We have been living in a rental house in Arequipa, Peru for the past 11 years. Now that the kids are in the US for college and careers, we plan on moving to a coastal town 3 hours away to do church-planting ministry. We are partnering with a local Baptist church in Arequipa that is providing the pastor for the new plant as well as assistance and support in any way that they can.
On June 14th, we vacated our home and moved to the SIM guesthouse for a few days before heading for the States for Mary Beth’s brother’s wedding and home assignment. Our goal for the next 8 months is to visit all of our supporters to catch up, introduce our spouses to those they’ve not met and to inform supporters about our plans.
We are hoping to travel o Canada in July, but the border quarantine rules are in flux, so we haven’t made any definite plans yet.
Paul arrived in Peru at the beginning of June to say good-bye to friends, finish up some paperwork with the government and help with the move. The church threw him a surprise birthday party in the park outside our house on his first night back.
We had a garage sale for all the things we didn’t wish to haul to the coast. It felt like the big bang of garage sales as 3/4 of our things were dispersed around the city within 2 hours of opening time.
We had lots of help to get our remaining possessions moved to a storage room at a mission-owned house.
We arrived in New Jersey just in time for Mary Beth’s brother’s wedding.