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Peru Day Six

February 8, 2010

January 15, 2010

Well we are up at daylight again. Today we pack everything including all the tools, live chickens, eggs and bananas so we can head for another village. This is a workday for the men of the village and as we are leaving we see them out mowing the grass on the soccer field with machetes. We are low on drinking water as we are trying to conserve by purchasing some soda from the local store. The store is in someone’s house and only has a few bottles of soda and a few snacks. If we run out of drinking water we would have to boil river water to drink so I purchased a three liter bottle of Lemon Lime soda to drink during the day. We said goodbye to the people of Bella Vista and were off down the Tigre River.

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We went back down the Tigre River where we stopped at a village called Pivra. We were able to buy a few one-liter bottles of water. This is one of the villages where some members of our W&W team built a church last year. We found that the Youth Team from Minnesota had been there and drilled a fresh water well earlier in January.

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We then proceeded down the Tigre River to the Intersection of the Maranon River. It was a refreshing ride. The temperature was a little cooler and with the breeze from the boat made it a pleasant trip. We stopped at another small village where the boat drivers purchased gasoline for the outboard engines. The gasoline was delivered in old buckets and plastic containers.

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We went down the Maranon River to a smaller river called Jana Jeko where we entered the Pacays-Samiria National Reserve. We all had to disembark, show our permits and sign into the park before we could go on to the village. We met several children selling native crafts like necklaces and carvings. I purchased a carved bird for 15 Soles or a little over five dollars. The bird was carved from a nut, which they called vegetable ivory. I did not have the correct change and was given a necklace as change.

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This village, called Buna Vista, is in the Pacays-Samiria National Reserve. This is the largest reserve in Peru with a protected area of Five Million Acres between the Maranon River and the Ucayali River. These two rivers come together between the town of Nauta and Iquitos to form the Amazon River.

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We were very lucky to get a permit to enter this reserve, as many foreigners are not allowed to enter. We were allowed in because of the Nazarene Church in the village we are to visit. This reserve was established to protect Cayman Alligators and Paiche Fish, which are unique to this area. In addition to this there are over 1,950 different species of birds, animals, reptiles, fish and plants in the reserve.

After we sign in it is off the village of  Buenos Aires a short way down the river. On the trip down this river we see Pink Bellied Dolphins swimming in groups. We can hear them blowing air out their blowholes to breathe. By the time we reach the village it is late afternoon. We get set up in another schoolhouse similar to the one we were in at Bellavista. We have a little daylight left so we get started on the church. We built some trusses and got started on the framing. Again I was working with Paul cutting boards for the rest of the team. We had a little supper after dark and then off to bed.

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I should tell you that each day we would have devotions where each member of the team was asked to tell a little bit about themselves. They were also asked to share how they came to Jesus and one of their favorite Bible verses. This was a great way to get to know each of the team members and hear some great stories about their journey in Christ.

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