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