Jeyachandran Family

Sleeping on the street in Lima

26 Jan 2017

Sometimes you need to go to extraordinary lengths to get something you want. I know friends who have camped overnight to get tickets to their favourite band, but I never expected to have to sleep on the street to get my residency visa.

When moving to Peru we need to do lots of paperwork to get our residence in the country including checks at the Interpol office. We get ourselves fingerprinted and provide a bunch of personal information so that the Peruvian government can give us permission to live here after confirming that we don’t have a criminal record anywhere else. Normally this is a simple process that takes a few hours. However, today was no ordinary day.

Damaris, a lady from our mission, who helps us with the paperwork, arrived at 6:30am to what was already a massive line of people waiting. This was 2 hours before the Interpol opening hours and there were more people than could possibly be processed in a single day. Damaris called us and we got there as soon as we could with just our son Samuel. Damaris was able to get Christine on the preferential queue which is reserved for people with young kids, disabilities or older people. No amount of pleading would get me to be processed along with Christine. It was obvious with the huge lines at 7:30am that there was no way I would get processed today.

It wasn’t hard to work out why there were so many people because basically everyone waiting was from Venezuela. Thousands are leaving Venezuela, a country in crisis, where it’s now impossible to buy the basics like food, medicine and toilet paper. Peru is allowing Venezuelans to stay and unfortunately the systems are not setup to handle such volumes of foreigners entering the country at once. To the credit of the Interpol office, they had increased the number of people they were processing from 60 per day to 100 and some staff were working 12-hour days to cope with the influx.

I was told to come back at 4am the next morning and join the queue. Doing some simple maths it was clear that coming at 4am wouldn’t be enough - given the number of people who missed out today. So Damaris went to the Interpol office at 7pm and held a place for me. I arrived at 10pm with warm clothes, pillow, food and water for the night. Unfortunately the police wouldn’t let me into the Interpol office complex. A police officer told us that if we wanted to wait overnight we couldn’t come into the complex, we had to wait in the street. There were a lot of people already waiting on the street.

I sat down on my pillow for awhile and later curled up on the pavement sleeping as best as I could. I kept waking from dreams where I had missed the line in the morning. I was afraid to drink water as there were no toilets around. The only toilets in the Interpol office were broken. At about 6am there was movement in the queue. No one wanted to lose their place. At 7am some officials arrived and handed us paperwork to fill out.

I was 10th out of 100 people they saw so by 8:30am I had been fingerprinted, someone had checked my teeth and made some notes and we started the process to confirm that I had no criminal record. After the long wait, I asked twice to be sure it was all over and I could go home.

Praise God that our family's residency in Peru is progressing. Thank God for people like Damaris who can help us navigate the complex paperwork required in countries like Peru. Please pray for the people left in Venezuela in a terrible situation.

Less than 2 months to go...

10 Nov 2016

We are here in Australia for 6 months and we have less than two months to go. We have been encouraged to meet many new people and visit many different churches. It is amazing and humbling to meet prayer warriors we have never met before who are praying for us daily.

Christine with Meg

We have reached about 90% of our monthly support but need 100% by December 5th to get the all clear to head back on the 9th of January. Here's a link if you'd like to support us financially

Our final event will be our commissioning on Sunday 18th December at Concord Baptist. This will be our last chance to see people before leaving (assuming God's provision). If you would like a prayer card for your fridge please contact us.

Our kids having fun with friends Avi and Steph

Camping in middle of Sydney

04 Sep 2016

While we’re on home assignment it’s great to take the opportunity to do things we wouldn’t normally get to do in Peru. Last Saturday night Samuel and I went camping in the middle of Sydney - in Cockatoo Island in the Sydney Harbour. It was a good opportunity for some father-son bonding time.

I asked Samuel afterwards if he enjoyed the camping and he said “No!”. Aren’t kids just too honest sometimes! Samuel did add afterwards that he enjoyed the train ride to Circular Quay and the Ferry ride.

