Dave, the SAM field director for Peru, came to take us and some of the church leaders out for lunch on Friday. Another SAM missionary and pastor in Pucallpa was also able to join him. It was a big encouragement for us and for our friends. Beyond a good time, we were so grateful for their help in sorting through some of the loose ends here and cheering the church leaders on as they undertake the task ahead of them.
At lunch we learned something new: there is in fact a good restaurant in the area. It's in Barranca, the next town over, but I think we would have been VIP customers if we had known about this a year ago!
The restaurant is semi-famous (we had heard of it before actually) for creating a particular Peruvian dish, tacu-tacu, which you can see in the photo below. It's two cakes of mashed beans and rice with seafood in the middle. DELISH!! And probably even more scrumptious was the flounder ceviche we had beforehand. I'll be going back before we leave for sure.
Interestingly enough, this restaurant is owned by the uncle of our landlords. I guess I shouldn't be surprised. Everyone is related in some way around here-- by law or affinity if not by blood.