Bonds built while “doing life” during short-term mission

Two years into its relationship with San Mateo school and chapel in San Juan de Lurigancho (a northern district of Lima), members of the short-term mission team from New Grace Anglican Church (Fleming Island, Florida) spent the week of July 14 doing more than building benches and wielding paint brushes. They built bonds. 

How did they do that? In the same way we build bonds in our life groups at church, our neighborhoods, and our families: by “doing life” together.  Sharing meals and laughter, celebrating birthdays, worshiping together, giving and receiving gifts, and enjoying the warmth of home hospitality.

These photos reflect some of this relationship-building:

Lunch was provided by the school's cooks. Here, the team and Bishop Godfrey enjoy meats, potatoes, and veggies Pachamanca-style (cooked in a sealed clay pot).

Lunch was provided by the school’s cooks. Here, the team shared the table with Bishop to Peru Bill Godfrey (with SAMS missionary Kathy Decker) enjoying meats, potatoes, and veggies Pachamanca-style (cooked in a sealed clay pot).

Padre Carlos's wife and son offer work-site refreshment.

Padre Carlos’s wife and son offer work-site refreshment.

Snacks are shared with some of the students from the school.

Snacks are shared with some of the students from the school.

Carmen, director of San Mateo school, presents a birthday cake to team leader Randy.

Carmen, director of San Mateo school, presents a birthday cake to team leader Randy.

Birthday celebration for the team's leader!

Worshiping together.

Worshiping together.

Padre Carlos at the pulpit.

Padre Carlos at the pulpit.

The team's seminarian had a turn at the pulpit too.

The team’s seminarian had a turn at the pulpit too.

The team joined locals in admiring a festive parade through nearby streets.

The team joined locals in admiring a festive parade through nearby streets.

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What a joy to deliver these dolls, made with love by women at  Zion Episcopal Church in Manchester, Vermont.

What a joy to deliver these dolls, made with love by women at Zion Episcopal Church in Manchester, Vermont (the banner in the background recognizes Peru’s upcoming Independence Day, July 28).

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Even director Carmen got one!

Even director Carmen got one!

No, the boys didn't seem to mind not getting the dolls.

Both the team and the children were eager to spend time together.

After a long week, the team had the privilege of relaxing at Padre Carlos's home for a night of good food and great music provided by Carlos's talented son.

After a long week, the team had the privilege of relaxing at Padre Carlos’s home for a night of good food and great music provided by Carlos’s talented son on the keyboard.

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