In case you don't understand what Extreme is doing in Peru over the next three years here is a little run down. The concept is called 40/40. This means that 40 American single adults will be paired with 40 Peruvian single adults. Each pair will be responsible for planting 3 churches in their assigned area. Not all of the 40/40's will be here at the same time, they will arrive in waves. The first wave has only 4 Americans and 4 Peruvians as this is the first time this has been tried and they wanted a small group first.
Our wonderful and very passionate first group consists of Wendy, Callie, Olivia and Andrew. God has handpicked this group, there is no doubt about that! They like to call themselves "The Cuy" as they are the first group and the guinea pigs. Cuy is guinea pig in Spanish. They will be living and working in Puerto Muldanado after their training. But first they have 3 months of language school in Arequipa then off to Iquitos for job/culture training.
Brad and I have the awesome privilege to care for the needs of the 40/40's. They will have a couple, Tyson and Tracey Smith (and little Kai), that will live with them and care for their daily and immediate needs. Brad will provide assistance with any maintenance, safety and transportation needs. I will provide information on medical resources, assess their physical health periodically and assist with any insurance claims. We also have the opportunity to accompany them to their training in Iquitos for part of the time. Then we will return to Arequipa for the next wave of 40/40's arrival.
I was amazed at the details of the evangelism plan for these communities. God is providing for every need right on time! This meeting today was just what I needed to lift me out of the funk that I have been in attending language school. There is frustration that comes with learning a language. But today I received another glimpse at what God is doing and of what He has allowed me to be apart. I am going to be taking care of the disciples! I can hardly wrap my brain around the fact that I may be caring for today's Paul or Peter! What is God doing calling me?
As I mentioned above, God is providing for this plan right on time! Part of this provision is in the next wave of 40/40's. Just this month we received 6 of the 8 people that will be coming in the next wave. We need 4 more so please be in prayer for these 4 people that God will call to be His disciples as well as the following groups.
And now for the confession...
I am very aware of the sacrifices that people are making back at home so that they can give to our ministry in Peru. And today I found Dr. Pepper! I spent over $1 a can and bought 7 of the cans (they only had 9). So, I am sorry for those who went without this week! But it tastes so good.