Saturday, May 29, 2010

Moving house again!!!

Our currrent house is extremely dark and cold, as we move into winter here , our concrete house does not warm up even if the days are sunny, it is so so so cold at night ! We put on more layers when we come into the house from outside! No central heating or double glazing in Peru!
It is also not ideal sharing the garage and the patio with the landlord so we are delighted that it is possible for us to move house in July . There is a large warm private house with a garden that missionaries from another mission have rented for years, as they leave Cusco their landlord is keen to continue renting to missionaries . The new house is even closer to El Puente cafe iglesia than where we currently live and the sun enters the house which is very exciting for us !!!!
So once again we are sorting out and packing . Never a dull moment in the Williamson household!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Musical extravaganza with the Williamsons

Jess and Anjanette playing Ode to joy and Samuel singing something in spanish (not sure what ) along to the same tune!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Anjanette's birthday

Instead of the normal ladies bible study gathering that happens at our house on a Wednesday night the church ladies and a few men and children appeared with food and gifts,we had great fun celebrating Anjanette's birthday! She was grateful that when she bit the cake they didn't shove it in her face however any vague feeling of calmness and serenity soon disappeared once they decided to teach her how to dance Huayno , traditional andean dance! We are so grateful for the loving church family we have here in Peru , it was such a joy to celebrate with them.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

First church baby

We are delighted to announce that Emy has given birth to baby Isaias Stefano, our first church baby we are all so thrilled!!

Isaias is only a few days old but has been found to have high sodium levels in his blood
He has been moved into the neonatal intensive care unit , Emy remains on the postnatal ward and is only allowed to see him briefly every 3 hours when she feeds him. His is not allowed contact with his father Samuel or his 7 year old sister Eileen.

Visiting them in hospital today reminded us of the huge differences in maternity care between the UK and Peru!

Please pray for both Emy and Isaias .

Praise God for this miracle of new life!

Monday, May 17, 2010

And the celebrations continue!

Birthday cake in church, more cake in the face then the church ladies cooked a special celebration meal of Aji de gallina which we all enjoyed after the service celebrating Pastor Scott's birthday!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Egg on Head

To celebrate Scott's birthday our friends in Yucay got him a cake, we sang happy birthday in Quechua English and Spanish. In true peruvian tradition he had to bite the cake while it was pushed in his face but a new tradition to us from Yucay is to smash an egg ( then sometimes add flour) on your head, they then sprinkled yellow petals on our heads!!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Andean outfits

Here we are looking good and sporting the traditional Peruvian highland dress and yes Samuel is really riding the llama and Anjanette is really holding a furry traditional string that closely resembles a feather duster!

Back from Retreat

fun in the swimming pool!

The Peru team, Williamsons, Gill Harland Ingny Lilia and Margaret Swires

How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!

Samuel and his beloved Auntie Margaret, he told her he might like to marry her when he grows up!

Peru team with Margaret Gibbs from BMS (our retreat speaker ), Stuart (regional secretary for latin america )and Jacki who was one of the Cusco radicales, (who looked after the children at the retreat!)

We are back from the retreat and refreshed! we had a great time . It was good to stop and reflect and rest and what a treat to hear preaching and to worship in English !!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

BMS World Mission Peru Retreat

We are off on retreat, hopefully in for a treat........

This week Mon 10th May - Friday 14th May our Peru BMS Team will be on retreat in a place called Cieneguilla just outside of Lima.

We will retreat with Margaret, who has worked in Lima for 5 years (also for 20 years before that in Brazil) and Gill and Harland and their family who have been working in Iquitos for the last 7 months . Stuart Christine the BMS regional secretary of Latin America will be with us and our speaker for the retreat is Margaret Gibbs who is the BMS regional secretary for Asia. We hope that Jacki one of the Cusco radicales who lives in Lima will be with us to run some kids activities.

We have been in Peru now for 21 months and we are feeling tired. This month we are due to come home for our 3 month home assignment , but have pushed that back 5 months to the end of October 2010 so that it coincides with the childrens' long school holiday after Christmas . Rather than trying to wind down and take it easy for the next few months as we look to come home our work is busier than ever!!

We have important issues to plan and discuss with Stuart during the retreat about our work in Yucay and in Cusco.

We pray for good meetings with Stuart and Pastor Pepe the convention president and more importantly that the retreat will be a great time of Physical and Spiritual refreshment for us all.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Cienciano T shirts

Here are photos of Jess and Sam proudly sporting their Cusco football T Shirts!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Land for the potential clinic project

Today 2 of the mayor's representatives showed us the small plot of land they are proposing to give to us to build a clinic in Yucay . The land belongs to the municipalidad, it is in between 2 family homes in a good location with easy access. The land has access to running water and electricity and if we are to take on this project you will see from the photos that there is a huge amount of work to be done as far as building work goes, also in terms of paperwork but the potential and the desire are there so we are very excited! The other photo shows the community meeting where Anjanette is standing next to the Mayor and he introduces the idea of the clinic to the community.