The Kauffmans In Peru

I am very excited when folks at our church venture out to be used of God in a mission setting.  Right now Jack and Ann Kauffman are in Peru for ten days teaching block classes at The Baptist Seminary of Peru. The Seminary reaches out to local pastors and their wives who come 2-3 times a year for training.  I have included their recent update to encourage you to pray for them and to consider helping a missionary in the future:

Classes went well and rather quickly.  The pastors in my class and the seminary students keep me on my toes.  The women are more subdued but show much interest.  Counseling is a popular and sometimes controversial subject.  Because of customs and culture, they would handle problems differently than we do in the States at times.

Ann and I walked about a mile to the beach (Pacific) this morning.  It was so good to sit on the beach for a few minutes, practically alone—no one goes there–in 80 degree weather and a nice breeze, but the beach is no Wildwood–some rundown buildings, a public toilet with “squatters” and a children’s playground, made primarily of bamboo, that has seen better days.

One thing I’ve noticed was the temperament of the dogs in Peru.  Peruvian dogs are not friendly like our US dogs.  In the US, dogs bark at you, run after you or want to be petted.  Peruvian dogs aren’t leashed and roam everywhere, but they could care less about people.  They completely ignore you and spend their time sleeping or stealing garbage.

Speaking of garbage, the Peruvians have a good system.  Instead of trash cans, they have elevated steel baskets that stand about 4 feet off the ground.  You put your bags of trash (about the size of a grocery store plastic bag in the US) in these elevated racks and once in a while the garbage man comes by on a motorcycle with a small truck bed and takes it.  However, thanks to the dogs, birds and the people who scavenge the trash, it is usually gone by morning.  Once in a while, a bag of trash blows off the rack and a happy Peruvian dog finds it and spends awhile ripping it apart like a child with a birthday present.

Did you ever hear of the Peruvian Guinea Pig?  They have nice, long hair and are sold for pets in the US–I had one as a kid–in Peru they eat them.

My (native) interpreter, Jon, showed me where he lived on a map today.  It’s a 2 week trip by bus and then by boat up the Amazon to the very edge of Peru.  He is such a nice guy and so fervent about wanting to marry the right Christian girl and asked Ann and I for a lot of advice about marriage and family, etc.  These people’s dedication, humility and spirit for the Lord are very convicting.

We have been meeting with several people to discuss their problems as a result of our classes.

All of this makes for an interesting experience.  While we will not have time to tour this beautiful country, we will have no lack of stories and experiences to remember.

Jack and Ann

One Response

  1. Elated to hear about your experiences! We had a similar situation about 20 years ago with a church trip to Puerto Rico. Treasure the memories. Thanks for sharing your time, talents, and energy!!

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