Holly Pearson wrote this on her blog today. She is a member of Vision. She and her husband have been in Peru for 3 months now. They leave today to return to the states. We will hear a special testimony from Holly, Andrew, Kelli, and Robert on Thursday. I think that you are going to enjoy it very much.
I thank God for giving us some super good young people and I am really looking forward to them being home again.
I have no idea where to begin this blog post. There are really no words to decribe the kind of emotions I am experiencing. I wrote a post before we ever left to come to Peru, about feeling like it would be harder to leave Peru and come back to the states than it would be to come down here. I was definatly right, but for different reasons. I thought that I would have a hard time coming back to no house, no job, no—well you get it, but the hard part isnt coming back to nothing, but instead, its leaving everything. I would have never imagined that I would fall in love with Peru to the extent that I have. I was excited about coming here, and I knew I would love being here, but this is now a different kind of love, a burden and a heart ache about leaving.
Friday was my last day in Language School, and needless to say, I shed a lot of tears. We had normal classes until the last 2 hours, when we all got together, they suprised us with a cake, and everyone took turns saying some of the sweetest things I’ve ever been told. The teachers here are some of the most amazing men and women you could ever meet. Ziada and I are definatly two in the same, because of all the teachers and students, she and I took turns making each other cry. Zaida has made the biggest impact on my life over the past few months, and I could never thank her enough for all of her hard work, patience, and testimony. She really does reflect the Lord in her life, and she taught me so much more than just Spanish. I’ll post a seperate post about her later.
Today was our last service at Omega…and it was a beautiful way to end our stay here. I could have filled a bucket with the tears I cried, what an great testimony for Omega Baptist Church. I have seen God move in this church, and use some great men and women to do some wonderful things. I am sad to leave them.
I got to enjoy one of my favorite things today, and watched several futbal games…dont ask me why I love it, but I have a strange facination with it
So, we leave Arequipa in just a matter of hours, and I am still thinking of ways to get out of getting on that plane. I have learned so much about myself here; humility, patience, and dependency to name a few. I have made friendships that go beyond words (literally, in Spanish or English) I have reached my goal that I set for myself in the language, and I have been given a burden so strong, that tears are my only responce to the thought of leaving.
Thank you to everyone who had a part in helping us to get to Peru, and please continue to pray that the Lord would lead us as we work on getting back to Peru as soon as possible.