Team Peru has been extremely busy the past few weeks adjusting to the culture and getting stuck into life here in Lima! Three weeks ago, we began our work at the Bethel Christian School, where we are helping teach English, art and music. The school was set up by the church, which meets in the same building, and is located in the Callao district. Callao has a reputation for being a rougher area of Lima, and as a result many of the children who attend the school have difficult family situations and come from varied backgrounds.
Since we started at the school, we have been preparing the students for “English Day” on the 8th November. This day will be an opportunity for the students to show their parents the English they have learnt. We’ve been teaching English spelling to all, as well as helping them to prepare dialogues that they will perform, and have, in some cases, been stretched in our own spelling knowledge!
We’ve also been having our own lessons, learning Spanish with a lady from the church. Our Spanish may still be limited, but it has been improving and and it’s safe to say many of the children at the school now know our favourite foods and what pets we have!
We also joined the school on their annual camp for three days. We would be lying if we said we loved it, as realistically it was probably our low point of our time in Peru so far. Unfortunately, Katie became ill from the food, while the rest of us struggled to make ourselves useful and understand why we were there. However, by the end of the three days, we had formed relationships with some of the students we had not yet talked to and had heard testimonies from some of them of how God is working in their lives. We also viewed it as an opportunity to improve our volleyball skills, as so far we have managed to embarrass the whole of the UK with our lack of hand-eye coordination! I think it’s unlikely that we will be competing in the 2020 Olympics, but at the rate we’re improving you never know!
Since being in Peru, we’ve had multiple issues with bathrooms, but the main one being that we manage to flood them wherever we go! The night before we left for the camp, our shower drain stopped working and we ended up flooding the whole of our bathroom and kitchen! Fortunately, our lovely hosts, David and Marilyn, came to the rescue and helped us mop up and unblock the drain. However, the following evening, when we were at the camp, we were in the middle of preparing crafts, when we were informed that we’d managed to flood our room there! After returning, we told Marilyn what had happened, who took a somewhat positive approach and told us (via Google Translate) that “the Lord wants them to learn to mop”.
Celebrating Bethan, Katie and Becky’s birthdays, which included LOTS of cake, laughter and celebrations.
Katie and Bethan both getting ill within a matter of days of each other.
- That our Spanish continues to improve
- For our general health, as our stomachs adjust to the different food
- That English Day will run smoothly and the kids remember what they’ve learnt