Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Chinchil Mission Trip: October 2012

We'll start our photo tour with two pictures of the church building being built there in Chinchil. We had hoped to help put the roof on, but they were still cutting the wood for the joists. They hope to start the roof next week.

The first floor (basement) has 4 rooms for classrooms. The auditorium is on the second floor where people can walk in from the "street."

I knew some of the construction men would want to see how the floor is done. The canes will be covered with a packed dirt or some cement if they can afford it.

The afternoon kid's club started on the town's soccer field with games. This seemed to have been the first time the kids had played the "stomp on the balloon" game.

The ARRIBA students did the skits to introduce the theme of each lesson. 

Five different ladies from church taught the lessons. This afternoon was Becky's turn. None of us are sure what she had them raising their hands for!

Emily leads the theme song (Follow, Follow I will Follow Jesus) while Johana and Maria hold the words. Jesus came to save sinners and give His life as the price to redeem.

The craft time came last. With 100 kids we needed every ARRIBA student and young lady from church. 
Maria helps with the gluing.

Melly's group with their finished booklets showing the days of creation.

One of our favorite pictures. One of the little boys looking at his finished booklet.

Now something to eat before getting ready for the service. The food was good - thanks to Pastor Josue's wife.

It's been raining all night long, the roads are washed out, and we're going to do WHAT?!?  Leave!?!?! 
Plan A: leave Chinchil and head for the van to take us back. That "was" the plan. Only one problem: the van wasn't there. Plan B: an 11 hour, maybe 20 mile hike to the town of Huacrachuco. Becky is seriously thinking of attacking me with that black tube in her arms.

The last sight of our suitcases for about 30 hours.

We arrived at this landslide after walking 9 hours. It was an hour or so after dark and since we couldn't see a path well with our flashlights, I decided the safest course of action was to spend the night right there on the path. In the light of the morning it didn't look nearly as bad to cross.

Great bonding time for the group.

Some are even smiling after "sleeping" all night on rocks with the temperature in the low 50s. 
Though this wasn't what we had planned, we thank the Lord for His care and safety all the way home.