Saturday, January 10, 2009

Back from Peru...

Danny and I arrived safely back from Peru on Thursday afternoon ...
a little sore, very tired, but doing well.

"I SURVIVED the Inca Trail" is probably much more fitting than
"I CONQUERED the Inca Trail", but I'll take what I can get.
The hike was grueling, but fun; and the scenery was breathtaking!

Here are several pictures to give you a glimpse of our time there...

Courtyard of Koricancha, a historical site in the heart of Cusco.
The central plaza fountain, surrounded by beautiful flowers
and two majestic cathedrals.
One of the Inca ruins near Cusco, boasting amazing craftsmanship!
A boy and his Llama overlooking the city of Cusco.
Opportunity to visit with friends and fellow WGM missionaries,
Ann Seaney and David & Cathlene Strong, who minister in Cusco.
Here we are at the beginning of our four-day hike
with the others in our party.
During our second day of hiking, we crossed a 13,800 foot pass ...
snow was a bonus!
Steps are the Inca way of getting anywhere.
One of the guides described "Inca flat" as being up-down, up-down, etc.
On the morning of the third day, the view out of the tent was spectacular!
We finally reached the end of our hike on the fourth day at Machu Picchu,
the most famous of all the Inca ruins
and one of the NEW 7 WONDERS of the WORLD!
Thank you for your prayers for our trip. The time away was needed and a great "rest" from the day-to-day activities. However, it's very good to be home and gearing up for a new semester.

On Monday, I'll begin facilitating a class for the junior and senior boys on the book, Every Young Man, God's Man. It's a three-week section of their Bible class. Pray that the discussions will be applicable and effective.

We'll also start up normal Bible studies, accountability times and youth groups during the first week. Then, in three short weeks, we'll have our annual youth camps. Please pray with me for all the preparations that must come together.

Also pray for the eight high school students
(listed below) who will be ministering at junior high camp as counselors and staff. I'm excited about their involvement and pray the Lord will use their testimonies to influence the others.
Counselors: Whitney, Hannah, Alejandro & Edwin
Activities Coordinators: Daniel & Timothy
Guitarist and Song Leader: Kaylynn & Susan

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