Monday night was very special. We spent the evening getting to know the women in Pat’s house and meeting their beautiful children. We spent some time getting to know each other better and gave the women and children gifts!! Our team was able to do something really special for the women rarely get to do- we took them to a restaurant for a delicious dinner! The restaurant had a ball pit in it and Taylor even got into the ball pit with most of the kids and since all of the balls were spilling out anyway, I took one of the balls and played with a little one year old boy named Sebastian. He is the cutest little guy you could ever find and his mom was very grateful that I engaged with him the last 20 minutes or so of our evening. One of the young ladies turned 15 on Sunday and we celebrated that birthday with her at the restaurant. We sang happy birthday, enjoyed tres leches cake and spent time playing with all of the kids! Turning 15 is a significant deal in Peru as it marks when a girl becomes a woman. We also went shopping with her to let her pick out some clothes and she was so very happy about that. These are special women and it was an honor to spend the evening with them and their children and to be a demonstration of God's amazing love for each of them!
Edgar (our bus driver) is a saint. He has not only driven us around every where we have gone, but he also managed to drive a bus with 10 women and 20 kids to and from dinner tonight. Which is something he does with a great big smile. In fact, the only time we have even been close to an accident in these crazy streets was when we had to take a taxi! Edgar and Chuck had gone to the airport to get our final piece of lost luggage. It seems like no one follows any rules of the road that I can see - they pretty much just do what they want to, but somehow most of the time they aren’t barging into each other. Red traffic lights in the area are only suggestions.
We have a great crew of people here representing Jesus and the people we have interacted with in Peru couldn’t be nicer or more welcoming. I am excited to see what tomorrow has in store. God is good.