In this season of new beginnings we wanted to recommend to you 5 books, 2 video series, and 1 journal article that have impacted us in the past year and that may impact you in 2016.
Happy New Year! In this special edition of the Team Arequipa newsletter we want to suggest 15 of our favorite books and tell you why we like them. In this day and age of fast information—140-character tweets and BuzzFeed lists designed to be quickly consumed and discarded—we believe the discipline of reading a book from cover to cover is important. In Peru we see the devastating impact of poor literacy and the lack of a culture of reading (which is why CUDA is working with Peruvian students, parents, and teachers to create a love for reading). Reading empowers. Literacy affects all areas of a society. Books provide opportunities for learning, whether you agree or disagree with the author's conclusions. We hope you'll pick a book or two (or fifteen!) from this list and resolve along with us to read more this new year.
A word about the new look. First of all, we hope you, the reader, dig it. Our newsletters are for your benefit. The bit of extra work we put into this little publication is meant to make your reading experience more than just informational. And we figure, if we’re going to do something, we might as well kick it up a notch.
The Team Arequipa field workers have been here for a year! We have been blessed, and we have so many of you to thank for your prayers and support. We serve a faithful God. He has been good to us. For this publication we each decided to write a reflection on the last year. Enjoy the read. We look forward to many years to come!
Our team of wonderful people has been planning mission work in Arequipa for years now. Yet, the team has morphed through the years so that my beautiful bride and I were the only two (of six) who had been in the city. Our vision casting has been second hand in the main, based on my impressions and those of former team members. The team has nurtured love for people whose faces it has not seen. It has tried to image God’s faithfulness in the unknown. At last it was necessary to stand in the city.
Team Arequipa is very proud to release its first newsletter. As we take this next small step in our journey toward the mission field our excitement grows, and we are hopeful that yours will as well. God has continued to bless us all along this path with support and encouragement. We hope to continue fostering support for the sake of our work and to give encouragement in return with the monthly testimony of what God is doing in us.