Here are a few pictures from our beautiful city...

Cockatoo Island

Thanks to our good friend Steve for lending us this tent which has been a part of many an adventure when we were younger.

680 students from Sydney Uni

22 Jul 2016
It was fantastic to be part of ANCON2016 - the Sydney Uni Evangelical Union’s Annual Conference. I had the opportunity to spend time with students from Economics, Business, Law and Vet. I shared with these students what God is doing in our University in Peru and encouraged these students to think about serving in places that are less resourced and less reached. 
 
The organisation and scale of the student movement was an inspiration. There were about 680 students at the week long event with many students in leadership. Let’s pray that we will one day have hundreds of university students in Arequipa praising God.
 
Singing  "O Praise the Name of the Lord our God”. I love that song.
 
I took the opportunity to chat with students and staff on how the students ministry work and what I could take back to Peru. How do just 27 staff look after the 700+ students who are part of the Christian group on campus? How are students discipled and trained for ministry and leadership? What systems are necessary to make all this possible?
 
Having fun learning about  Cross-Cultural communication
 
Our small group
 
Christine chatting with students

Visiting churches down under

18 Jul 2016
We are really enjoying visiting churches down under. We have found people so welcoming and excited to hear about our ministry. 
 
Some churches are more down under than others. We recently visited the Corowa Baptist Church all the way down on the border of Victoria and NSW, near Albury. 
 
David, Christine with David and Bec
 
Praise God for our safe journey and a great reception from David and Bec Biddle and all their family and spiritual family in the church.
 
 
Thank-you for your prayers and well wishes for us. 
 
 
 

Back in Australia

11 Jun 2016

Great to be back in Australia! We’re looking forward to catching up with family and friends.

 

Our family after the long flight

 

The twins in front of the Qantas jet that brought us home on a beautiful and sunny winter’s day

 

Big Launch for our Web Project - Uconecta

22 May 2016
We were really excited to launch Uconecta, our web project, at an event with 120 students and lecturers. Uconecta is an online platform for University students in Latin America to share notes, resources, files etc. We now have a pilot group with a hundred students from the main university where I work - Universidad Nacional de San Agustin (UNSA).
 
Our aim is to build a platform that will be really useful for students and also will provide a way for them to connect with our Christian group if they choose to. Read more here.
 
 
Morgan Powell, our SIM Director, opening the event in prayer. Great that we have the freedom to prayer even in official events.
 
The Rector of our University (Vice Chancellor in Australia) spoke about Innovation.
 
Christine did an amazing job organising the catering for the 120 people.
 
 

Arequipa English starts with a bang

23 Mar 2016
We started Arequipa English with a bang! Literally! An electrical transformer on the street burst into flames and our street lost electricity. Our evening  suddenly became a candlelight affair (plus phones with torches/ flashlights). Tonight was our “Welcome to Peru” night for two new missionaries, Anna and Laura, who will work here in Arequipa - Anna for a year and Laura for two. We enjoyed dancing, local customs and food and traditional music, all by students of Arequipa English. Some of these were a challenge in the dark, especially our cleanup, but we had a team that worked together, despite adversity. What a special night it was! I really wanted to make it special because I remember how special a welcome we had when we came to Peru.
 
Our English classes have now commenced with an hour of conversation and an hour of Bible study. We had planned to continue studying the book of Acts, but we’ve had an influx of new students. We realised that students can’t understand Acts without an understanding of the Gospel. We had one new student say “I have never read the Bible before” and it was clear he was not alone.  Praise God for the opportunity to share the gospel with these students.
 
Please thank God for Anna who will take over running Arequipa English when we leave with the help of Laura and Jason. Please pray that people will make decisions for Christ and especially for our “regulars" who often know the right answers, but many who haven’t yet committed their life to Jesus. Our aim is that students improve in their English and also that, through reading the Bible, they will clearly understand the Good news of Jesus.
 

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