Took a hike up to a new tourist destination called “Rainbow Mountain” or Vinicunca. Along the hike the second highest peak in Peru, Ausungate, looms over the trail. We hiked up to 16,400 feet, stopping in a saddle between larger mountains on each side. From there we could look down on the Rainbow Mountain of which there are apparently three in the world. One in China, another in Argentina, and the last just on the other side of Cuzco from where we live. The colors are caused by strands of different mineral deposits. I was thankful to fellow missionary Sean Heath for inviting me on this excursion. It was a long day, but worth the effort.
We need some prayer for our missionary community. Last week one of the young, single missionaries was raped while walking through town. This changes many things. We have always been able to tell people that it was safe here, and it did feel safe. It almost felt like there was a protective missionary bubble over all of us. It was never true, and now we know we have to have care. We can no longer say that it is completely safe. We told our kids about it, giving them more instructions about being out on the streets. During the day I do not think there is much danger, but at night it is never good for a woman to be out alone. Please pray for this young woman and pray for our single women missionaries.
We have always bragged about how our kids are free to roam through town. I still think we will let them have a lot of liberty during the day, but the girls especially have to be home by dusk. I am still thinking about what is best for the boys. Peter does not really go out much. He likes to be home. But David is out and about a lot. And we let him go to parties with his friends at night. I think we will continue to let him go. He is a 13 year old boy on a bike. And the truth is there is less risk for boys than girls. Still, pray that we will have wisdom, and that the mission will have wisdom.
I have been thinking a bit about how God teaches us through our life. We know that he is constantly working on us, creating us to do the good works that he has prepared in advance for us to do. We do not have water for a month and I believe that our current troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory. (It is better now.) When we go on a walk at night the heavens declare the glory of God. When we hike during the day and we lift our eyes to the mountains we recognize that our help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. We speak to our neighbor with mixed understanding, and we know that God’s strength is made perfect in our weakness. And so we can rejoice in our weaknesses. I have frustrations at work and I remember that I am working for the Lord, not for human masters. As we see others doing different things and I am tempted to compare myself to them, I realize that there are different types of working, but in them it is the same God at work accomplishing his purposes. Life can be a parable.
Our son Peter was 12 yesterday! I did not post anything because one of his gifts was having unlimited access to the computer to play Minecraft and Civilization. That boy loves the computer! Especially Minecraft with its modifications. He is burning through our limited internet. We are proud of him, and we have seen some amazing growth in maturity, strength, musicianship, and his relationship with God over the past year! Happy Birthday Peter!