Yesterday we went to our first service at our new church. Because there are three Nazarene churches in Arequipa (city of nearly 1 million people) all of the Extreme members are assigned to a church. We were assigned to Umacollo Iglesia along with the Englund family, the Drinkwater family and Andrew Kendall. With the addition of the Extreme families there were about 30 people present.
We first had Sunday School and we were able to follow along in the lesson book with the help of the pastor's daughter who speaks some English. But then came the service...I tried to pick out some words that I understood but I thought the pastor was talking about a cat so I am thinking I didn't really catch anything! Some of the praise songs were the same so I was able to worship in English while my Peruvian brothers and sisters were worshiping in their own language. I know that God is going to talk to our hearts during these services just as He always has even though we are not understanding the people around us. I look forward to the day that I will be able to worship with this church family in the same language! Here are two pictures of our new church.
The front of the church
Upstairs section of the church is on the roof. These rooms are the nursery and children's class.
After church we were able to get to know some of the church people with the help of the Englund's and Drinkwater's who have been in language school for a month or more. We then went to lunch at very beautiful outdoor restaurant. I ate some chicken and stayed away from the beef tongue and various other body parts on the meat platter. Brad enjoyed all of the above! He is looking forward to returning next week for guinea pig. I will definitely take some pictures of that!