I was looking through my blog today and trying to find ways to spice it up a little bit, and I realized that I haven't really posted anything in detail about Peru!
I will be staying in Cusco, Peru, which is settled up in the middle of the mountains at about 10,000 feet above sea level. The seasons are reversed there, so when I will be there, it will be the rainy season. I have been looking at the weather lately, and it has been staying around the 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit range during the day, and dropping near freezing at night.
As I wrote in the post under the "My Story" tab (check it out ;) I will be staying with the Rodriguez family, Albino, Sandy, and their three beautiful children, Doriana, Tobias, and Felicity. They run a ministry out of their home called La Casa Del Maestro (meaning The House of the Master Teacher in Spanish). They take in youth my age and older from the Quechuan villages surrounding Cusco and give them a safe place to stay while they attend school at the local college, Colegio San Gabriel . They also work to equip the youth as they prepare to take on life on their own, as you all know is difficult (I can't say I've come close to experiencing that yet!)
Their home is currently housing 9 youth from the villages, their 5 family members, and soon to be me! 15 people in one home is sure to be wild! When I began talking with Sandy, I had told her how I wanted to be doing some volunteering in an orphanage, which there happens to be right down the road. Hopefully it is in God's plan that I am able to help their, but if not, there are countless opportunities for me even in the Rodriguez's home! Staying there with the 9 other youth is going to be a lot like a dorm experience, as I'll be sharing a room with 2 other girls, and all of us will share a kitchen where we'll cook, clean, and eat together. I am so excited to meet everyone, but also a little bit nervous for the slight language difference at first.
Our flight to Peru leaves at 2 pm on Thursday, September 20 from Grand Rapids. From there, we're off to Dallas (and a 6 hour layover), and then an overnight flight into Lima, Peru, and finally to Cusco at 10 am on Friday. There is a one hour time difference, right now it is 9 am instead of 10 am, and there is no daylight savings time, so eventually we will have the same time.
I can't wait to start exploring, Machu Picchu is just up the mountains! God is so good and I can't wait to see what He and Cusco has in store for me!
From my reading yesterday:
Rejoice always, pray continually, gives thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Jesus Christ.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18