I was a little worried my parents had built Peru up so much that I would be disappointed with my own experience. What I forgot to consider was the relational aspect.
Our Peruvian brothers and sisters are exactly that…our brothers and sisters. They have opened their hearts and homes to us and I have left each meeting a bit sad to say goodbye. And yet, I feel I am a different and better person from our time together.
My home stay in Julio was wonderful. My host family went out of their way to make me feel comfortable and at ease.
I will never forget our trip to the country where we met extended family and were treated to the very special meal, Huatia. Seeing the family interact, laughing and visiting during our meal, is a memory I shall never forget.
I experienced many firsts in their home. From their bathroom to riding in their motor, eating chuno soup to washing my hair in the cold water basin, they showed patience and grace through love.
As I look forward to the last half of our trip, I pray that my eyes will be open to what God desires me to see, both with my eyesight and my spiritual eyes.
Contributed Joy Lujan, Caldwell Friends