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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Peru Update 5/13

Travel Status - Back in Lima again! We arrived back from Urubamba this past Saturday afternoon. Our time spent in the Andes mountains at the small Bible school was both challenging and exciting. Seth thoroughly enjoyed teaching the Baptist Distinctives class, and Crystal had a great time with the girls many of the evenings for dorm meetings. Seth also had many opportunities to preach in various churches throughout the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Future Schedule - We are planning on staying in Lima for the next three weeks, and then flying back to Minnesota. Lord willing, we will be visiting two more seminaries in the city, speaking several more times, packing up our belongings, continuing Spanish studies, and saying goodbye to friends.
Prayer Requests - Pray that 1. God will continue to fashion us into His image 2. that we will continue to stay focused for our final weeks, and 3. we will have wisdom for future decisions concerning ministry and studies.
The Peru Side - The diversity of the country of Peru was evidenced at the Bible school. Within the small group of students, five different languages were present. Only a minority learned Spanish as their first language. There were students who spoke Yine from jungle villages located 4 days by bus, boat and canoe. A group was present who spoke Aymara from the high plateau around Lake Titicaca (the highest navigable lake in the world) located in southern Peru. And there were others who spoke Quechua (2nd national language of Peru) from villages spattered throughout the heights of the Andes mountains. Both of us were faced with the challenge of bridging the language gap from English to Spanish while others were bridging the gap on the other side.

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