Friday, October 28, 2011

Language classes

The action team are working here in Peru with us for just 6 months. We spent our first 6 months in Peru in full time language classes, so please pray that they will soon pick up some useful phrases and feel comfortable speaking basic spanish after their intensive 3 week spanish course.

Emy and Eily are 2 of our good friends who attend our church, they run a spanish language school that they tailor to peoples' individual needs and teach people in their homes.
Every afternoon they are teaching the action team spanish in our home; actually in Jess and Sam's play room!

Today during their spanish class the earth moved for them ( literally!) as they felt the after shocks of an earthquake in Nazca, Peru , never a dull moment here!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Riding llamas

It is not all work and no play in the Williamson household.
Here are photos of Jess and Sam which were taken last weekend, riding a llama!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Peru action team has arrived !

praying for the action team in their first service at El Puente

Rob, Liz, Jessica and Amy are here in Cusco ! They will work with us for 6 months. The next few days will be taken up with finding their way round the local area and getting used to the altitude, they had another "commissioning " as our Peruvian church family prayed for them on Sunday .
This week the hard work starts as they begin their language classes. So far so good, they are excited and enthusiastic and currently all healthy, please pray for them as they settle in to life here and also pray for us as we host them, life has become very busy in the Williamson household!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Birthday Scheme - Prescription for life

Birthday Scheme - Prescription for life from BMS World Mission on Vimeo.

This video was filmed last year, It is a day in the life of Doctor Anjanette working in the La Fuente clinic Cusco. hope this helps you to understand more about our work here.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Tropical heat then tropical storm!

This morning was a scorcher, the washing on the line dried in 1 hr, Jess and Sam had great fun having a water fight in the garden. Then in the afternoon we heard thunder and along came the rain and serious hailstorm! We had on flip flops in the morning and raincoats and boots in the afternoon!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Moving church premises again!

The space that we currently rent for our church meetings is basically a hall with a tiny corner separated for the creche area (imagine a largish cupboard) and our older church children go "off site" to the missionary's home for their Sunday school class. This is not ideal and to be perfectly honest if we were visitors or a young family looking for a church I don't think we would be very attracted to the current set up for childrens' minstry at El Puente. It is important that the childrens' work is taken seriously , our current rental contract is also up for renewal and the landlord could decide to increase the rent or ask us to leave so the church leaders decided that we would look for a bigger place that cost a similar amount. Some of us doubting that we would find such a place for the price available!

On Thursday morning Scott prayed that God would provide a suitable place for the church and then he looked in the newspaper where properties are advertised. We are all amazed that a few hours later 4 out of 5 of the church leaders are in the new place chatting to our prospective new landlady. 5 mins walk from where we currently meet is a ground floor maisonette to rent it has a large open space which we would use for our main meetings and then 2 separate rooms which would be used for creche and Sunday school.(As well as a kitchen and bathroom) It is in a safe , middle class residential area and is perfect for our needs and the price is right too ! Right now Scott and Luis (the 5th church leader who hasn't seen it yet) are talking to the new landlady about the contract .

We will possibly be moving our church meeting place in a few weeks time! In true Peruvian style we will have an inauguration ceremony! We are signing a 2 year contract and are very hopeful that in the next 2 years we will raise the money that we need to buy our own church building then we won't have to keep moving all the time . God is certainly showing us that El Puente church is the people and not the building!

When we first moved to Peru our language teachers told us that a missionary needs a bible in one hand and a suitcase in another, how true that is !!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Peter and John went to pray

This video was the Williamson family's contribution to morning devotions at the BMS Latin America retreat a few months ago . Hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed making it!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Clothes donation

Jess and Sam are growing like weeds ,they are much taller than their Peruvian friends and Samuel's nickname at school is cuello largo which means long neck! We recently had a big clear out of clothes they have grown out of and which need a new home.
When we lived in the UK we passed clothes on to friends or often gave them to charity shops. Today it was a real joy for us to take sackloads of Jess and Sam's old clothes (and some dressing up shoes too which were well received!) to a christian orphanage on the outskirts of Cusco where some of our friends work. This afternoon they had a team meeting, so us visiting meant that we could help to look after the children while the staff held their meeting. The photos are of Jess and Sam and some babies, the reality was Sam played with the babies for about 30 seconds and played with the older kids for about 3 hours! Jessica was a huge help cuddling, feeding and singing to the babies as well as having a lot of fun running around with the older children too!
Hearing the stories of how the children came to be there was heartbreaking, but what a blessing to be in such a loving environment with happy well cared for cheeky children!