Thursday, May 26, 2011

Peru

I am unofficially terrible at keeping and updating a blog. If you are reading this, you probably already know I'm headed to Peru this summer! I figured I would try and keep this up to date while I'm gone. I'm making it my goal to at least try and update this once a week while I am gone. For those of you that don't know, I'll start from the beginning on how/why I'm headed to Peru this summer.

In November 2009 I went to Peru on a mission trip with my church, we stayed 10 days, and literally on day 1 God planted the desire to come back to that country. I was reading over my journal that I kept while in country the 1st time, and it is astounding to me how early I wrote in my journal that I wanted to come back. Several years ago, God planted the desire to teach overseas in my heart. I just figured it would always be a dream of mine; a dream that would stay locked up in my "dream" drawer. When I got back from Peru the 1st time, I looked into going back over the summer, but that's where it stayed. I looked into it, it didn't work out, I forgot about it.

Well I want to tell you that I serve an awesome, dream making God! Here's how: earlier this year (2010) my pastor went back to Peru and just in conversation happened to mention that I had been interested in coming back. The missionary he was talking to gave Bro Bill his email address to give to me. Bro Bill got back and gave me the email and I sat on it for a few weeks. I guess I figured since it didn't work out the first time, why would this be any different. When I finally started praying about it I just told myself, "why not, go ahead and email him." So I did, and to make a long story short, I was accepted as part of the ESL team in Lima, Peru. Which is exciting to me in two ways: #1. It is a teaching assignment. I completely know how to do that! #2. It's in Lima. I fell in love with Lima when we were there previously. God is so good! I've always thought of "overseas mission work" as rough, hands on, labor intensive work. Never in my wildest dream did I think God would answer my prayers of teaching overseas and heading back to Peru all at the same time!

Here is the part where you (the reader) come in :) I am asking you to pray for me. I am leaving June 1st and will be in Lima for 8 weeks. I will be part of a 3 person team who will be going into universities, recruiting, and teaching English to young Peruvians. The idea is that once these Peruvians become fluent in English, they will be sent out as translators with mission groups that come from the U.S. Some of these people that will be in our classes are believers, but some are not. God has already provided the money, the only I ask of you is to provide the prayer! Please pray for me, for my team, and for the people that we will be working with this summer. I am excited to get to Lima and form relationships with people who so desperately want to learn the English language! I am also humbled that God has chosen me to use His word to teach my language. It's quite mind boggling when I really sit down and think about it.

I ran across this the other day as I was reading. It sums up everything I am trying to say...

"Pray for us too, that God will give us many opportunities to speak about His mysterious plan concerning Christ...Pray that I will proclaim this message as clearly as I should." Colossians 4:3-4