Thursday, May 6, 2010
I'm here in good ol' Peru once again! This time, I'm doing some work with a nonprofit group out in the jungle in the Amazon. The place is called yantaló, which is about 15-20 min from any major city and has no phone or internet. I'm going to be working with a doctor at the local clinic and doing some research and public education with a few universities that are coming down. I'm stoked on it!
So far, I've made some good friends. Jenny and Starla are my buddies from the Y that I'm traveling with and I met some young filmmakers from Denmark while I was in the airport. A guy named Dr. Luis Vasquez runs the organization and he introduced us to some young medical students who will be joining us in the journey later on after they get done with finals and whatnot. I have also been praying to have missionary opportunities and have already been able to answer many questions about the church and give away a Book of Mormon! Hooray!
As I type I am sitting in our hotel on the beach in a place called Huanchaco. We are still a 13 hour bus ride from our final destination, so we'll head out in time to be there in the morning on Mother's day.
So far the goal is to take at least 1 photo a day and update this thing about once a week. If you have any questions or want me to post something up here, let me know. we're in for an awesome journey!
I'd like to close with a quote from Robert Chambers' book, Whose Reality Counts:
"Power deceives and exceptional power deceives exceptionally"
Our reality is defined by those in power. Here in Peru, reality for the lower class is defined by the upper classes. The upper class determines the standard of living, what is acceptable, what is "cool" and too many other things. This happens everywhere. It reminds me a lot of D&C 121, and we need to be careful, especially as Americans, that we don't abuse the power that we have.
In addition to D&C 121, I like to think of Moroni 7. Because after everything else passes away, when we, the wealthy, have no more material possessions, Charity never faileth.
So that's one of my goals this trip. To make it less about things and more about people; loving, helping and serving them.
Here's some surfer dudes with me and Starla at the beach in Miraflores (Lima).