What inspired you to do this?
All of us have heard stories of other missionaries and each of us felt God call in our hearts to follow in their footsteps.
What’s the biggest difference between Peru and the UK?
The biggest difference we’ve found has been the lack of plans and how relaxed times are in Peru. Despite being here for over three months now, we are still regularly caught out by this!
What’s your favourite day been so far?
We decided for this question to choose two days – one of our favourite days involving our work and one of our favourite days off. We’ve spoken about it in previous blogs, but back in November we had ‘English day’ at school, where we had a sense of achievement that we had been working towards something and it was a success!
As for one of favourite days off, we really enjoyed Becky’s birthday at the start of November, as it was full of lots of celebrations at the church and with our host family. In the afternoon, we visited a very pretty district of Lima called Barranco, where we experienced more of the culture of this amazing country!
What was your worst moment and what has it taught you?
Illness has been a reoccurring problem and something that we’ve all struggled with at different points, but one week in particular that we all found hard was the lead up to Christmas, when we were all tired and in need of a break, a little bit homesick and both Katie and Marika received some bad news from home. Although it was a tough week, we learnt to put things into perspective, to rely on God and each other more and to take things a day at a time.
If you could describe each of your roommates as a bird, what would they be?
We decided that Marika would be a robin, as she’s adorable, timeless, unintimidating and everyone loves her! Bethan would be a penguin because of her fun and lovable nature, as well as the fact she is unique and loyal. Becky would be a cockatoo because she is phemonenal, clever, people loving and has a puppy-like nature! Finally, we decided Katie would be a swan, as she is very elegant, classy, intelligent and faithful.
What have you discovered about yourself so far?
As a whole, we have discovered the importance of being positive and looking on the brightside, as well as taking things as they come and going with the flow. There have also been situations (including singing in Spanish in front of large audiences!) when we have had more confidence than we thought we had.
What’s church like in Peru?
Church in Peru is all in Spanish and sermons are much longer than at home. Our record was last Sunday when the sermon alone lasted about an hour and a quarter! However, the community and the people at church are amazing and so welcoming and loving!
What’s the food like?
On a day-to-day basis we eat A LOT of rice and chicken. As for our favourite Peruvian food, we think they do snacks very well! Some of our favourites are chifles (fried slices of plantains similar to crisps), alfajores (similar to shortbread sandwich biscuits filled with dulce de leche but so much more!) and our most recent favourite is picarones, which are a ring of fried batter made from sweet potatoes. All are calorie free of course! As for most bizarre foods, this week we finally tried guinea pig, which we concluded was a good experience, but are definitely better as pets!
Who’s the worst morning person?
It varies each morning between Bethan and Becky!
What has God been teaching you?
As a whole, we feel we have all been taught to be more thankful and appreciative of all of the blessings that God has given us. We have also learnt that you don’t need to be doing groundbreaking work to be doing God’s work.