Well, I thought I would be able to write something on here yesterday, but we had to talk with our supervisor and we just ran out of time to use the internet. So, I’m sorry I’m a day late but I will try to make this one long and detailed!
Last Monday we arrived in Iquitos and stayed there for the night. It rained really hard and that was the first real rain that we have seen in Peru. We got on a boat to go to our villages Tuesday morning. We rode on 2 boats and our ride! Then we got on the Napo River, which is the river the we had to take to get to our villages. One group went to a village called Yurak Yaku and my group went to a village called Urco Maranyo. When we got to our village we put up our tents and tried to get everything inside so that it wasn’t sitting outside in the muddy, wet grass. After that we had church service. It was neat to be in a church building…that was the first service I have been to in Peru that was actually in a church building. The next morning we went to the elementary school and taught a bible story and some songs. We had a lot of fun. After that I went in the first aid building with the pastor/teacher/doctor and sat with him while he gave out medicine to sick children. He tested a little girl for malaria while I was in there and he said that he could tell from her blood sample that she had malaria. After that a little boy with stomach pains came in and he had to give him a shot in the butt. He asked me if I wanted to do it. Haha…Katy I know you would have done an awesome job, but I didn’t want to do it because I was scared the little boy would cry. I’m glad that I was able to sit it on the clinic that day…it was a neat experience. Thursday morning we got up and went to the high school. My friend Melody taught a bible story and then I taught English. It was a fun morning. After that we packed our stuff on the boat and then had a baptism. Eight teenagers were baptized and it was truly an awesome experience. After that we went back to talk with some of the school kids and I gave away the gum that I brought with me. It was kind of scary because there was a mob of kids following me around. After that we told another bible story and then it was time to get on the boat. We had to pick up the other team from their village and then we went halfway back to Iquitos to another village to spend the night. We went to a church service there and got to sleep in a bed. Pretty sure the bed was full of bugs, but at least it was a bed! It was in this village that a ton of mosquitos bit me! I just don’t know what it is about my South Carolina blood…but they loved it! The funniest part is that the whole time we were in the jungle I didn’t see any moquitos…they just bit me and disappeared. It was crazy. Friday morning we got up early and headed back to Iquitos. We went to lunch…and I was happy to pass on the fried alligator. I think guinea pig is adventurous enough for me! : ) Friday night we flew back to Lima, and we are here in Lima until Tuesday when we fly back to the United States!!
One of the coolest things was when Melody and I went out on the river in a canoe. It was awesome…except that we were horrible at rowing! We had a lot of fun trying though! I had to keep scooping water out of the canoe because if I didn’t we would have sunk!
Tomorrow we are planning to go to an orphanage here in Lima. I hope that it works out so that we can go! Tomorrow night we are going to help teach a translator class here in Lima. I think it is a conversation class, so we are just going to be talking with the students to help them with their English.
Please continue praying for us as we are all preparing to come home. We appreciate that! Also, please pray for my Aunt Cindy. I found out yesterday that she had to go to the hospital, and just pray that she will be feeling better soon and that the doctors will be able to know what is wrong. Thanks so much for all the prayers, I know that they have helped me so much on the trip already! I can’t wait to be home and tell you guys about all the awesome things that God has done on this trip. None of the awesome things were because of me…they were all because of Him! Thanks again, and I’ll see you in 3 days!
PS- Daddy, I just wanted to tell you that I am so proud of the capitalization and punctuation! You have improved so much! Now you will have no problem e-mailing me when I’m at school! : ) See you Wednesday!
I will try to write again before Wednesday! Thanks for reading!