Thursday, April 18, 2019

Saludos desde Perú {Greetings From Perú}

Leandro, José Luis And Chenoa Bidding Farewell To Bolivia
Thank you for your continued support of our family ministry through your prayers, messages and financial gifts. We continue to serve because of you and your accompaniment.

Rebirth {A letter from Chenoa Stock serving in Peru}

Lent, 2019

“Rebirth." This is how my husband, Jose, describes our recent move to Lima, Peru. In early February, we packed our possessions, said our goodbyes to Bolivia and took off to begin a new family mission -- from a country of 11 million to a city of 11 million; from a landlocked country to a coastal one; from a dry, mountain city at an altitude of 13,000ft to an ironically humid, desert city at sea level; from our layers of jackets, jeans and boots to a city where the summer months are no joke and sandals and short-sleeves are a must. So yes, a rebirth into new life has indeed begun.

Perhaps this family life transition is timely during this season of Lent. Rebirth, a time of renewal, and resurrection are never easy. There is darkness, there is struggle, there is a longing for what used to be in all its simplicity. But we are called to be Easter people. We are called to walk through that darkness with faith that the Light is greater and that resurrection leads us to brighter days.

Our two months here have found us both in the darkness and in the light. But I imagine that is expected in any life transition, especially as a family. The enormity of this city is one that intrigues and overwhelms at the same time. We have already explored it a decent amount in our searches for an apartment, technological amenities to keep us connected to the outside world, grocery stores, markets, and baby needs. Venturing out to meet friends and colleagues and take walks have also proven to be times of exploration.

This new mission call is with the program, PERUSA, that is part of the Peruvian Joining Hands Network, the same program with which I served in Sri Lanka and Bolivia. PERUSA helps to facilitate partnerships between PC (USA) churches in the US and communities in Peru, in order to create strong, long-term relationships through working, learning and reflecting together. These partnerships are with communities of the Evangelical Church of Peru and their work in Bible institutes and seminaries, but also accompany Joining Hands Peru network partners, including a school for the deaf, a home for abused girls and ecological gardens. These Peruvian communities are blessed to have partnerships with so many PC (USA) congregations who faithfully support and visit them each year to grow their relationship. If your congregation is interested in exploring a partnership with Peru or in bringing a delegation to visit, please let me know!

Next month we will be traveling to Cusco to meet with the Synod members there, as well as visit their Sajiruyoc Bible Institute and attend their General Assembly. We are looking forward to getting out of the city and visiting a new part of the country. Luckily, our Bolivian-trained lungs should not have a problem with the altitude there. After Easter, we will start focusing on finalizing the logistics and details for the next few months’ scheduled delegation trips and their time here with our partners. It is a big learning curve, and there is still so much more to do, see, and learn; but we are taking it one day at a time.

We are deeply grateful to have another Mission Co-Worker couple here, Jed and Jenny Koball, and their son, Thiago, to support us, especially in these first months. Leandro and Thiago have already taught each other so many things, and we look forward to seeing how their friendship blossoms over the years.

So yes, amidst this transition, that sometimes feels dark or confusing, we see the Light and feel its presence. We know and faithfully believe that the Easter promise of reconciliation and renewal will be fulfilled and present, not only this Easter, but throughout our time here, accompanying our Peruvian partners in God’s mission – a mission that only grows stronger because of your accompaniment and prayers.

Thank you for walking with our family through this time of change and renewal and for your financial gifts and support that make this service and partnership possible. We would ask for prayers of patience and humility as we continue in our ‘rebirth’, learning about this partnership and country and discovering our role in it all.

May the Resurrection of Easter lead us to be people of Light.
Peace and blessings,

Chenoa

Our new mailing address:
Chenoa Stock and José Luis Claure
Av Juan de Aliaga 702, Departamento 1401
Magdalena del Mar
Lima 15076
PERU

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Friday, March 1, 2019

Samuel’s Good News

Hi Randy,

I just spoke with Samuel. He is loving his job with 14,000 handicapped people in the province of Ayacucho. He is also responsible for youth programs. He has not been paid yet due to the fiscal irresponsibility of the last mayor but he hopes that will be resolved this week. He said that the Sharon Church was directly responsible for his getting this job because people saw him handing out clothing and glasses and working in Huanta with disabled folks. Pretty exciting NO? He is well and sends his regards. He will be in touch next week he says.

