Hi there! 🙂 I would like to take you behind the scenes of mine and my husband’s recent survey trip to Peru! You might ask what a survey trip is. A survey trip is a short trip that missionaries preparing to go the field, take in order to help better prepare them for their move and upcoming life there. So join me as we walk through some of the things we did during our nine days there.
The missionaries we will be working with are David and Katie Gardner. One of my favorite things about our trip is the fact that we just got to spend time with them doing some of their normal everyday things.
We arrived on a Wednesday morning around 7:30. It was a little breezy and about 65 degrees. This was our view after we stepped off the plane.
That evening we got to visit one of the churches, Iglesia Bautista Getsemani (Gethsemane). Kyle was given the opportunity to share a little of his testimony and the Pastor had Missionary David Gardner preach.
Part of a survey trip is figuring out the cost of living. To do this we went to about a dozen different stores and markets and priced everything from refrigerators to cookware. I also had the opportunity to go with Katie to her little local “corner store” so to speak, and see where she purchases her produce. When I say local, I mean it was at the end of the street they live off of, no car necessary.
These are pictures from another market, that had everything! They even sold pets.
Kyle had the opportunity to visit the Bible College during some of their classes. It’s amazing to see all the men and women who are preparing and are serving Christ with their lives.
One of the most exciting things to see is the churches and all that God is doing. We visited seven different churches during our time there. Only one of the churches is being pastored by the missionary, the rest all have a Peruvian pastor.
Iglesia Bautista Omega
The first church that was started over 20 years ago, by our Pastor Austin Gardner, is Iglesia Bautista Hunter. It also has a Christian School, of which we were able to visit and see.
Some of the students playing Soccer during recess. A group of high school students on break. This group of girls didn’t hesitate to stop for a picture. 🙂
Kyle might have been a little taller than their door..
One of the most amazing and powerful things we saw was the lights of the city at night. The pictures don’t even give a glimpse, it’s one of those things you have to see in person! One evening they took us up on a mountain and we looked over the city, as the lights just wrapped around as far as we could see. It’s amazing to look over and think of what the Lord has already done there. It’s saddening to think that there are places in the city that still don’t have a church.
Please pray for us as we continue to raise the rest of our needed support, so that we can get to Peru quickly. And please pray for the missionaries down there David and Katie Gardner, and the work that they are doing.
For more information on the Peru Ministry you can visit http://www.peruministry.com/.
For information on missions trips to Peru and many other countries all over the world Click Here.
Lastly here is a link to a quick 3 minute video my Husband put together of our survey trip.
Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed getting to see a little of Peru!
For HIS Glory!