Our kids attend a school that requires community service hours to graduate. No, it isn't an alternative school for those kicked out of regular schools! This last week, Ben and 50 other students took a 14-hour bus ride to Umachulco to work in a highland community. One of the first things Ben told me was that he was really thankful for the knife uncle Erik gave him for Christmas a year ago, because it worked well for sheering an alpaca!
Not to be outdone, I went with a trio of Peruvian mothers to the other end of Arequipa to see a spina bifida patient. He is a jovial young man but is paralyzed from the belly button on down. These moms have kind of formed a club to help take care of this patient, which is kind of inspiring to me. I met them through another missionary who has a women's bible study that they attend.