Yesterday, I had the privilege of leading a service of Holy Communion for the team. I took us through a short devotion on Mark’s account of the Transfiguration. I encouraged each of us to use the time here in Peru to listen to the still small voice of God and try and discern what He is saying to us, by doing what God said about Jesus ‘This is my own Son, Listen to Him”. I finished by saying that it is my prayer that each of us will be like Peter, James and John and say in the end “Lord it is good for us to be here’. As we had a free day yesterday, we walked along the beach, which our accommodation overlooks, and dipped a toe in the Pacific Ocean. Then an early night was had by all. I can’t remember the last time I was in bed before 8pm.
Elaine and Barrie Colgan, who are interpreters for the trip, have joined us. Elaine is a former parishioner of Shankill Parish in Lurgan, where Bishop Ken was her rector. Every morning we have team time and devotions before breakfast. This is led by a different member of the team and this morning Elaine Colgan took us through Deuteronomy 32:28-31. She encouraged us to consider what we are building on and to make sure we are building on the secure foundation of Jesus Christ. She said that she hoped we would be able to achieve two things while here in Lima. Firstly that we will be able to help others find Jesus as their secure Rock, and secondly that we will learn from the Christians here how to put our faith more strongly in God.
This afternoon, Rev. Anderson is taking us to visit the sites where we will be doing most of our work and then this evening we will be helping at a youth project attached to the Church and Diocese. Tomorrow morning I will be preaching at Rev. Anderson’s Church, where he will translate my sermon for the non English speaking congregation.
Please pray for:
- Continued safety
- Travelling mercies (the transport is like being in the waky races!)
- The community we are staying with
- The church community we will be working with
- Rev. Anderson Sanchez
- For me as I prepare to preach tomorrow.