Saturday, June 27, 2009

Great Pitch and Good Times

A pìtch is a soccer field, just so you know ;)

We never actually made it to Quitoarma as originally planned. Instead, we went to play close to there in Huaytara. It was a great and really fun game. The first time we had grass and a team to play. God blessed us greatly buy allowing us to play an awesome team. They were nice and good, which is a rare combo here. ha We of course shared the Gospel after, and then left the next day. If you haven´t noticed by now, we as the soccer team don´t get to see much if any fruit from our efforts. Just as Paul says in 1 Corinthians 3:6-8, ¨I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor.¨ We know that our purpose is to plant and the village team is to water and plant in many cases.

After Huaytara, we headed back to Ica to stay with Pastor Wilfredo again. He and his family have been a huge blessing to us. He runs the Baptist seminary in Ica and pastors a nearby church. We´ve stayed with them three times, and this past time they made us pancakes one day and eggs with ham the next. While we were in Ica on this occasion, we finally went sandboarding. It was awesome! The dunes were huge and the dune buggy drivers were crazy. Best of all, we got to do it for 2 hrs and it only cost us like $11.50. I also made a funny, but rather rash decision while in Ica. I wanted a haircut and didn´t really care what it looked like since that´s kinda how I am, for the most part. So anyways, I got a mohawk/mullet and shaved lines in my eyebrows. It was hysterical. Well, I wasn´t sure how culturally appropriate the lines were so now I have no eyebrows and just a small fohawk type thing. I look kinda like a mouse and/or Norwegian. It´s pretty great. I´ll put up pics of that and sandboarding when I can. I don´t regret anything except shaving them this short. They did need a little thinning out anyways though ;)

In conclusion, we´re in Nazca now with our whole REAP South Peru team (all 120) for mid-summer debriefing. It´s nice here, but food and everything is really expensive. I´m currently reading In the Grip of Grace by Max Lucado and hope to start something else soon since I´ll be done with that and already finished Driscoll´s book. We leave here Monday for Laramate... DON´T FORGET TO PRAY FOR THE HEARTS OF THE PEOPLE HERE AND WATCH THE USA/BRAZIL SOCCER GAME TOMORROW!!! :)

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