Our final day in Peru has arrived, the past five days have gone by so quick. I wish we could have gotten here on time to spend the full week with more kids, but whatever God's plan was for this trip-- I don't know. Last night was a super late night because we met up our full team including the medics and our ground team in Peru for a family meal. We shared laughs and stories over dinner and coffee until like eleven o'clock. Pastor Pablo also informed us that a member of his church had invited the WHOLE team over for a traditional Arequpian breakfast so we had to be up and out early.
We arrived at this sweet couples house around 7:30 a.m. and their house was warm and packed with chairs and tables for our large team. After the blessing we sat down to break bread with one another- literally and metaphorically, ha. Our breakfast consisted of a special soup that many people in Arequipa eat on Sunday. The best way to explain it is a spiced broth with a huge pork chop in it and then you use this special local-made bread to kind of soak up all the liquid. Directly after finishing the soup then you drink this special tea with this licorice that supposedly is good for digestion. The soup was absolutely delicious and something hot was so nice especially for the cold Peruvian mornings. I can't say I've ever had pork chop soup for breakfast, but it was good. Finishing it off with a hot cup of tea was super warm and yummy and I absolutely loved the tea how it was. It was so sweet of them to invite our big team over for breakfast and it was such a blessing.
Next we headed back to our hotel to finish packing up our belongings and check out of the hotel. It was a mad dash to get out of there quickly so we could spend as much time with more kids that day. The rest of the day we spent with more children; loving on them, teaching them, playing with them and doing crafts. They especially loved the songs and coloring pages! Their sweet temperament and joyful spirit was so adorable and so humble.
We spent the rest of the day playing with the kiddos until we had to head to the airport and start our long journey home. It has been a whirlwind few days but it has definitely been a life-changing and eye-opening experience. I don't know what the future holds in regards to future mission trips but it has been a blessing to get to know the Peruvian people and spend time with these wonderful children. Thank you to everyone who has contributed in prayers and finances to this trip, it has been an honor and a blessing.