November 25, 2011

Giving Thanks

How thankful we are!  This morning ten students returned to Lima after spending six weeks volunteering in the mountains and rain forest.  Tomorrow Joshua will return from Acopia and our group will be complete.

The students are thankful for many things:  new direction in life, a stronger relationship with God, safety, opportunity, Lima, the United States of America, their host families, discovery of self, reordering of priorities and relationships with Peruvian friends.

We celebrated Thanksgiving Peruvian-style with a Pachamanca dinner, an ancient dish prepared in the mountains during harvest time.  Alicia and her family were gracious hosts.  They prepared a meal of turkey (our request), potatoes, yams, broad beans and sweet tamales roasted over a bed of hot stones in the garden beside their home.

Thanks be to God.

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