As I sat in our planning meeting the other day, it dawned on me that my new job as a volunteer with CUDA is to spend all of my time doing, in my opinion, the best part of these doctors’ jobs because they don’t have time. I couldn’t help but feel downright giddy about the prospect. What a gift from God!
On October 7th, we arrived in Arequipa. Over the last several months Jake and I have been asked if we’re ready numerous times. At times I’ve struggled to answer this. Though we have thoroughly prepared through prayer, reading, team meetings and missions conferences I struggled with doubts and feelings of inadequacy. If I read all of the theology, missions, and culture books that people have recommended I might be ready by the time I’m 83.
Since our family’s arrival to Arequipa just over a month ago we have been overwhelmed by the ways in which the missionaries who have preceded us, as well as the Peruvians, have gone out of their way to serve us and make our transition here smooth. One of the ways the church here has served us is by aiding us in our involvement in God’s kingdom here in Arequipa.
We serve a God who has created infinite diversity in people. We have different languages, skin color, facial features, customs, world views. Yet, as I listened to a Peruvian sister share her testimony this past Sunday, I realized how we all long and yearn for a God who gives us unconditional love and acceptance.