As the leaves start to fall and as the children begin to put on their sweaters back home, dreaming of the candy they will get on Halloween, I am getting a #2 haircut (yes, that short), and preparing for the heat wave of November. Different worlds indeed! But, that is why it is all exciting in the end!
this week was the continuation of the month long celebration of Jesus Christ
for Catholics here in Peru. Or, more specifically, the celebration of El Señor
de los Milagros. This week there was a parade every night throughout all of the
town where at least 500 Catholics crowded the streets and made walking
literally impossible. It was quite interesting, yet a little unwanted as we
were late to everything because of it. But, it is nice that people want to
praise Christ. It was also fun because during the parade, a group of guys who
we played futbol with in the past saw us and started yelling out (and then
chanting) "Rich!!!" I laughed and had quite a good time this week.
of the people, we also met a man who (besides being insanely drunk) said he was
from Utah and that he was Mormon. But, he said all of this in perfect English.
I was very much impressed, and had the situation not been as extremely
dangerous as it was (because literally...this guy was just wasted), I would
have liked to stayed and chatted about Utah with him and his life as a Mormon.
Perhaps another day.
week we also decided to be adventurous, and so we went to a restaurant called
"Happy Chicken" to purchase and devour "pollo a la brasa."
(It is basically grilled chicken breast with great spices) It was quite pricey,
but it was also super delicious and I got to try 3 new Peruvian sauces made
specifically for french fries and chicken: a ranch sauce, a spicy cream sauce,
and some weird red sauce that was just...different. I can´t explain it much
better, I apologize.
terms of our work this week, we also had some interesting lessons. First off,
we had a lesson right outside of our door. Since we are teaching a young man
who lives in our building, we went onto the roof (where our room/house is),
pulled out three chairs from our house and had a lesson right there. It
was quite unique but also quite rewarding as this young man has such a great
love for God and everyone in the world. He prayed for at least 5 minutes for
everyone suffering in the world and everyone who did not know God so that they
could be blessed with the knowledge that they have a father in the heavens who
loves them and wants them to have the knowledge that he exists. It was moving
and powerful, and he really is an amazing man. We have a baptism date set for
him for 2 weeks from now, so we will see if things work out for him! We also
are teaching a young boy of 9 years and so for a lesson this week we invited
some members (2 9 year olds) to help out. Well, they came and brought 2 more 9
year olds from off the street. Literally just 2 random kids (named Jesús and
Cristian ((Jesus Christ, go figure!)). Anyways, the lesson became a lesson for
5 9 year olds and we then committed all of them to sharing the lesson with
their families, and so besides playing babysitter, we also indirectly taught 5
different families. Success indeed!
that has been about it for this week (and for time!). Hope all is going well
with everyone back home! You are all in my prayers and I hope you are feeling
blessings in your lives in some form or another! God truly does want us to be
happy and he really does bless us everyday, we just need to look for those
blessings and gives thanks...and then we get more! It is crazy how that works,
but it is true too. We have a loving Heavenly Father (un amoroso Padre
last note, a special shout out to Brynly: Feliz Cumpleaños, mi hermanita!!!!
amor y muchos oraciones,