Wow, what a challenge! Not many people speak English, so we are on the fast track of learning Spanish. It took two days to get to Trujillo. Then we slept in the Lima airport until our bus at 8:00 a.m. Then it was an 8 hour bus ride to Trujillo from Lima. Sleeping in the airport wasn't too bad, we kicked back in the chairs, but really didn't get much sleep. We met a junior in high school named Sabastian, who has dual citizenship in USA and Peru. He helped us become familiar with the culture and what to expect. Aside from Sabastian, no one spoke English on our trip, which made it a tough two days. I know we will be learning fast, since we will be hearing only spanish for three months! We are excited to learn the language.
The bus was exciting, aside from Kris being car sick the entire time. It was a double decker bus, we sat on top. Sabastian told us that Peruvians make the sign of the cross before they get on a bus because they are so dangerous. Ours was nice and safe, although, we did pass a burning double decker bus on the side of the road... Yikes!
Once we arrived at Hogar de Esperanza (Home of Hope) the children were all waiting inside the gate for us. When we got out of the car they started to sing a bienvenidos (welcome) song in spanish. Then all the children ran up to us and gave us a hug and kiss on the cheek. The youngest is one year and the oldest is 11 years. They were all very excited to see us.
I, Kris, was very overwhelmed listening to everyone speak Spanish. It was very challenging, but I enjoy the challenge of learning the language and making a difference in peoples lives. Not being able to speak the language also challenges me to put God first and rely on Him, for it is in my weakness God gives me strength. I believe we will grow immensley on this trip both spiritually and as individuals. I am also very excited to share this adventure with my husband. God, thank you for this opportunity!