Monday, April 28, 2008

finally, pictures!

Ages 6-8 with Tia Tracie

Ages 9-12, with Ricky and Isabella

Ages 3-5 with Tia Yelith (14 years old... and leading!) She had 2 helpers, Ana 12 and Maribel 12

Thursday, April 24, 2008

San Marcos Children's Church... without kids...

Sorry, still no photos with the kids... i forgot the camera again!

I promise this Saturday I will get photos. We split the kids up into 3 groups; 3-5, 6-8 and 9-11 (the 12+ are still with this age group, but we soon will be starting a youth group for the kids 12 and over.. they are very excited about this!) in the meantime, the older kids are also helping us with the younger ones. Yelith is almost 14, she is in charge of the 3-5 year olds. I prepare the class for her and have everything ready, and she teaches them . It is working well so far! There were nearly 20 kids last week in the 3-5 group. And about the same number in the 6-8 group. There were near 40 in the 9+ group! We still have some kinks to work out... and lots of decorations to make and put up on the bare walls, but we are really excited and blessed to have the new building.

...And of course i have to show off my beautiful Isabella. She loves her Baby Bjorn.. especially now that she is big enough to face forward! She loves looking out. She's getting really heavy, she must weight almost 7 kilos. Soon I won't be able to carry her around like this. She's almost big enough for her other backpack that actually goes on the back. Ricky carries her a lot now because she's such a chubbers.

Next week we are going to Santiago, Chile for Ricky's brother, Angello's wedding. We are really looking forward to it. And of course Ricky's family are super excited to see Isabella. I'm sad though, because while we are there she will get her 4 month vaccinations. I've been reading (probably too much) about vaccinations. I'm worried about the negative affects of them. I do trust Isa in God's hands, but I'm still worried about her shots. And then when we get back to Cusco she will get another shot, for Tuberculosis. It's usually given at birth, but since she was born in the U.S., she didn't receive this vaccination (since TB has been eradicated in the US). I don't like the idea of this one because it takes at least 1 month to heal from it, and in most cases leaves a big scar on her arm. She'll fit in though cause everyone here has that same scar. Well I guess it's my job to worry now that I'm a mommy.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

the old kids room

Look at how packed they are! We are praising God for the new children's church in San Marcos. Today was the first day in the new location. There was such excitement, that we weren't able to get pictures. However... next week we'll get photos!

Monday, April 07, 2008

2nd year anniversary of the church

Our church family
(missing about half of the church in this picture)

Singing the closing song...

Pray for Edgardo! There is a very good chance that he will be returning to Cusco to continue serving with us until year end. This would be a tremendous blessing, for us and for the church itself. He would work with the children, which would be a huge help, since we have the new church location in San Marcos, we would be able to split up the kids into age groups as planned. There also is Yelith, a youth of 13 years who has begun helping with the children. She has agreed to take on the 1-5 age group!! Pray for her as well, that she would have the self confidence to share about Jesus with the little ones!

our future pianist

Friday, April 04, 2008

Pretty as a picture

This is the NEW location for the church in San Marcos! We are thrilled to have a space bigger than what we had before. Soon we will have Sunday morning services here for all the families of San Marcos who are part of the church. Look at the amazing view from the window. This is Cusco.

There are 3 rooms, plus the main room. The kids ministry will be changing for the better! All we need now are children's bible teachers and helpers.
There is even a kitchen and a bathroom. This may not sound like much, but having running water and a place "to go", if necessary, is definitely a plus!

The windows (which have glass in them now) let lots of light in. We don't have the keys yet, but the contract is made and we should have the place by next week!