Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. 1 Thessalonians 5 11:13
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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com. We hope to see you soon!
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!