May was certainly marked by visa issues. Stay tuned for the Taco Bell joke.
If you had asked me one year ago what I thought my life would look like today, I would have said something like “I’ll be speaking Spanish, but otherwise, I have no clue!” I’ve wanted to do mission work for a long time, but there are always facets of culture and personal skill that define which part will be handled by whom. So we came with some ideas, but generally willing to be influenced by what would be best here. Between the fact that Peruvians expect male leadership, that I knew almost no Spanish when we arrived, and that when Shaye was born, I signed up to be the stay-at-home mom, much of my “job” has fallen in the realm of making friends and becoming an expert on “translating” what we have known as home life into a Peruvian version that we can embrace.
Another month has passed and we find ourselves on the brink of launching the first library. As I reported last month the ladies in Pampas de Polanco have been very supportive and enthusiastic about this project. We were quickly offered a location and two ladies offered to take responsibility for the books that the government will loan the community. We are anticipating the launch of the library Señor de Huanca in June so make sure to read next month’s newsletter for details of the launch.
May has been filled with so many things to share. We have learned about several Peruvian holidays, continued settling into our new homes, and prepared for some exciting things to come. I decided to just give you some dates and let you see some pictures of what has been going on around here.