S: Our Peru Adventure
FC: Our Peru Adventure | The Kooistras 2008-2011
1: The journey from the Philippines to Peru was an adventure that God started in November 2006 when we found that our assignment in the Philippines was ending. We weren't sure what God was doing but the calling was clear. | We left for Peru on April 1, 2008. We were still missionaries with Wycliffe Bible Translators but for this assignment we were "loaned" to work with another mission, South America Mission. It's been a really great partnership. The following pages tell the story of our first term in Peru. April 2008- June 2011
2: Packing crates is NOT fun. Whoops! Judah can't go in that box.
3: Have pacifier... will travel!
4: We spent the first month in Lima as our house in Arequipa was not yet ready for us to rent. This month gave us time to visit our future home in Pucallpa, buy a vehicle and experience a bit of the culture ourselves.
5: The Lima Zoo was a fun place to see animals of Peru and some of the ancient ruins around the city.
6: Judah celebrated his first birthday in Lima. Denise Doejaaren made him a surprise turtle birthday cake. I was so happy that my baby had a cake for his birthday.!
7: Language school here we come! | It took two days to drive to Arequipa through the desert and into the mountains of southern Peru.
8: The Pan American Highway
9: the desert
10: Our hotel in Nazca was a welcome relief to the long trip and the cramped quarters of the truck. The hotel was an old convent and the grounds were beautiful. The kids loved playing in the pool.
12: Arequipa This old colonial city is where we studied Spanish for the next four months. We met new friends, ate good food and enjoyed the city very much.
14: Lee & Dori Williams. | Our friend and Judah's Nanny, Coki. | Chenoah & Mike Styron | Our puppy, Whiskey and Judah became mischievous playmates. | We went to Arica, Chile for our visas. Marshall Kitron came along to get his as well.
16: We lived life at 7,600 feet in the shadow of El Misti and Mt. Chichani. David bought his motorcycle in Arequipa and explored the mountains. We lived life as "normal" as we could...we celebrated birthdays, home schooled, shopped in the market and bought a puppy. Every day was an adventure for all of us in one way or another.
18: Vicuna & Llamas are common sights. | Yes, David is on a bicycle. | Riding a Peruvian Paso - the Cadillac of horses.
19: Enjoying Arequipa
20: Colca Canyon
22: Arequipa to
23: Pucallpa | The trip took four days - two to get to Lima and then two more to get to Pucallpa. Jan, the kids and the dog flew from Lima but for David it was a adventure of good weather and bad weather - good roads and bad roads. Dave Spyers went with David over the Andes and they also were companions to a Peruvian friend who was driving his Combi van to Pucallpa. David made it within 10 miles of home before the car broke down. Still he limped the truck on in and we were HOME at last.
24: Home Sweet Home | This is a whole lot different than life in the mountains!
25: It was a month before we moved into our house because of the amount of work that needed to be done. I still thought it was a little rough but it was big and practical and it fit us all quite well. Over the years we continued to try to improve it and make it feel like home. It's a work in progress.
26: It was finally time to settle down and resume a daily schedule. David started work at the hanger, we continued to work on the house and get used to living 20 km (45 minutes) away from town. That meant buying trips weren't as frequent as I was used to. The kids started school at SAM Academy and I took a turn driving all the center kids twice a week. In later years we home schooled again.
27: ...and then the truck arrived with our shipment from the USA! Oh, happy day!
29: Aviation plays a vital role in assisting Bible translation by providing a fast way in and out of remote locations. In other instances the airplane is a lifeline when medical emergencies arise. | David is an aviation mechanic and he is responsible to keep the small fleet safe and airworthy.
30: Ministries of South America Mission in Pucallpa | The Indian Center - Jim & Renee Eifert have spent many years building the Indian Center in Pucallpa - a safe place for tribal people to stay in town. Other ministries in Pucallpa are the Night Bible Institute, Shipibo Indian ministry( an indigineous training center), drug rehabilitation, patient care classes at the local hospital, a crisis pregnancy center and the mission school, SAM Academy. The youth ministries have partnered with Kids Alive. | Motociclistas Por Cristo - Julio Chiang, a SAM missionary and national motocross champion, started this ministry. He along with others have taken this unique opportunity to share the gospel between races and have started a church through this ministry.
31: Mil Palmeras This church has grown out of the motocross ministry. It is still a growing and maturing church of several hundred people pastored by Julio Chiang. This has become our church and we have tried to be a part of the community. David has led Sunday School and we are part of a small group. We were thrilled when Lauren was baptized.
35: F UN
36: Parque de la Reserva --The Water Park in Lima. It's so cool at night. | San Francisco Catacombs
37: Our vacation to Lima was awesome. We ate, slept and played the whole time. | Miraflores lit up. | The view from our condo.
38: Friends are
39: Family | When we are overseas, friends don't take the place of family but God gives us an extended family with our friends.
40: 2011 - We received our fair share and more of rain. Cashibo lake rose to hieghts that hadn't been seen in 30 years.. This unlikely rainy season followed an unusually DRY summer. Luckily our houses are on stilts and although it was close for some, it didn't quite reach the floorboards. The pets came in, the critters came in and it was difficult for us to go anywhere. All in all, it was miserable.
41: "RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY PLEASE COME BACK ANOTHER DAY!"
43: Some fun animals to end with!