There are many parts to our ministry here: church planting, discipleship, CUDA. A big part of the ministry that Team Arequipa 1.0 dreamed about before reaching the field was an internship program. We have all been influenced by short-term missions. We were all greatly enriched by the opportunities that our universities offered to study abroad or travel to other countries in the summer. We wanted to offer that opportunity to others through our work here. September 1 is Team Arequipa’s six year anniversary. We have hosted six groups of interns in our time here. It is exciting to see Team Arequipa 2.0 come in with the same desire to build on the internship program. There will be many more Arequipa interns in years to come.
The family of God is big, and one of the neatest parts of working as a foreign missionary is that you connect to so many Christians from various parts of the world. We have been greatly blessed by the summer interns and 2-year apprentices that have joined our work throughout the year. We learned new things every single summer. Since we just finished hosting our last group of interns in our time here, I thought it would be appropriate to post pictures of all the groups of interns and apprentices that have come through. This doesn’t count the groups that Bill Richardson brought through (3 different times). Connections are wonderful, and many of these guys are still in contact with us. It is our prayer that God impacts their lives through their experience here in AQP, and they carry his mission to wherever they go from here. All of our interns, apprentices and visitors are part of very special memories and times here in Arequipa for us.
Our first intern was Aaron in June/July 2009. Larissa’s sister, Briana, and our friend Kristen came to learn Spanish that summer.
Our first apprentice, Rachel Steele, arrived in February of 2010. She stayed two years.
Internship June/July of 2010: Whitney, Bob, and David
Internship June/July 2011: April, Hope, Stephanie, and Manet
Internship June/July 2012: (the biggest group ever) Ann, Katie, Emily, Rebecca, Jordan, Taylor, and Sean
Internship June/July 2013: Parker, Kayla, Lisette, and Gerina AND Aaron returned with his wife, Arielle, for a summer
August-December 2013: Catherine came to live with us for a fall semester to learn Spanish in preparation for her future job.
Apprentices October 2013-2015: Andrew and Bethany Grey
Internship June/July 2014: Kayla, Christy, Lexi, Fiama, and Mat
We love each and every one of you. Thank you for enriching our journey while here in Peru!
I feel super behind on blogging about things going on around here. But, as the title suggests, sometimes it is hard to blog in a whirlwind. Speaking of whirlwinds, this past week, Arequipa had the craziest storm. A sand cloud swirled around the city with high powered winds for close to eight hours. In the five years we have lived here, I have never seen anything like it. It has also been very overcast which is unusual for this time of year (our winter months). I don’t like the overcast skies, but I do love what is left on the mountains when the clouds go away. Those beautiful mountains never get old.
I like to refer to this time as a whirlwind because of all of the activity and visitors we have had so far this year. God has richly blessed our lives in Arequipa, and I am taking a moment to record some of that journey since January.
In January, two families came to visit, the Daggetts and the Frouds. They are part of Team Arequipa 2.0, and we are so excited to welcome four new families to the field in 2014. The Daggetts stuck around for 2 months of language school. They lived with us in the month of January, and we loved getting to know them better and learning the ways of Daggett pizza.
February was a month that I would like to forget. The rain was the worst we have ever seen it, and our area of the city was without water for much of that month. Yuck.
March was back-to-school for the girls and for me (in the library program). The girls are now attending a school that is super close to our house. Greg and I are loving how easy it is to take them and pick them up from school. Also, one of my dear friends that I had been studying with, Areli, made the commitment to follow Christ and become a new creation.
In April, Julia and Kalin (friends of my sister), came through Arequipa and stayed with us for about a week. We celebrated Cohen’s BIG TWO, and Greg launched CeDeTe, a new theology program being offered through CUDA. I also started going to the school every Thursday to model reading comprehension strategies to 1st-3rd graders.
In May, Ana was inducted into the Policia Escolar, I attended the girls’ Mother’s Day performance, the church met together for a beautiful celebration of mothers, and the first string of researchers (nine students from Harding) passed through Arequipa on their way to Bolivia. We celebrated Etelvina (“Vina”) and had a weird week of overcast skies that left a beautiful blanket of snow on the mountains. Also in May, David Fann (a CUDA board member) visited with us for four days, and he was able to witness the inauguration of our very first national school library and the Minster of Education pinning me as a symbol of his gratitude and blessing on the Living Libraries Project. It was an awesome month.
June brings in all of our interns. Lisette, Gerina, and Kayla will all be living with us, and Parker is living with the Smith family. They seem like a fantastic group of chicos, and I am really looking forward to the summer with them. It is our first year to have a group of interns that do not know each other. Harding, Abilene Christian, and Oklahoma Christian are all represented in our internship this year.
As I type this post, Greg is enjoying some quality family time at Farmington. He spoke at the Christian Scholar’s Conference on a panel this week, and I am super proud of him. There is a lot spinning ahead of him (as we look forward into the future), and this conference was an event that we prayed a lot about. I am so happy that he will be returning soon. I am eager for us to enjoy these two months with the interns and welcoming in a group of close to 20 traveling with Bill and Holly Richardson. They will be visiting our work in the month of July.
After the internship…
In August, a girl is coming to spend a semester with us to work on her language skills. She will stay August through December.
The first week of September, Katy, my beautiful sister will be visiting for a week.
In mid-September my best friend, Jeannie, is getting married. I will not be missing it. 🙂 Our family will enjoy one month of furlough through part of October.
The end of September, Team Arequipa will welcome Andrew and Bethany. They are an Australian couple coming to work with us for a 2 year apprenticeship. We are really looking forward to their time in this beautiful city.
And in January 2014, our family will begin our final year in Arequipa, and we will be welcoming the first two families from Team Arequipa 2.0 (the Frouds and the Morgans).