The week of July 14, a 6-member team from New Grace Anglican Church in Fleming Island, Florida worked at the new chapel at San Mateo school in the San Juan de Lurigancho district of Lima. This is the second year of New Grace’s relationship with San Mateo, and 3 of the team had been on last year’s inaugural trip.
The team was joined by Rev. Ian Montgomery from Vermont (and before that, a long-term SAMS missionary to Peru), who had worked behind the scenes with San Mateo’s rector Padre Carlos Quispe to structure the work week. A successful mission requires pre-planning, and Fr. Ian took the time to visit Lima in April and meet with Pdr. Quispe to determine how the team’s time and talents could best serve his church.
San Mateo is in the process of building a new chapel on the plot of land immediately behind the school.
Construction began before the New Grace team arrived; walls were erected, but they needed to be primed and painted.
The challenge? The walls were high! But the team met the challenge.
And they learned how to mix the paint from scratch.
A second project was to build wooden benches for the congregation, replacing the existing plastic chairs. With design instructions in hand, the designated carpenters visited a local wood supplier who cut the necessary pieces. Once built, the benches were given a warm brown stain.
They were put into place in preparation for Sunday’s service.
As a finishing touch, the team helped secure the overhead sheeting that would protect the congregation from the winter’s inclement weather.
What remains to be done? A roof, tile floors, more benches, a proper front wall section, and second-story living quarters for the rector, at the least.
San Mateo is truly blessed by the continuing commitment of and an ongoing relationship with New Grace Anglican Church, Fleming Island, Florida.