26JAN

We have had a GREAT week of hanging out with 25 kids as their parents were in meetings.  We have had a lot of fun exploring the grounds here at Kids Alive in Pucallpa, Peru.  The property is located on about 5 acres so our mornings were spent exploring,  playing games, eating snacks, learning Bible verses, and having fun.  Our afternoons were spent swimming in the river.  The river is home to piranhas, anacondas, river dolphins and many more exciting things that touched our feet as we were swimming!

One of the mornings we had a photo scavenger hunt.  Some of the things on the list to find were:  a monkey, mosquito, tarantula, termite, leaf cutter ant, coconut, banana on a tree, oranges, star fruit, dolphin.  We found most of the items on the list (except the monkey!).

You may wonder if it is safe to swim with piranhas.  We all asked the same thing!  Apparently it is ok as long as you do not have any bleeding wounds.  Thankfully Donnie’s surfing injury was healed enough to go in.  We fished for the piranhas after swimming with them and have gotten some good pictures of their teeth.  As soon as I figure out how to post pictures to this blog, I will get those on here.

It is HOT here.  We only have cold showers and I have been thankful for those cold showers!  (For anyone that knows me, this is a miracle!)  The mix of heat, humidity and mosquito laden atmosphere makes the river a welcome activity with a cooling shower to top it off.  We are LOVING it!  The excitement of newness has not yet worn off.

The week has also been great in getting to know the missionary families working with KAI in Peru.  We have made new friends and have had the chance to see their hearts for the children and people of Peru!  The group ministering together here are united to share the gospel.  We look forward to sharing all the ways KAI is changing a culture by being the hands, feet and heart of Jesus.

Tomorrow we head back to Lima and then up to the mountains.  We will swap out our shorts and t-shirts for our jeans and sweatshirts…the mountains are snow-capped!