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Explorer.

Sensory overload is the best way to describe the first couple days in a foreign country. I wanted to see everything, buy everything and take pictures of EVERYTHING — the cute dog on the street, the dozens of stray cats and dogs lounging in the park, the fresh-flower stand, the weird fountain, the Kentucky Fried Chicken that was basically a gourmet restaurant in Peru, the countless Peruvians staring blatantly at the group of Gringos, and on and on.
I can’t say that I had set any certain expectations of Lima, though. I arrived by night, by rickety bus, by way of uphill, rocky, fall-off-the-cliff-if-you-veer-two-inches-to-the-right roadways. I couldn’t wait for any kind of bed by the time we arrived at the Dragonfly Hostel in Lima. So when I awoke the next morning, which really was the same day as when I had gone to sleep, I was ready to explore. A group of volunteers walked down to the ocean. The small waves rolling in were peppered with surfers of all ages. Peruvian beach bums couldn’t help but stare at us and try to use whatever English they knew to get our attention.
In a place like that, it’s hard not to be extremely touristy, and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being that way. I didn’t talk much the first couple days, not because I was shy or intimidated, but I was simply in awe. I would remember that feeling of hesitation I had right before stepping on the plane in Arizona, and I’d think to myself…
There wasn’t a need for even slight hesitation. I’m where I’m supposed to be, and God’s path of righteousness is right here.
Do everything in love.
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Peru in 24 hours.

I thank my God so tremendously for his countless opportunities He has so freely given me in my life. These opportunities have brought me great blessings. They’ve been open doors when I needed something. They’ve been closed doors when something was no longer available. 

In this case, His latest opportunity is a five-week volunteer program to Peru to teach English to children there. These kids are underprivileged and cannot fathom the extent of education and benefits that American students receive. I pray I can bless their lives through teaching, through positivity and through God’s word. 

I ask for prayers and positive thoughts as I beging my journey. There will be so much more to come. I hope you’re ready. 

 

These verses have emerged as my theme for this trip: 

“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 3:13-14

 I will keep driving. I will keep pressing. I will keep teaching. I will keep blessing. 

 

Do everything in love. 

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