Day 8 (Part 2) – Winding Down

As I mentioned in Part 1, I had just left Angely and her mom to walk to the main road with Francesca to catch a cab. I had to quickly find Shirley to say goodbye. She had been traveling with us all week and translating for my family group. She had been wonderful! As I bent down to hug her, she started encouraging me and saying she would miss me. I think I had been holding in a lot of emotion from visiting with Angely, and now here I was saying goodbye to another friend. I just broke down and couldn’t talk for a little while. I was glad to have my trip guide in my hands so I could hold it in front of my face (below my eyes) so I could see to walk to the bus without everyone seeing my horrible cry face. (I’m determined to find Shirley on Facebook!) Continue reading

Day 7 – Return to Lima

Friday, June 12th.

Today we got up bright and early to pack up and head back to Jauja to fly back to Lima. It was sad to leave Huancayo. When we were in Huancayo, we were always reminded that we were in Peru when we walked out the door. It was noisy since cabs advertise by honking their horns, but it was a very cool place to be. Continue reading

Day 6 – Sightseeing

Thursday, June 11th.

Today we got to sleep in a little longer than usual as we weren’t going to visit any projects. There were some people in our group who would have their fun day with their sponsored children today so they and some of their families were able to come with us on our sightseeing adventures. The first stop was a park in Huancayo. We had a local tour guide with us. It’s very hard to stay together as a group when you have so many people plus a large park to explore! While we were there, there was a large group of school children there also. As background, they don’t see large groups of Americans and/or tourists in that town very often so we were celebrities somewhat. They love having their picture taken so they were in many of our pictures! See below. I had a group of girls that wanted their pictures taken in various locations. I do know enough Spanish to say “uno mas” so that I indicated it was the last one! After I took pictures and let them see, they were nice enough to hug and kiss me and say thank you. I’m tellin’ ya, I can’t get enough of that. So sweet!! Continue reading

Day 5 – Manicures, Anyone?

Wednesday, June 10th.

Today we stayed in Huancayo at a local center. We were running VBS in the afternoon at this particular center so it was nice to stay in one place all day but no less tiring! Upon our arrival, we hugged the staff and kids as usual and then entered to hear music playing and dancing/running in a circle with the director! It was a fantastic time! I know pictures of me exist running around with her, but I haven’t seen them yet! We were always met with such excitement everywhere we went that it just filled me with joy every time! Continue reading

Day 4 – Sapallanga & Chupaca

Tuesday, June 9th.

After such amazing experiences on Monday, our first real day of experiences down here, I was so excited for Tuesday! I was exhausted after travel and trying to adjust to the altitude, but I think we were all experiencing a little bit of a rush!

As an aside, I just went to Walmart tonight and bought some items to send to Angely for her 9th birthday. It’s in September, but it takes a good 3 months for items to get there at the moment so I am sending things now. I’m so grateful that the Compassion staff traveling with us were able to mention that they are actively trying to reduce the time between letters. I can’t tell you how excited I am to buy her things knowing more about her interests and what kinds of things I can send through the mail! More about that in the post for Saturday. Continue reading

Day 3 – San Jeronimo de Tunan

Monday, June 8th.

Oh my heart. Deanna. Kids. Moms. Families. Babies.

After breakfast and morning devotions and prayer, we all piled in two small buses. We used two smaller ones because going into the mountains requires smaller vehicles! (As it turns out, that’s not always true!) We headed up to Hualhuas just to the north of Huancayo to visit a Child Survival Project (CSP). When we arrived, the mothers and babies were out to greet us! Continue reading

Day 2 – Travel to the Highlands

Sunday, June 7th.

Part of our group left at 5:45 AM (!) to head to the airport to travel to Huancayo. After breakfast, the rest of us met at 9:30 for worship and devotions on the 3rd floor terrace. We all went around the circle, introduced ourselves, and told stories of how long we had sponsored a child and how we got to that point. (Spoiler: all God’s doing) I will share my story although there were some very powerful ones to be heard, and if my fellow travelers wish to share, by all means, do so in the comments! Continue reading

Day 1 – Meet the Team at Concourse J

The adventure begins!

I was fortunate enough to be on Delta’s first nonstop flight from Indianapolis to Miami at 8:50 on June 6th! Funny how God works out small details like that. I’ve never been to the Miami airport, and it’s massive so I was pleased when I disembarked and found that my bags and the Avianca counter were on exactly the same concourse! Once I checked in to my Avianca flight to Lima, I headed down Concourse J to find lunch and the other wonderful sponsors with whom I would be spending the week. Continue reading