Mission to Arequipa and Yarabamba – the Petalumeños in action!

Fr. Marvin Bowers writes:
The week of June 16-24 a mission team from St John’s Anglican, Petaluma, California, came to Arequipa.  They were immediately dubbed the Petalumeños.   The  photo below shows the team with students of Colegio Anglicana San Lucas following a farewell ceremony.

Colegio San Lucas. From left to right, me, Alec Conrad, Josiah Gilman and his father Jeff (the senior member of the team), Steve and Holly Knipe, Rebecca Miller, Malia Byerley, Caitly Christie, a San Lucas student, and Sadie Byerley

Last year, Steve, Holly and Caitlyn attended a Society of Anglican Missionaries and Senders (SAMS) mission team training and began a year long team formation process.  The team formation included cross cultural ministry training, fund raising, and, above all, prayer.

Yarabamba – potatoes baked in adobe for lunch

Yarabama – clearing stones for a rock wall around the site for a future church

Yarabama – clearing stones for a rock wall around the site for a future church

   During their weeklong mission in Arequipa the team did manual labor, music, sports, and testimony at Santiago Apostol (St James Apostle), Villa Ecologia; Santa Natividad (Holy Nativity), Yarabama; Colegio San Lucas, (St Luke’s School), Zamacola; Casa Hogar Sagrada Familia (Holy Family Orphanage), Pachacutec); and Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemor), Vallecito.  Jeff Gilman, who is the director of the Redwood Gospel Mission in Santa Rosa, gave talks about Alcoholics Anonymous and recovery ministry to seminarians, clergy, teachers, and parents.

Yarabama Basketball

Colegio San Lucas – painting a new class room.

Colegio San Lucas – the community gathers

Nestor Mogollon, a deacon who serves at San Lucas and Santiago Apostol, said that he’s never seen a mission team that sang as much and prayed as much and had as much fun as the Petalumainyos.  Bonnie and I had our regular schedule of teaching at San Lucas and at el Seminario Santos Agustin but were able to accompany the team for most of their activities.  I certainly agree with deacon Nestor about the team’s spirit of service, love, and joy.

Santiago Apostol, Arequipa, with her new roof

Santiago Apostol – working on the walls.

  Bonnie and I will be in Arequipa for another week.  I will be wrapping up my seminary classes and recording the grades of the seminarians (the hardest part for me).  We will fly out of Arequipa on the evening of  Monday, July 2 , and arrive home on Tuesday, July 3. As always, we offer our heartfelt thanks to all of you who have prayed for us, as well as to those who have given financial support for our ministry.

Santiago Apostol – the team with Fr Juan Marcos Ayala, Deacon Nestor Mogollon and members of the community.

   La gracia de nuestro Senor Jesucristo, el amor de Dios, y la comunion del Espiritu Santo sean con todos nosotros.
   Marvin

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