After a 3 hour flight that was supposed to begin at 10:30 but was delayed an 2 hours, we finally arrived at the Lima airport at about 3am this morning. We flew on a Brazilian airline that offered some cheap tickets with a side of turbulence for almost the entire duration of the flight. It wouldn't be the worst thing if we never flew with them again. Anyway, the missionary and the guys we are staying with were there waiting for us (thankfully) and we made it across town to get a few hours sleep before church this morning. It was a huge encouragement to go worship with the congregation. There seems to be a large group of young people that is very strong. We don't really have any idea what we'll be doing here yet, but we're supposed to get all of that worked out tomorrow morning with Paul and the other people that are working with us this summer. Apparently the church's last meeting as a whole was today, and they are splitting into three congregations because of distance and rent issues. The congregation was so welcoming. Everyone was great at learning your name and starting conversations with us. I can already tell that they're going to be great. I'm excited to find out the direction of the summer!
After church today we went to eat at a wonderful restaurant called San Antonio's that seems to be in the gringo part of town, like much of what we did in Santiago. I got some kind of terriaki sandwich and we went to Starbucks after that was next door. After that we went to the supermarket to get groceries. I FOUND DR PEPPER!!! You should have been there to see how happy I was.
I should explain who we're working with this summer. In May, a group of 6 students from the Sunset Bible Institute in Lubbock arrived with a commitment of spending 2 years in Lima with this church as part of their missions training. The 3 girls and 3 guys have two apartments here (where Reid and I are staying) and it looks as though we will be working closely with them. Their Spanish is basically as rough as mine and we all have much to learn together. Anyway, I will hopefully be posting some pictures soon. We don't have internet access at our apartment, but here at the missionary's home we do, and apparently the group spends quite a bit of time in cafes (and Starbucks) using wifi. I can't wait to get back soon with more news about our time here. Peace!
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Posted by Jerms at 8:29 PM