Love to you all!
Sara

Rev. Sara G. Armstrong

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Back Home

Good Morning Van,

It is my first day home after four months on the road. As I travelled I tried to present the work of our new office and of the Joining Hands program of the PCUSA. This collection of articles does it so much better and the one written by Jed Koball is extremely articulate and clear. Link

I look forward to Christmas at home with family. I hope you and Connie enjoy yours too.

Saludos y abrazos de Sara Rusty y Gabi

Sara Armstrong
PC(USA) Mission Co-Worker, Perú
http://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/missionconnections/the-rev-sara-armstrong-and-russell-edmondson/

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Sara Armstrong And Rusty Edmondson Visit Sharon Church

All:

I wanted to let you know that Sara and Rusty will be in Charlotte the weekend of December 1st and 2nd.

They are still working on their travel plans and schedule but I am thinking they will arrive on Friday, November 30th and depart on Monday, December 3rd. I think they are giving a presentation about their work in Peru during the Sunday School hour. I haven't heard if Sara will be preaching that Sunday.

Mark your calendars!

Thanks and blessings to each of you.

Randy

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Pictures & Birthdays

Pictures from our 2018 mission trip to Perú are being posted in the picture album that can be accessed from the Picture Albums link list below.

Also, a lucky few of you will notice on our calendar that you share a birthday with one of our Peruvian hosts.  My apologies with the spelling of some of the names, but the dates are correct.

More mission pictures will be added soon.

Friday, July 27, 2018

From Sara Armstrong And Rusty Edmondson

Greetings from Sara Armstrong and Rusty Edmondson in Lima, Perú 2018

…CHANGES IN PERÚ

What a great ride! It has been 10 (!!) years since we were sent to Perú to establish a Short-Term-Mission Program between PC(USA) and Peruvian partners.  We are excited to help start PERUSA;  a new program of the Red Uniendo Manos-Perú (the Joining Hands Network.)  Miriam Laura became the Coordinator of PERUSA in May, 2017 and has guided us through two team seasons.  Miriam can be contacted by email at:  perusa.red@gmail.com.  We are also keen on the 14 new projects, approved by Peruvians and awaiting adoption by US church partners.

In the midst of all this excitement, Rusty retires December 31, 2018 and we will be leaving Perú.  Sara is praying and searching for the next big step in her life.  We are delighted to report that our position is prioritized for the next four years.  We hope you will give (or transfer) your material and spiritual support to the new Mission Co-Worker(s) who will start work in Perú, hopefully by the end of 2018.

…FROM OUR NATIONAL OFFICE

“World Mission will be recruiting a replacement for Sara & Rusty’s position and invites you prayerfully to continue your support of this important ministry.  We ask you to further your partnership with Presbyterian World Mission by making a pledge for the next four years, that is, from 2018 through 2022, in support of our collective ministry in Peru.  Your continued gifts to E200530 (https://www.presbyterianmission.org/donate/E200530/) will help ensure our ability to fill this position.  We cannot do this important ministry without you.”

WE ARE HEADED YOUR WAY!

September - December, 2018 Rusty and Sara will be traveling through the US on Itineration Assignment

Please let us know if you are interested in receiving us and hearing about our changes, the new PERUSA programs, and other news from Perú.  We have US partners in 27 states so this should be a busy four months! Please contact us at dos_zapatos@yahoo.com.  We hope to see you soon!
Sara and Rusty

Thursday, July 26, 2018

VRAE II Construction Continues

With the help of both women and men, the construction of the new sanctuary for the VRAE II church in Ayacucho, Perú is truly a community event.


Monday, June 11, 2018

Because Of Brenda

I have seen an angel of the Lord.
I have lifted another to God in prayer.
I have witnessed innocence.
I have experienced joy,
and I have laughed.
I have experienced sorrow,
and I have cried.
I have seen a “child of God” jump for joy,
and I have held her in my arms.
I have been thankful.
I have prayed without ceasing.
I have been blessed.
I believe in miracles...  Because of Brenda.

wvd

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Trip Update

Hola All!

