After our exciting trip into Lima last night for church, we were all still a little tired from the dancing and congo line. Yes, we were part of a 50 or so person congo line in church! So fun and let me tell you, the Peruvians know how to worship with a passion. I wasn't sure exactly what we were singing, but it was a blast none the less.
Anyway, this morning, we were able to acompany the ladies that run the children's home into town to the market for the weekly trip to purchase groceries. In my sheltered mind I was thinking a Wal-Mart type place. Not so much. The first thing we see is about 40 chickens hanging from the ceiling, plucked and ready to be cooked. Then we see some pig heads and behinds. Not really anything that is on my grocery run. It was very interesting walking around this huge market with booth after booth of food, clothing, shoes, toys, and about anything else you could ever need.
Before I left for Peru, 2 very generous ladies from Meyer Labs were sweet enough to donate some money to my trip. Rusty and I decided that it would be best used if I just brought it here to find out if it could cover a need for someone. After praying for guidence, a need came up amongst the children's home that we are here serving. The ladies that run it were saying that the kids' rooms were starting to stink and were unorganized because they didn't have a specific hamper to put their dirty clothes. So at the market today, we were able to purchase 5 hampers for them (one for each sibling pair.) After that I had 45 Soles (Peruvian money) left over. I asked them what else we could buy and the cook said with a shy smile, "a new pot?" So, off to the pot booth we went. Trying to be humble, she picked one out that I would cook mac-n-cheese in, just for me! She has to cook for at least 14 so we said "mas grande!" After reassuring her that if we were going to buy a pot we needed to buy the right one, she picked out the one she wanted. We asked how much it was and were not surprised when she simply said "45 Soles!" God is so cool with the details of things. So, special ladies, you helped purchase the cook a pot that will help greatly in cooking for that many and will help with dirty laundry. :-)
Lots of love to my boys (all three) and to all that are helping me be able to be here. God is showing me some really cool things about myself and I am truly grateful to be able to make this journey.
(Baby, tell Bryce I found a long pokey thing for him at the market today!! And maybe give them a couple extra kisses for me. Love you!)