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Peru Day 1 & 2

January 23, 2010
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January 10, 2010

Our goal for this trip was to build two churches, with the girls conducting bible school and crafts with the local children at small villages on the Tigre and Maranon Rivers just above the Amazon River in Peru.

All packed, I purchased some used cloths and a large suitcase for the trip from Goodwill. The plan is to donate all of the clothing and suitcase to the local churches in Peru. I also purchased 100 paper plates, some pencils and pencil sharpeners for the girls to use in Sunday school classes with the local children in Peru.

Flew to Atlanta then on to Miami Fl. where I met the rest of the team. Thirteen in all, some from Piqua, Ohio and some from southern Indiana.

January 11, 2010

Got on the airplane about midnight of the 10th. And we were off to Lima. Made it through customs and immigrations OK. Exchanged some money from dollars to Soles at a rate of 2.8 Soles per dollar.

Then we were off again. We flew over the Andes Mountains to the town of Iquitos, pronounced e-ket-tos. This is the largest city in the world that has no road access. You can only get there by airplane or by taking a boat up the Amazon River from Brazil. There are almost a half million people living there. We checked into the Hotel Europa in the center of the city, only one block from the Amazon River. We spent the rest of the day walking around the town. We saw one of the many markets. Ate in a restaurant that served chicken and alligator as their specialty.

Market in Iquitos

There were almost no cars in Iquitos. Everyone walked or rode motorcycles, mostly old air cooled four cycle engines 125 cc to 250cc. All of the taxies were three wheel motorcycles. See pictures, that’s easier than trying to explain. They said there are over sixty thousand of these three wheel motorcycles in the city. You can go almost anywhere in the downtown for 2 or 3 Soles, around a dollar.

Taxi

We met our leaders, Larry and Addie who are retired missionaries from the Church of the Nazarene. They have spent more than forty years in Peru. Larry is a Doctor and they had a clinic about 450 miles up the Maranon River for many of those years. They now come back in Peru to lead Work and Witness teams for the Church of the Nazarene. They have led over 200 W & W teams in Peru to date. They are in their 70’s and still going strong. Larry and Addie are responsible for bringing many many people to the Lord and should be kept in our prayers as they continue to host more W &W teams after we leave.

Larry and Addie

They explained that all of the material for the Churches had been shipped up river the week before and all of the foundations had been put in by the people who live in the villages we will visit. So it’s off tomorrow to start the building.

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