After Retreat, Bound for Home

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By Karen and Duane Sherer Stoltzfus Peru SST Co-Directors, 2014-2015 The closing chapter of our three-month semester of study and service in Peru was spent at Kawai, a church camp along the ocean, about an hour south of Lima. We had time to share highlights of the past three months, especially service assignments, and to … Keep reading »

My Many Peruvian Names

Ammon Allen-Doucot shares a journal entry. During service, he worked in Ayacucho at Casa Luz, a home for children who have been abandoned or whose parents are otherwise unable to care for them. Names matter a great deal to me. My parents would always explain in detail the significance of having two last names. Why … Keep reading »

Courtney and Elizabeth: Serving in Arequipa

Elizabeth at the Colca Canyon, a drive of several hours from Arequipa.

By Karen and Duane Sherer Stoltzfus Peru SST Co-Directors, 2014-2015 Courtney and Elizabeth will hold the record this term for taking the longest bus ride to their service location: 16 hours from Lima to Arequipa. Arequipa is Peru’s second-largest city, with a population approaching one million. This is a land of snow-capped volcanoes, including El … Keep reading »

Pan (Bread)

Joanna shares a journal entry:   “Sin pan, no vive.” (“You can’t live without bread.”) Ercilia Gonzales Pincos, Joanna’s host mother   There is such complexity in bread. Everywhere, bread holds great significance; it is a staple of all cuisines in one form or another, and the word itself is laden with meaning and connotation. … Keep reading »

Ammon, Ike and Joanna: Serving in Ayacucho

Ammon with his host parents, Pastor Dionicio Bautista Gomez and Elizabeth Huarcaya Yarasca.

By Karen and Duane Sherer Stoltzfus Peru SST Co-Directors, 2014-2015   After dropping off suitcases at our hostel in Ayacucho, we went to Comedor Luz y Vida, a place where children from impoverished homes can enjoy a healthy lunch after school and receive help with homework. We found Joanna in the kitchen, peeling potatoes. She … Keep reading »

Christian and Maria: Serving in Tarma

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By Karen and Duane Sherer Stoltzfus Peru SST Co-Directors, 2014-2015 The morning after we arrived in Tarma, we found ourselves standing in the Fe y Alegria  school yard with Christian and Maria, part of a large circle of students, teachers, parents and administrators who were starting off the new school year on a playful note … Keep reading »

Lea and Micah: Serving in Cusco

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By Karen and Duane Sherer Stoltzfus Peru SST Co-Directors, 2014-2015 When Lea and Micah joined us for supper near the Plaza de Armas, or central park, in Cusco, it was the first time they had seen each other two weeks into their service stay. While both of them are based in the Cusco area, they … Keep reading »

Crossing the Sacred Valley: Ollantaytambo

Climbing up to the colca storage units.

By Karen and Duane Sherer Stoltzfus Peru SST Co-Directors, 2014-2015 More than 500 years ago, Ollantaytambo served as an important rest stop and administrative and religious center for the Incas. For our group, it proved to be a perfect place to stop after visiting the Incan sites at Chinchero and Moray and before spending a … Keep reading »