quick update from Lima

Hello, all!

Im really sorry the blog has been so weak this year. There has just been either no access to internet or the days were so long that I just couldnt manage it. Ill shoot you a quick update now from the Lima airport.

-Elaina is recovering at home and will be fine.
-Pam is safely back in Florida for the first time in over 6 months and is enjoying time with her family.
-Christi is very sick, but safely home. Please pray for her speedy recovery, as she starts nursing school on Monday
-Jason is safely home. He is also rad.
-Shelli got home safely and is finishing up working the weekend at yet another youth camp at home in California.
-Katie is home safely. She is also one of my very favorite people. Jenn and I want to buy her a house.
-Stever, Jenn, and Alfred fly home today and will be in to LAX by midnight tonight. Steve and Jenn have nasty colds but its ok.

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Photo-fest! (finally)

YAY!

Team update (Elaina and Katie coming home)

Hey gang.

Truth be told, I had been downplaying Elaina’s condition in order to not cause too much stress and worry by her family and friends while the doctors and I navigated the Peruvian health care system.  First and foremost let me say that Elaina has been without a fever for 24 hours and is safely in Lima.  I can’t type all the details, but the decision was made that what would be in the best interest of Elaina would be to get her home earlier than scheduled.  We of course did not want her to travel by herself, so Katie stepped up in a an absolutely huge way and cut her trip short this morning to make sure to take care of Elaina and to get her home safely.   Obviously this is a big deal and we so much appreciate your prayers…..but please let me keep you all from worrying too much and repeat again that she has been fever-free for over a day now and we are simply getting her home early to get her to her doctor.  Please pray for them both tomorrow as they travel back to Los Angeles.

Well, I apologize sincerely for my poor performance as a blogger this trip.  It has been a really different schedule and there is literally no down time.  I’m going to let the photos hopefully do the talking as I upload a ton while I get in the shower before bed.  I hope that the photos can help fill in the space I wish I had the energy to fill with my words.  Love to you all.

quick story before breakfast

Some of you know that our team has been preparing a special choreographed dance as a special gift for LaPerla at the welcome ceremony. For those of you who do not know, dancing is HUGE in Laperla. Well, last night our team did our dance up on the stage in front of a completely packed house at church. The congregation leapt up in excitement and insisted we run through the entire thing again so they could learn as well. Alfred stole the show as usual with his mad freestyle moves.

We have a team meeting in a few minutes, then we pack up the meds and head to the clinic for the day. Today should be another very full and frantic day, but we all feel deeply and genuinely honored to be where we are doing what we are doing.

Please hang in there…..I am dying to get some photos up and tell you more about the amazing miracles that have been happening all around us.  Love to you all.

Safely in Lima!

Hooray!

Alfred, Jason, Katie, Jenn, Elaina & I made the journey with no problems.  Alfred and I checked out the San Salvador airport for a while before hopping on the second leg here to Lima.  We got through customs without a hitch and saw the beautiful smiling face of Jannina!  The bus ride to the hotel was full of stories and just catching up on what{s been going on with the field and with our team. Right after the six of us got here with our tons of luggage – in came Christi and Shelli! And right behind them was PAM! We just had the most amazing reunion in the lobby of the hotel here! It was so great to see Pam after such a long time.  This all JUST happened – they are still laughing and talking in the lobby behind me right now.  There is an air of real joy and excitement around the whole team.

Alfred just said “Hey Steve.  Just because this is all starting off so awesome doesn’t mean it has to stop.  I have a great feeling about all of this.”

We are off to go meet up with Ryan Smedes (Country director of FH Peru) and our beloved Luis Chammaro (FH Pucallpa director) to enjoy some dinner and community.  We’re all pretty tired and we have to be in the lobby at 3:45AM tomorrow morning to start our day….so it will likely be an early evening.

Just a few days until we return to LaPerla!!!!

Hi everybody!

It has been WAY too long since I have updated the blog.  I apologize, and I just wanted to let you all know that I will be doing regular blog updates from the field in Peru. There is so much going on right now that I am not sure where to start,  so I suppose I will just try to hit a few bullet points with this return to posting.

We return to LaPerla – a neighborhood of Pucallpa – on August12th.  Our team will spend the 11th in Lima.

For today’s “warm up” entry I just wanted to give you a little bit of background on our team! My name is Stephen Lewis, and my wife Jennifer and I have the privilege of co-leading the team again this year. Jenn is an artist who does the art for children’s books and works as the sign artist at the Trader Joes by our house. I run a video production company…and by “run a video production company” I simply mean I’m a guy who shoots video at weddings and events on the weekend.

Of the 7 other team members this year, 5 of them were with us last year and are returning to see their friends in LaPerla! Jason, Christi, and Katie are all returning as the backbone of our medical staff (I could type forever about each of them….they are my friends and I respect all three to no end), and they have added a 4th member of that team with the wonderful Shelli Fletcher. Shelli is a medical professional that works at Hoag hospital here in Orange County.

We will be meeting up with the sweet, selfless, spectacular Pam Tullman when we get to Lima. Pam has been in Peru for the last six months doing a really intense discipleship training school with YWAM. Her blog is absolutely amazing. Check it out here.

Rounding out our team are Elaina and Alfred.   Alfred is returning for his THIRD trip to Peru with our team and he has the amazingly appropriate job of games coordinator and translator (among – like all of us – many other things). Elaina is on her first trip with the team and she adds such a burst of energy and optimism to our gang! Both of them are easygoing and fun and will be amazing assets in the field.

In my next entry I will be providing a detailed look at what we will be doing on our trip. I’ll also provide you with a list of prayer requests for our team. It was amazing how the prayer support of all of you who followed along on the blog last year both lifted our spirits and brought miraculous results!