Last night we got together with three other SAM families to make sushi! There is definitely no sushi bar in Pucallpa (although tons in Lima) so the food was a real treat. Even more sparkling was the company. As Tim reflected this morning, "I just like those people." Having a community of friends is still novel and awesome (although we'd like them even if it weren't!).
The first highlight of the night was probably watching N, my little Peruvian student, eating her PB&J with chopsticks. She is a picky eater and brought her lunchbox to dinner, but she didn't want to miss out on the fun.
The second highlight (well, the first really) was hearing about the national motocross race (racing motorcycles on a bumpy track) that took place in Pucallpa yesterday. As I've mentioned before, one of our missionaries is a former motocross superstar, and he and others have a ministry called Motociclistas Por Cristo that reaches out to other racers.
The MXC ministry was fully present at the national race yesterday with a free medical station, free mechanics station, and definitely free evangelism station. I haven't heard how the medicine and mechanics went, but apparently the evangelism was explosive. Church leaders from Mil Palmeras (mostly relatively new believers) talked to interested people about life and faith in Jesus, and 49 people decided that it was for them! We're not a Billy Graham crusade here, so that's pretty remarkable!
What I love most about all this is that sharing our faith in Christ isn't so that we can build bigger churches or convince others to be good. It's about passing on what we love and deem valuable, like telling others about our favorite restaurants but so much better and so much more important.
Tim and I are hoping to go to the second day of the race today and see all of this in action. We'll report back if we make it!