Friday, October 28, 2005


Final Work Day

Yesterday was our final day at the worksite. We were able to complete the cross shaped sidewalk, and prepare the surrounding area for the paving stones. Here's what it looked like when we left yesterday.

There will be sidewalks along each side as well as large planters. The paving stones that will fill in around the cross are red, black, and gray. It should look really nice when it's finished. Here's are the paving stones.

The other thing that will really make the entrance attractive is cedar doors. They had a carpenter there working on those about half of the week. Brian Steadman spent a couple days with the carpenter helping him to plane the door in order to get it to fit in the doorway.

Of course, we would like to have seen the project through to completion, but we just didn't have enough time. Members of the congregation and a local construction crew will continue working on it for the next several days until it's finished. Hopefully they'll be finished by early next week.

After work we toured the ruins of Chan Chan. Chan Chan was built by the Chimu people who flourished from about the 8th century to the 14th century AD, when they were conquered by the Incas. The size of the original city was staggering--20 square kilometers originally, though less than that exists now.

We enjoyed good food and warm hospitality at the Bradford's house last night. The Bakers and Bradfords have been so kind to us in opening their homes and their refrigerators!

This morning we fly out of Trujillo back to Lima and then will spend the whole day there before our plane leaves at about 1 AM. We're going through Dallas on the way back St. Louis.

Maybe one more update in Lima, we'll see. We have been humbled and amazed at what God is doing here among these faithful people. At the three congregations, at the Seminary, at the English Language Institute, everywhere the gospel is advancing and engaging the surrounding culture with tremendous results. We'll miss being here in Peru among newly familiar brothers and sisters, but hope that we will be able to return with another team in the future. We caught a vision for the many other projects that still await completion. Thanks to those of you who have prayed for us. Please do pray we'll have a safe trip home. Dios les bendiga!

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