We have two full weeks left here in Iquito, so half our time is up. Let me see if I can quickly recap some of the happenings here. Pictures and a more extensive update will have to wait til the second weekend of February.
- The temperature for the first couple of weeks literally registered ´hi´on our thermometer in our upstairs bedroom. We are merely degrees from the equator so the sun is just plain HOT. There is no other way to explain it. Thankfully, after the sun goes down, it gets substantially cooler.
- The first full week of work went well for Brian. They got a lot accomplished and had the best ´first day´of work ever. However, due to a number of variables, things have slowed down considerably. We´d appreciate your prayers because they still need to finish a bathroom, a kitchen, and a cafeteria before we leave Feb 6.
- We took a day trip up the Nanay River to a zoo where we could actually hold and touch the animals. The sloths were adorable. The giant anaconda was, well, a giant anaconda. How do you think it was? We also went out to where the Amazon and the Nanay mix. Beautiful.
- There was one VBS, but with the students who are here for their summer work doing all the work in the VBS, Lisa wasn´t needed, so she stayed home the last two days to help cook and finish the team´s laundry. The VBS did draw 70 plus children and was a huge success, though.
- Lisa was opening her suitcase and saw what looked like a big piece of fuzz sitting on top. Before flicking it up or rubbing her hand across it, she got down to look at it and saw that it was, in fact, a big, florescent spider. A friend confirmed that it was highly poisonous and killed it before it moved. Praise the Lord for His protection even in small things like that.
- We´re both doing fine healthwise. The heat gets to Lisa a lot more frequently than to Brian. You have to drink so much, even if you´re not thirsty, that it´s incredibly easy to get dehydrated. You can pray for us as well in this area these last two weeks.
- The rainy season (winter) seems to have hit. The temperature has dropped slightly and it rains at night and sometimes in the mornings. I don´t mean piddly pretty rain, though. I mean, giant, torrential, jungle rainstorms that raise the water level a meter in just a couple of hours. Pray the rain during the day holds off until the building project is complete. Rain turns everything to mud and with how heavy the rains are, it makes building incredibly difficult.
Over all, things are going very well. We haven´t been hit with illness and we´ve been staying safe. God is so good to us.
We´ve heard reports from back at camp, too, that things are going super well and they have more children than they´d thought coming to summer camp. Praise the Lord!
Thanks for your prayers. We can tell they are effective.