Memories, exeriences, worship

Trip Start Nov 06, 2009
Trip End Nov 14, 2009

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

This morning I was able to do my favorite hobby here in Lima... COOK!!!  I made cinnamon rolls for Aunt Gloria and Uncle Oliver.  The visit with them has been such a blessing!  We have been able to see the work here at the Seminary!  I had to visit the cafeteria and find out what the INCREDIBLE smell was.  The cook was making Seco which is a peruvian stew made with a cilantro/culantro base and chicken/pollo.  He had a HUGE pot of Seco, rice and soup. 

Uncle Oliver took us to visit the home of a missionary who was shot during the time Jeff was here.  It was an emotional visit but also a good one.  In 87 Jeff was able to ride his bike from his house to these friends house... now... not so much.  The Pan American highway has expanded to many lanes and has a cement wall separating opposite traffic.  There is a furniture store built on the property where Jeff used to live.  Once again the stories of this event came to life for me.  Seeing Jeff ride his bike and being told Uncle Tom had been shot.  The sacrifices these missionaries made to spread the gospel comes alive.  Uncle Tom was shot on the stairs of the picture I have posted.

We experienced the CENTER of Lima today.  We met our friends Herbert and Isabel in Centre de Lima where the presidential palace is at.  We walked the streets and experienced yet another side of Peru.  WALKING WALKING WALKING!!!!!!   I really enjoyed seeing this part... the people are just amazing!!!  So, we are walking down "normal" business street really... no cars and such, then all of a sudden... the scenery changes, the smell changes, the people change and a sense of "I'm not in Kansas AGAIN" came over me.  From one street corner to the next there was this huge change.  We were walking with determination to get to our destination so I didn't ask chit chatty questions just kept my purse in front of me and kept WALKING!  We arrived at the most awesome little Chifa.  This is a chinese restaurant.  There is a large china town in Lima.  Our friend Herbert is half Chinese and eats at this place all the time.  The food was not even describable... my taste buds will never be the same :)  I say that in a VERY good way!!!!  They had the silver wear in a bowl of steaming water to sanitize when we sat at the table.  Herbert ordered and they brought out 4 plates of incredible food.  One had shrimp in it so Jeff did not eat that one... he even took a benadryl just to be on the safe side.  The meal and experience was priceless!  We had a bunch of left overs that we had boxed up.  We took a taxi a part of the way then walked some more.  I assumed this food was for Herbert and Isabel's kids.  As we are walking I noticed Herbert crossing traffic (not an easy task) and Isabel just acted like this was normal.  Jeff and I look over and Herbert gave the leftovers to a lady from the mountains, she had 3 kids hanging on her.  These people come in to see if they can get food, clothing... anything to take back to their people.  Needless to say it was a moment of soul searching for me... how often do I LOOK for opportunities to "cross the busy street" to give away food that I could give to my own family???????  

Last on our agenda today was a Hillsong United concert.  We arrived in a taxi where the driver was in a protective cage.  Herbert told him it was to protect the passengers from the taxi driver... the driver laughed :)   We walked ALL OVER trying to find our gate.  Finally found our gate and sit down and I ask the dreaded question "que banos?"  Yeah... bathrooms????  are you kidding????  they have porta potties here but when you have porta potties in a third world country they are not the "nice" ones like you have in the states LOL  so just a little picture.... it's PITCH BLACK... no stadium lights outside of the middle area.  I carry my own TP now so I realize I forgot it in my purse that Jeff was holding so Isabel pulls out some from hers.  So... when in Rome......   :)   It's all good!!!!   The worship was amazing!!!  I was touched to hear so many praising God in this country... just amazing!!!!  A lady across from us had come from Venezuela for this concert. Some from Chile, all over South America they came for this concert... it was an amazing experience and... FRIO!!!!  I was so cold I was shaking.  My wonderful husband wrapped me up in his jacket (I already had one on but he gave me his too)
We took a bus back to San Felipe and then a taxi home.  The roads of Lima at midnight are almost empty which was very strange to see because people stay out VERY late here. We were pulled over by policia but it was just a normal routine "can I see your license" stop.  We arrived here at the seminary about 12:30... exhausted but with a feeling of such blessings!!!!
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