Monday we headed out to the airport to meet Nathan Ingram, Bill Rowley, and Chris Pelham on their way from Andahuaylas to the US. We wanted to hear the details of the trip, have a semi-official meeting of Impact International, and give them their three suitcases that they left at our house (the little 18 passenger planes that fly to Andahuaylas don't allow much luggage).
Feeling like saving some money (remember--our daughter got married two weeks ago) we were walking down the street with their three suitcases, ready to take a bus across town (a three hour prospect) with the suitcases. Our neighbor Jorge Paz, who among other things drives a taxi, happened to spot us and saved us from the bus-suitcase adventure by offering an economical ride to where he was going and finding another inexpensive taxi to take us to the airport afterwards.
At the airport we met up with them after only a little bit of a runaround.
Chris was much better--he had been sick most of the time they were there--that was an answer to prayer.
They had a great time. They went out in the country to see how the people really live and stayed in Piscabamba, which is much more rural and higher altitude than Andahuaylas. They showed us a great video of a lady cooking pork skins in a pot and stirring them with a 2x4--and of some pig's teeth and other odd bits in the pot! (Wonder why Chris was sick?)
One of the airport security men came over to watch their videos. He had relatives in another part of the mountains, and I guess they reminded him of the home folks.
In their meetings with Kawsay to sign an official agreement as to our responsibilities and cooperation between Kawsay and Impact, everyone saw eye to eye in an almost unbelievable way. For example, Impact wants Mike's ministry to be concentrated in Andahuaylas, with students doing the traveling to rural areas around Andahuaylas. They were wondering how to best bring this up, when one of the Kawsay guys suggested it as a good plan.
We had a great time meeting with them, and then, without suitcases, took the economical three hour bus trip home, while they took off for Birmingham.