The sun comes up SO early here! I woke up this morning thinking that I had slept until the afternoon, but in reality, it was 6:30. We had probably the best pancakes I've ever eaten for breakfast (I had brown sugar on mine ;).
On Sundays, the Rodriguez's like to try different churches, but today we went to one of their favorites called Vida (meaning "Life" in Spanish). There were less people than at LifeQuest, but the feel was very similar. I was greeted by so many people, and felt very welcomed. I didn't recognize many of the songs, but I loved them all the same. One song I did know, and it was the Spanish version of Big Daddy Weave's "The Lion and the Lamb". One of the well known lines in English is "For who can stop the Lord Almighty?" In Spanish it is "Quien como el señor Dios fuerte". I love the line in English, and love it in Spanish too :)
After church we went home for a late lunch of hamburger casserole, with marshmallows for dessert and a gussanito (gummy worm).
Once rest time was done, I helped get Doriana and Toby ready for school, we packaged all of their candy up to give to their classmates.
The kids were occupied and I had a little bit of time to talk with Sandy about my plans for while I'm here. She is sending out emails today! One to the orphanage (yay!) and another to one of the area schools who are looking for some after school help for the students. In addition to these two things, I'll be helping the family get the community center up and running, and watching the house while they are gone, just to be sure that at least someone is in the house. I'll also work with the other jovenes (young people) who live in the house doing group discussions as well as leading a bible study! I'm really excited about these opportunities, because both teaching and youth ministry have been interest of mine as far as pursuing a career. I get to experience both while I'm here!
I got to FaceTime with the youth group tonight too! (If you're reading this, I love and miss you :).
Right now I'm sitting in a chair writing, but also watching the candidates for the Cusco elections, which are coming up in October. The way that the candidates campaign is something I've never seen before. There are literally parades, with everyday people putting balloons, flags, banners, air horns, and speakers on their cars and driving through the streets as they honk and play music. Today, Toby, Felicity, and I watched one of the parades (I couldn't tell you who the candidate was) and one truck had a whole band in the bed of his truck. Could you imagine if that happened in the U.S? I think we could have even bigger problems than we do now!
Tomorrow, Sandy and I will be heading into town to get my dollars changed to soles, so I can finally go shopping and get more shampoo!