Also, I thank Carlos Moya, who came with his wife Gloria. Carlos was very helpful with the construction and wiring at the mission while his wife was a very active and needed translator as well as teacher.
We started this project a few years after the 2007 earthquake with a desire to 'make an impact' in this community that was so affected by that event. In an effort to track ourselves in what we have accomplished so far, we thought we would make this list of milestones.
How do I get to "La Misión" from Ica? (or Lima?)Here is a simple Google map that will take you from the center of Ica (Plaza de Armas) north to the village of El Carmen, District of San Juan Bautista, where La Mision is. It is about a 20 to 25 minute drive (12 kilometers, about 7.5 miles).
We look forward to meeting Irma Reyes, our newest resident missionary, face to face, at the Mission. Up to now we have had Skype calls with her, Facebook messages and have seen pictures and video and really appreciate her energy and hard work in working with the community. We really are excited about working and visiting along side of her.
Of course our regular missionary family, the Sanchez's, we are equally excited about seeing again and hearing all of the progress, challenges, the recent flood relief, the success of the Hearts & Hands ministry, the youth, married couples program, and more.
We had a very eventful year in 2016. Please feel free to visit the two blogs for this year, as well as the photo album for the November visit. To wrap it all up, we made a short (4 minute 51 second) video that goes over the highlights of this first full year of being a fully staffed mission with resident missionaries to engage daily with the local population.   (Please click read more for an additional video and presentation at Branch Church, San Diego, of 2016 overview and discussion of November trip)
(Please click read more for an additional video and presentation at Branch Church, San Diego, of 2016 overview and discussion of November trip)