Well this month we have been involved in a mission with our church to Puno – just across the boarder in Peru from the 13th to 18th. There was a mixed team of Bolivians and Brazilians – 19 in total. We went to stay with a Peruvian church who wanted us to help with a week long evangelism mission doing street drama and mime.
We arrived after a long 20 hour journey and were placed with a family from the church. They made us feel so welcome and were really interested in our families and life back in UK. We had daily meetings with the team and practiced the dramas. It was great to be part of a team who worked so co-operatively together and got involved 100%. We were responsible for putting together the program for each presentation. Each day we had been invited to give 3 presentations in different locations in the town, colleges, plaza (town squares) and in university departments. Ruth – who usually only gets to play the “goodies” in dramas was cast as a demon and shocked everyone with a dramatic transformation into a “Goth”. There was a mixture of comedy and powerful dramas set to music. Each time a large crowd would gather and stay to listen to the message / testimonies. On the last night we were overwhelmed by the response of the crowd who had been invited to come to the church and find out more about being a Christian.
On the Friday we had a free day with the team and arranged to go and visit the famous floating islands – called the Uros – near to Puno on Lake Titicaca. It was interesting to see the traditional way of life and how they build their reed houses and boats… although they now use recycled plastic bottles to aid flotation and solar panels to capture the sun’s energy…
The families showed us around and the lady who invited Ruth to her house dressed her up in the traditional Ayamara layered skirt and bowler hat.
We had a wonderful time in Puno… even though it was freezing cold at night and we could only take cold showers at 6.30 in the morning!!! So cold you could actually see your own breath in the bathroom… Brrrr.