My apologies for this belated 2018 Sharon Presbyterian Church Mission Trip to Perú update. The trip is slowly (but definitely!) coming together. Our international and Perú domestic flights are reserved and ticketed and we should have our in-country accommodations in Ayacucho finalized soon.  Accommodations and breakfast at La Posada de Marques in Huanta are confirmed.

Please mark your calendars for Sunday afternoon, June 17, when we will meet from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm in Room 6 of the Sharon Presbyterian Church gym to pack the donations we will transport to Perú this year. Afterwards, we’ll meet for dinner at Monterrey Mexican Restaurant on Park Road.  Significant others are invited!

This year’s trip participants include:

Sara Armstrong, Connie Dale. Van Dale, Rusty Edmonson, Anne Elam, Miriam Laura, Rebeca Massõn, Brenda Paredes, Kiara Paredes, Lucy Poma, Randy Ross and Tom Skinner.

Of important note, we will be traveling from and returning to the Raleigh/Durham Airport (RDU) this year. The savings in airfare compared to departing from and returning to Charlotte will allow us to once again stay within our $1,500 per person participant cost.

Connie and Van Dale are exploring commuting options from Charlotte to RDU on Thursday, August 9 and from RDU to Charlotte on Sunday, August 19.

Our August 9 flights:
  • American Airlines 2397 from RDU to Miami (12:06 pm - 2:15 pm)
  • LATAM Airlines 2467 from Miami to Lima (5:20 pm - 10:10 pm)
The connection time in Miami should allow us (and our checked baggage) ample time to travel between Concourses D and J.

We were originally booked on the LC Perú Airlines afternoon flight from Lima to Ayacucho but I learned last week that the afternoon flight will not operate on Friday, August 10.  We are now confirmed on the early morning flight on August 10 and will tough it out in the Lima airport between the evening of our arrival and the morning of our scheduled departure to Ayacucho.  We will travel to Huanta upon our arrival in Ayacucho for a day of rest and visiting with our brothers and sisters there.  We are exploring a potential project in Huanta on Saturday, August 11.

Our Saturday, August 18 and Sunday, August 19 flights will be exclusively on American Airlines.
  • American Airlines 918 from Lima to Miami (9:55 pm - 5:00 am)
  • American Airlines 2397 from Miami to RDU (8:54 am - 11:00 am)
Each participant’s American Airlines AAdvantage account number has been included in the American reservations.  American and LATAM are both members of the OneWorld Alliance and we should be able to earn miles in the AAdvantage program for the LATAM flight.  We’ll need to confirm and provide our AAdvantage numbers to LATAM upon arrival in Miami.

Our tentative schedule:

  • Thursday, August 9:  Travel to Lima
  • Friday, August 10:  Travel to Ayacucho and Huanta
  • Saturday, August 11:  Explore Huanta
  • Sunday, August 12:  Travel to Ayacucho and worship at VRAE 2 Church
  • Monday & Tuesday, August 13 and 14:  Project work at VRAE 2 Church
  • Wednesday, August 15:  TBD
  • Thursday & Friday, August 16 and 17:  Project work at Paz y Esperanza near Ayacucho
  • Saturday, August 18:  Travel to Lima, explore Lima and travel home
  • Sunday, August 19:  Arrive home

The municipality of Ayacucho has been working on water and drainage projects from the main road to the VRAE 2 neighborhood over the past several months. The projects were scheduled to be completed last month with construction materials then delivered to the site of the new VRAE 2 church building. It’s impossible to predict exactly what construction progress will have been made prior to our arrival and what tasks we will be working on during our visit.

Sara Armstrong and Miriam Laura are coordinating with Paz y Esperanza to finalize the details of our project near Ayacucho.  Current plans are to help single mothers with equipment, supplies and training necessary to raise vegetables for consumption and sale.

The final trip payment is due Sunday, June 17.  I will be sending via email trip medical, waiver and insurance forms in a couple of days.  Please complete and return to me at your earliest convenience.

Again, my apologies for the belated trip update.  Please let me know if you have any questions or need additional information.

I am looking forward to our time of fellowship and service together in Perú!

Randy