At our church service last night, we introduced the new (interim) pastor, a youngish guy from the First Baptist Church of Barranca. He seems engaging, gospel-centered, and enthusiastic. I was reminded again of the faithfulness of God, that He has a plan for these precious people and won't abandon them.
Kyle (who worked in Puerto Supe for 15 months) is here to visit before returning to attend graduate school at Emory. It's fun to have a friend around, adding something new to the conversation, making cards more fun, and genuinely understanding what we're going through. He moved from Puerto Supe to Pucallpa this time last year, so we have a lot in common.
As we continue to invest in the people here, we're looking ahead as well. Tim has been doing some great work (if you ask me) with the South America Mission staff resources webpage, as well as dabbling in journalism, Facebook fan pages, and various other endeavors. We're both happy to have him busy and using his brain.
I'm working with our housekeeper to help her brainstorm and research ideas for future income. So far we've got her unofficial veterinary business, a potencial key copying industry (currently not available in Puerto Supe), making desserts to sell, and going in with her sister's "fast food" business in the evenings. Sounds promising to me.
The stress is still high, but I think our spirits are lifting as well.