We are back in Lima. This morning we had a wonderful breakfast at the hotel. We sat in a garden in the back of the hotel. Breakfast consisted of fresh baked rolls, strawberry jam, orange juice and coffee or tea if we wanted it.

Then it was off to jobsite. The people welcomed us with hugs and kisses and a sign half in Spanish and half in English thanking Jesus for the homes.

There was a man who had stayed up most if not all night, framing the homes out to protect them against thieves. The homes were not finished but they were not going to be carted away either. The people wanted to us to see each home in its location with the receiving family. As we arrived at each casa, there stood a family freshly washed and dressed in their finest clothes, thanking us and wanting us to rejoice with them. It was very humbling for us.

We call them homes but they are pre fabricated wooden huts. They might be very similar to a shed you might have in your backyard to house mower and gardening tools.

We took more pictures, hugged many and thanked everyone. Then we were off. We went through the desert on a bus with no name. The sand dunes are enormous in the open desert, hundreds of feet high. The largest sand dune in the world is thirty minutes south of Pisco. Who knew?

Upon returning to Lima we tried some of the local cuisine, Burger King. And then off to the University.

There is a Southern Baptist Missionary who works primarily with colleges and Universities. Most all college students have rejected religion, which for most all is Catholicism. But being a superstitious people, they still want more information just in case. We spent three hours talking with them. Our initial response was how are going to fill three hours. When the time was up, no one wanted to leave. It was our first prolonged contact with Peruvians who could understand us. They wanted to know about customs (weddings) and culture (hip hop and classical especially the Romantic Period). They wanted to know what we thought of Peru. Did we go to Macchu Picchu? Have we tried any Peruvian meals? Do you know anything about futbol? The Backstreet Boys and 50 Cent were the artists mentioned by the college students. As these students are striving to learn English, they pronounce 50 properly, which of course is an incorrect pronunciation of 50 Cent’s name. The concept of slang and dialects in English is foreign to them. This is certainly something that was of mutual benefit. But the best part for us was answering “Why did you come to Peru?” Without exception we were able to tell them why. Most everyone was able to open a Spanish New Testament and share a few verse of God’s truth, explaining why we were there. We then left the Bible in their hands and encouraged them to learn for themselves. It was a wonderful time, genuine, warm, open and inviting.

Sadly, we left at the appointed time and arrived at Brian and Mychelle Garrison’s home for more native food. This time Papa Johns pizza. We also had fresh fruit and vegetables for the first time without fear. They have a lovely home and it was a great time of fellowship and relaxation after a day and a half in the open desert. The other couples from Partners for Peru were there as well and we celebrated Brent William’s birthday with them. These three families are wonderful representatives of the Savior, not just in Peru, but anywhere. It has been good to get to know them better.

Tomorrow off to Rachel´s school and the open air market for street evangelism. Puppet shows and tract distribution.

Due to technical difficulties, no pictures posted as yet. it may not occur while in Peru. Sorry to dash any hopes. Maybe something to ask God about if you are so inclined.

Thank you for the prayers. Our team has functioned well and been gracious towards one another in tight quarters. God has opened ¨bowels of compassion¨for these people. we look forward to each new opportunity. thank you all for participating with us.