Foreign Moms in Touch

Me, holding Ludwig Friedemann; Konika Wright, Annett Friedemann, holding Annelena; Damaris Hassfeld; Verena Bigalke; Sabine Oswald; and Tabea Seiler, holding Robin

Me, holding Ludwig Friedemann; Konika Wright, Annett Friedemann, holding Annelena; Damaris Hassfeld, holding a Moms in Prayer International guidebook; Verena Bigalke; Sabine Oswald; and Tabea Seiler, holding Robin

This is a picture of encouragement.  This is our Wednesday morning ladies’ prayer group.  This is also a picture of missionary life because three of these lovely ladies have said goodbye this summer and are back in Germany.  Annett, the blonde; Tabea, in the green shirt holding the baby; and Sabine, in the red sweater; are all gone and we miss them.  This picture was taken in Verena’s backyard and I like how the clothesline made it into the top of the picture.

We have decided to make our meeting time into a “Moms in Prayer” meeting, which is a group to pray for a school, formally known as “Moms in Touch.”  Our friend Amy Reid took this picture in May because she is involved in Moms in Prayer in Oklahoma, as are some of my best friends, Amy Cox and Katherine Holmes, in their schools.  I like the structure of the new format and the style of praying is like BSF, so it makes me a little nostalgic as well.  We pray in English, Spanish, and German.  I am so thankful to get to have this time with the other missionary moms and every week I look forward to seeing them and spending time with God together.  Almost all my mothering life, God has provided a weekly prayer or Bible study time with other moms.  It is amazing how much it has shaped us and how much we really, really need one another.


Kids at Work

Nolan Wright has another good post about the life for kids here in Curahuasi.  The situation is tough for them.  Abuse is common.  To say that the parents are relaxed in how they care for their kids would be an understatement.  Often very young kids take on the responsibilities of adults.  I know some kids sleep on the streets because of the unsafe environment at home.  Please pray for these kids.  From the Wright family blog.

I can’t imagine hiking that trail every day, and two, I don’t think I could let my kids do this alone. However, kids here grow up fast. They have to.  Many have 3-6 other siblings and their dad may or may not be around. Their mom works all day and they have to help with the family chores and often fend for themselves much of the time.  Every day I see shepherds guarding their flocks” (by day) and those “shepherds” are almost always kids. First thing in the morning I often see kids walk down our dirt road for water and carry pales back to their house (most do have water at their house(but often not in it), so I’m not quite sure what they are doing…  yet).

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A picture of two boys working up in the mountains caring for their flocks.  From the WrightsinPeru blog.

Our Friend Makes the Bread that Keeps Us Happy

Some of the bread that Konika has made.  The picture is from their blog.

Some of the bread that Konika has made. The picture is from their blog.

Konika Wright is a good friend of Allison’s.  Their kids are our kids friends as well.  I am happy to have Nolan around as well.  Konika is a good cook, and she and Allison share recipes, and one of Konikas bread recipes has become a staple at our house.  Konika has taken that ability to the hospital, and is making the bread that the hospital provides to all the missionaries.  The bread is cooked in a German style, which makes it a little different than we are used to, but it is still good.  Maybe Konika will be able to Americanize it a little bit with time. 🙂  Check out some of the pics from the Wrights blog as they discuss Diospi Suyanas New Bread Maker.

Konika bread

IMG_1271This is my friend Konika (like Monica, but with a K) Wright and her daughter Sydney. She is wonderful– creative, caring, honest, and talented. Besides bringing her two kids, Benjamin and Sydney, very important persons in our household, to Curahuasi, she herself has been a real blessing to me. She is my “mom friend.” I can call her and say, “Aaah! We can buy an extra uniform this week! Less laundry stress!” or “Did you get the boys’ math homework? What were those symbols?” She and I see eye to eye on lots of issues and I am thankful to God for providing such a friend. Everyone needs someone to say, “I agree. That’s what I was thinking too.”

Many times I call Konika to say, “Can I please have that recipe?” She is a fabulous cook and baking is her specialty. There is another amazing family here, the Friedemanns, who do many things at the hospital, among them making bread and cheese for the missionary community. Michel makes over 500 rolls and many loaves of bread each week. He is training Konika to take over since they are going home in June. She gets to the hospital before 6:00 am on Tuesdays and makes bread for several hours in the big industrial kitchen. There is a hospital employee who grows wheat on her farm and sells it to Michel. Another group of people sort and clean it, they take it to someone to grind it, and then they use it to make the bread. The wheat itself is supporting a whole community! The resultant loaves are deliciously whole grain-y and heavy. We call it German bread.

In our house, when the kids see a bowl of wet-looking dough rising in the windowsill, they say, “Yea! Konika bread!” Now German bread is Konika bread too. What follows is original Konika bread, a no-knead, fail-proof air-pocketed bread. Enjoy some tonight!

Konika Bread

2 cups flour
2 teaspoons yeast
1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons salt
sprinkle of sugar
1 1/2 cups warm water

Combine the flour, yeast, salt, and sugar in a large bowl. Add the warm water and stir. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a towel and leave it for a couple of hours or more. Heat your oven to 350 or 400 (our oven is either on or off, so I don’t really know). Line your baking sheet with a silicone liner (Silpat) or parchment paper and drizzle a little olive oil over it. Turn the bowl over and dump the dough out. Konika gathers her dough in and lets it re-rise. Sometimes I do or sometimes I just plop it on the sheet and put it in the oven. I like to drizzle the top with a little olive oil to help it brown and crisp a little. It should be done in about 20 to 25 minutes. As Konika says, “It doesn’t look pretty, but it tastes good.” Konika reports that her friend bakes it in a Dutch oven with the cover on and it turns out nice and crispy. Try it if you have an oven-proof pot. One day I’ll retrieve mine from storage…

Summer School and Bible Study

L to R: Sarah, Peter, Benjamin Wright, Jon Paul Cunningham, Sydney Wright, Annie, David

L to R: Sarah, Peter, Benjamin Wright, Jon Paul Cunningham, Sydney Wright, Annie, David, and the blur in front is Mateo (I think!)

On Friday nights we have a English speakers Bible study.  It is a time of mutual encouragement for all of us, with the intention of praising God and seeking his will.  We share a meal and usually pray and sing and then the adults try and study the Bible amidst the noise of many kids.  There are 8 more kids 5 and under that are usually with us that are not included in this picture.  It can get LOUD!  One night we had just under 30 people in our house.  This picture was taken on a night when the older kids shared what they had been learning with Finley Wright during her afternoon of homeschooling the missionary over the summer break.  The kids sang some songs in Spanish and gave reports and spoke about things they had learned in the Bible.  I was impressed by their presentation, and I am thankful to Finley for taking the time to help teach our kids this summer.