Saved, not enslaved.

Sometimes we have to go beyond our preconceptions and look at the broader context in order to find the truth. This is a picture of the entrance to El Centro Nativo in Pucallpa, Peru. At face value, it looks like these people are kept behind bars, in a state of poverty and misery. But this is the loading dock. An open… Read more →

Peru: The Shipibos

The largest tribe of indigenous people in the Peruvian Basin is the Shipibo tribe. I tried to find out online how big a population they are, but there doesn’t seem to be any concrete data. One source says over 20,000 while another says approximately 35,000. But there’s no question that, although the Shipibo people are having to live with one… Read more →

Peru: Block 1A

Block 1A in Pucallpa, Peru. It’s located across the street from where the city began. Back in the day, there were only a bunch of Indian huts, but as the road (singular!!) was built back in the 1940s, the city grew and grew to its current population of over 500,000. In those early days, the Indians (the natives from villages… Read more →

Peru: Bad Abuelo!

If you Google “Casa Shea Pucallpa”, you’ll find a whole bunch of photos and blog posts that span several years. There are also several accounts of people being chased or attacked by a rather unfriendly parrot. Abuelo. (Or Abuela. Over the years, no one’s been brave enough to flip the bird over onto its back and check its hoo-hah for… Read more →

Peru: A land of onomatopoeias

Onomatopoeia: The formation of a word from the sound associated with the object. For example: sizzle, cuckoo, splat, oink, peki-peki. Umm… peki-what?? The city of Pucallpa, Peru sits on the banks of the Ucayali River, serving as a major port. The Ucayali drains a lot of water from the Andes and then meanders northward, becoming one of the major tributaries… Read more →

Peru: ¡Bienvenido!

  I woke early after just a few hours of overly-exhausted sleep. Fifteen of us had flown into Lima, Peru the previous evening and had been picked up by our born-in-Peru-but-very-American host, Tom. We all bundled into a van and drove a short, chaotic distance to the SAM (South American Mission) House – a tardis-esque type home that’s squeezed between… Read more →

Why you might wanna be like Job

The other day, as Sue and I were chatting about our day, she shared a takeaway from her women’s Bible study… yes, I said women’s Bible study. Who’d have ever thunk?!! 😉 Anyway, back to my point. She said they were talking about Job and God’s sovereignty; how God was the one who brought Job to Satan’s attention. God did… Read more →