Checkmate, Dad!

01 May 2017

Our home just went through a milestone event.  Paul beat me in a fair-and-square game with 15 minutes on the chess clock for each player!  Here's the final position and the moves for the chess geeks out there:

[Date "2017.05.01"]

[White “Paul”]

[Black “Allenl"]

[Result “1-0”]

1. e4 e6 2. Nc3 d5 3. exd5 exd5 4. d4 Nf6 5. Nf3 Be7 6. Bd3 O-O 7. O-O Re8 8. Re1 Bg4 9. Bf4 c6 10. Be2 Bd6 11. Bxd6 Qxd6 12. h3 Bh5 13. Ng5 Bxe2 14. Rxe2 Nbd7 15. Rxe8+ Rxe8 16. Qd2 h6 17. Nf3 Ne4 18. Nxe4 Rxe4 19. Re1 f5 20. Rxe4 dxe4 21. Nh4 Qe6 22. Qf4 g5 23. Qxf5 Qe8 24. Ng6 Kg7 25. Ne5 Nxe5 26. dxe5 Qg6 27. Qd7+ Kf8 28. Qxb7 Qe8 29. Qb4+ Kg7 30. Qd6 Kh7 31. Qf6 Qd7 32. e6 Qd1+ 33. Kh2 Qd6+ 34. Kh1 Qd1+ 35. Kh2 Qd6+ 36. g3 g4 37. Qf7+ Kh8 38. e7 Qd7 39. e8=Q+ Qxe8 40. Qxe8+ Kh7 41. Qe6 gxh3 42. Kxh3 a5 43. Kg4 a4 44. Qf7+ Kh8 45. Kf5 a3 46. Kg6 axb2 47. Qg7#

Your Childhood is Different from mine

30 Apr 2017

Just yesterday, the kids and I were talking about how different our childhoods are.  I grew up on a farm in Nebraska.  Everyone spoke English and most people we knew were involved in agriculture.  They are growing up in Arequipa, Peru and speak English at home and German and Spanish at school raised by their widowed doctor father who sees patients in our living room on many days of the week.

As a poignant reminder of how different our childhoods are, while hanging laundry on the roof of our house this morning, I pointed to the northwest, "Look the Volcano Sabancaya is errupting!"  No worries, it is about 50 miles from our house and we aren't among the unfortunate living downwind from it.

The view from our rooftop this morning.

Now, that's a Bright Idea!

26 Apr 2017

Alejandro lives in a difficult situation.  Crippled, 84 years old and without work, he depends on his $80/month pension and the compassion of others to survive.  I visit him weekly to talk, bring him food and water (his room has no running water) and again to take him to church.  His room is cluttered and noticeably dark because of the dark walls and the lone light bulb (his landlord nephew won't allow him to have more than one bulb because of the cost of electricity!) Mary Beth went with me to visit him a couple of weeks ago and remarked, "You know what would make his room better?  A new paint job!"  "I was given the wrong color of paint a few months ago when I was painting my bedroom, so I've got some nice ivory-colored paint to use!" I noted.  So today we painted the back wall of his room, making it much brighter and him happy.  Sometimes it helps to have some new eyes look at a situation.

Have a Heart

18 Apr 2017

"Dad I need a pig heart!  It's for biology class.  We're going to dissect it."

"Sorry, I'm fresh out!"  But that's not a problem in Peru!  I went to the market and asked for pig hearts.  For about $1.50 a pound one can buy pig hearts in bulk.  This lady was a bit disappointed that I only wanted one.

I hope you had a good Easter!  I was the special speaker at a men's retreat on Saturday out at our camp and then Easter morning Mary Beth and I went out for a run/bike ride during the sunrise and the kids slept in.  The church near camp (where Mary Beth attends) had a baptism service Easter morning and the pastor from my church officiated it!

Video of relief efforts

13 Apr 2017

The mayor of one of the districts in Lima is a Christian.  SIM Peru partnered with several local churches and the mayor to provide relief to people affected by the flooding in an area of Lima called Paramonga.  SIM helped with the purchase of blankets, diapers, cans of tuna repellent and medicines for these efforts.  You can see a video of relief efforts here.  Thanks for your donations and prayers!  Pray that people are introduced to our Savior Jesus during this difficult time!

Video of relief efforts

12 Apr 2017

The mayor of one of the districts in Lima is a Christian.  SIM Peru partnered with several local churches and the mayor to provide relief to people affected by the flooding in an area of Lima called Paramonga.  SIM helped with the purchase of blankets, cans of tuna, diapers and insect repellent for these efforts.  You can see a video of relief efforts here.  Thanks for your donations and prayers!  Pray that people are introduced to our Savior Jesus during this difficult time!  I accidentally posted this on my blog instead of the flooding blog which you can see here.

Water Filters for Pacura

07 Apr 2017

Yesterday, Jason and Ethan Brink returned to each of the locations in Pacura where the displaced people are living in tents or sleeping on the ground or on cots.  Temperatures were nearly 90˚F with high humidity.  The heat in the buildings where up to 30 families were living was stifling.  Fortunately, each location has running water, however we know the quality of the water is inconsistent.  Jason placed filters in each location that they are providing relief and taught the leaders how to use them and keep them clean.  The filters will provide more than enough pure drinking water for all of the families.

"Huaico! Huaico! Huaico!"

06 Apr 2017

"Huaico!" is the word they use in Peru to describe a wall of mud coming down a hillside.  On March 17th, it was a word repeatedly screamed by people trying to alert others to wake up and escape with their lives before a wall of mud engulfed their homes.  This is the story that SIM missionary Martin Wieland heard people in the district of Lurigancho tell him when he asked them to describe what they had experienced.  Martin has partnered with the organization Paz y Esperanza (Peace and Hope) to help provide relief to those who have lost everything they owned.  They had to escape carrying their children and anything they could carry not even knowing to where they should run.  Chaos ensued as family members searched for their children, husbands and wives.  At times an entire day passed before they could be reunited with other family members and know they were safe.

"What will you do now?" 

"We don't want to just lie on the ground.  We have to get up again.  Thanks to the help we have received we have the strength and hope to start again.  God will give me the strength and help I need.  We have to continue forward for our children.  We have to encourage others who have gone through this tragedy with us.  We have to stay united to continue forward."

Thanks to your help, SIM Peru has been able to provide God's love in a tangible way.

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