Today the team took a three-hour drive south to Pisco. Thankfully, we had a nice big comfortable two-story tour bus for the trip! The excursion afforded us an excellent opportunity to view the rugged scenery along the Peruvian coast. The barren hills and desert landscapes bore testimony to the small amount of rainfall this area gets every year.
During our first stop at a large school we were able to meet and encourage a group of Peruvian young ladies. David shared about the importance of making wise choices using the illustration of a block tower. One wrong choice made poor Derek and the entire tower on which he was standing to come crashing down. 🙂 Many received Christ as their personal Savior as a result of our visit.
Pisco is still recovering from a major earthquake that hit in August of 2007. We received a tour of a hospital that played a major part in the recovery efforts. Col. Tanner and the ALERT team continued plans for giving training that would help them to be more effective in disaster preparedness.
Our team made quite a spectacle trying to get everyone lined up for a group picture in the Pisco town square. But afterwards we got to spontaneously sing “Cuan Grand es El” (“How Great Thou Art”) to the gathered crowd.
The day concluded with a delicious dinner at a secluded ranch and an exciting, last-minute shopping excursion in downtown Lima. Tomorrow we head home!
Please pray for God’s wisdom and blessing on the many initiatives that have begun as a result of this trip!