so we went and bought a drum set ...

Julio gives the new drumset a trial run in what used to be the kitchen1 Nov, Wed - Give me a minute, it's still a blur ... what did we do this day .... Finally bought some oil to use the primary part of the sachi-popa cooking station we bought for the mission.  Prior to this we have only used the grill, now we will use the deep fryers for chicken and potatoes.  

Made the investment to purchase the 'battery', what you call drums in spanish.  

2 Nov, Thurs - Much decorating of the main meeting area for the coming holiday season.  Also retrofitting the original kitchen to be an extension of the main meeting room, intended for 'musician' use (drums, keyboard, etc).   

North American missionaries arriveAltura bible study with visiting missionaries3 Nov, Fri - Arrival of our San Diego and Mexico team.   8 people dropped to 7 due to last minute emergencies put on our San Diego pastor. Of the 7 visitors, 5 were from San Diego (Ron Nielson, Hank Sybrandry, Richard Lamb, Johnny Cena & Doug Sholder), and 2 from Mexico (Tanto Hussein & Pedro).   Hank, Richard and Doug represent Missions from Branch Church, Ron Neilson represented Horizon Church and is a close associate with Tanto.  Tanto and Pedro represent Mas Vida Bible school in Mexico which is where our resident missionaries are students of.

great Peruvian fast food 1 Oct - Sunday - Last day before we head north to Lima for a week.   no construction today but made a small supply run into Ica to get some electrical and audio wiring items.  We had a major issue with our main breaker last night and had to get a new one.  Was keeping any showering from happening so I got a hot water from the stove shower ... thank you Lily.   But fixed the breaker as well as our emergency light whose battery died.  Picked up 130 meters of audio cable as well so I can start pulling that when I get back ... projecto, projecto, projecto ...  Did get a great Peruvian meal at Totos, where we bought a few groceries.  A ham&cheese lasagna dish with my favorite ricoto relleno stuffed pepper!!   Mmmm   

Youth center in use before worship and church services OK, back to the mission.  Did a few needed repairs quickly.  Put a replacement battery in the emergency light and replaced the primary breaker in the mission.   Will have to save the rest of my chores for another day, probably another week since we leave tomorrow.  But youth started showing up for some activities before church.  The youth center has proved to be a very wise investment for use for multiple activities.   

Fixing the antenna from a kite flying mishapDrywall continues going up.  Charlie Quispe in picture1 Sept, Friday – More construction to move forward.  Back to Maestro (our local Home Depot equivilent) to get more electrical wire and drywall materials.  Also, looks like Lily will be running back up to Lima (having just returned after taking the Hearts & Hands team north).  She is exploring some indication that was told to her that there is an alternative to having the missionaries keep going to Chile for getting their Visa's extended 3 months.   So, bus tickets for Lily and Irma.  And if this works, she will do likewise with the Sanchez family.

Back at the mission ... We arrived at “La Misión” in time for more rest and Sunday services in evening.  Caught a lunch in the village at what we like to refer to as ‘Burro King’ and ran into one of my ‘little friends’ who was glad to see me.   Abel Quispe, our contractor of five years, came by to discuss work with us (wasting no time).  Although we didn’t bother to go into Ica for services at El Shaddai, we did enjoy services that evening at the mission.  

14 August, Monday - day of rest at the mission.  We did a construction supply run to Ica to get Abel started with the 3 bathrooms that needed to be tiled.  He was available to work, and could do that major chore on his own.   


Shawl, purses and coin holders all made by mission knitting talentModeling a shawl made by a local mission knitter - help us support their work.May 1, Monday - Quiet day at the mission, usually is on Monday with the resident missionaries taking this one day a week off.  However, due to car problems, Abel and his crew also took the day off.  Not a lot going on.  However, we did get a chance to show off some of the knitting works that we will be bringing back to the USA made by some talent here at the mission.  Looking to build their skills and bring their creations home to share.  

Morning prayerMay 2, Tuesday - Busy day, starting off with a great morning of prayer first with many village visitors.  The Mission is getting to be known as the house of prayer.  A blessing in itself. 

The construction crew showed up and had a lot to do for preparation for the big pour on the first floor.  Many electrical tubes to run, sewer hookups, water lines both hot and cold, some work outside on the wall for the lights to be able to hook up and support as well.  A lot of items to cover. 

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