We were on our way home from the market in a taxi, through a neighborhood we hadn't been in before. I was amazed (nearly alarmed) at how close some of the homes are built to near-vertical dirt cliffs. This isn't really a good picture, as I snapped it out the window while we were driving, but I think that in a few years or so, some of these places could be perilously close to the edge.
One last visit this week! Elders Bird and Pavon took us on a walk down a dirt road, at night, after a rain, then up a steep dirt hill, to visit a new family. They're all new members, and are very excited about the Church and the teachings and principles, especially for the benefit of their children. Like many families here, the father works out of town, in this case Puerto Maldonado, in the Amazon jungle where we were a few weeks ago, and is able to come home only about once per month. He's coming back in 2 weeks, and we made plans for another visit when the entire family will be together. They're making us a meal "en la tierra", which I think is a dutch oven buried in the ground. They asked us if we like cui (guinea pig), we told them we like pollo (chicken). In the meantime, we treated them to a video, some photos, and a touching Gospel message delivered by Hna. J - mostly in Spanish, so don't let her tell you that she can't speak in the language. She isn't fluent by any means, neither am I, we're really beginners, but the spirit is present when she speaks, and the elders fill in the gaps.
Next week we've got a trip to Puno, the high (12,600ft) and cold part of the Mission. We're looking forward to that experience, and will be packing all of our warm clothing and rain gear. We'll be there for a week, Apr 24-30 for a Family History Fair, Sunday meetings, and 3 days of meetings with leaders, missionaries, and families.
We've been saddened to hear of the passing of our friends Patrice Swain and Dan Anderson this last week. We will miss them, but know the message of the Restored Gospel is that we can be with our families forever - that's the message we teach here through Family History.
We're well, and send our love to all of you.