Diary from La Union, Peru
As mentioned earlier, I´m just a minor team player. This Maranatha project is possible because of our many team members. I apologize if my view seems a little skewed. But, I try to keep my ears opened regarding progress and issues from different groups.
Today, we had a nice day. We took off to do an excursion at the Inca Ruins. It was at least 5 miles away one way. I was a little bewildered and deeply concerned for Mark and Alan hiking both ways to the Inca Ruins, using Thom´s GPS device. The path up is a little treacherous. It consists of switchbacks. La Union is situated at 10,500 feet and the Inca Ruins were at 12,000 feet. However, the site was breathtaking. We saw an Inca palace, temple, and some Inca residences. We felt special because this site will eventually become as big as Machu Picchu one day. We were amazed at the perfect rectangular stones used to erect these ancient buildings.
The panoramic view brought us to a world that was so far away from our world in the US. Even pictures can not do justice in depicting our experiencing today. I realize that our God is great. The grandeur of his abundant love is beyond our comprehension. On our excursion, we were part of a vast painting of people and culture that is well preserved through time. The pastoral life fascinated me. We saw pigs, llama, sheep, and burros on our way up to the Ruins. The best way to sum it is Wow!
By the way, Mark did try to calm me down with an offer to shop at the local market. I might just have to take him on that offer.
Before I close this report, I´ld like to inform you of a few things. Please pray for our Maranatha team. We´ve had a few minor injuries, colds, and etc. The next few days will be very hectic as we wind down our activities. The church looks awesome. They started putting stucco on the church. The Medical team has seen many patients. They were averaging over 120 or more patients a day. Their stories are remarkable and sad. Sue, a nurse on the Medical team, told me that a large part of their work involves educating the patients. I should add that Mark has some nice pictures that he is uploading…
I need to go now but you will hear from the kids on this trip. I did an interview with three young missionaries. Stay tuned!