Español. Lima, Peru turns 483 years old today. To celebrate, I’ve translated a blog post I wrote just days before saying good-bye to the unforgettable city after serving as an LCMS missionary there for five years. It’s a list of the eight most unforgettable things about the Ciudad de Reyes (“City of the Kings”).
- The Weather
Jamie, Katie and I at the Huaca del Sol y la Luna (The Temple of the Sun and the Moon) in 2011.
Facebook recently reminded me of a fun trip Jamie and I took five years ago to Peru’s Northern Coast. While there, we had the opportunity to visit the ruins of two pre-Columbian civilizations, the Mochica (100-800 AD) and Chimu (900-1470 AD). Recent huaca (sacred temple) discoveries have revealed that both were theocratic civilizations led by a class of priests that represented the people before their pantheon of gods, the most prominent of which were the sun and the moon. Continue reading
“Cuy” is Peruvian Spanish for Guinea pig, a delicacy in the Andean region of South America.
Español | I’ll never forget my very first meal in the village of Lúcumo. Continue reading
After Bible Study in Lunahuana, Peru.
Español | This past Sunday I had the privilege of teaching about Lutheran missions at our fieldwork church for the quarter, Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church in Freeburg, Illinois. I was especially excited for the opportunity because I had recently stumbled upon a quote from Martin Luther which I think sums up perfectly the key to success on the mission field. Continue reading
Lutheran missionaries bear witness to the Gospel of Jesus and are merciful in His name all across the globe. From Macau to Malawi, from the Philippines to Papua New Guinea, Lutheran missionaries in various contexts throughout the world are privileged with the task of gathering God’s people around His Word and Sacraments to receive His wonderful gifts of forgiveness, life, and salvation. I was privileged to do so in the South American country of Peru.
Can you guess who the “raw, uncooked” one is? Photo: Rosa Gonzales Facebook.
Whether it’s based on your physical appearance, where you’re from, what you do, or how you smell, it won’t take long before your Peruvian friends slap a nickname on you. Here are just a few of the more creative ones I was assigned while I lived there.
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There is any number of New Year’s Eve traditions and customs all across the globe. Some are more interesting to the outside observer than others.
In Peru, many people wear yellow undergarments in order to attract prosperity and success in the coming year. Make sure to have your undies on backwards first and then put them on the right way at the strike of midnight, otherwise it won’t work. Continue reading
Mi Burrito Sabanero
(My Little Donkey from the Savannah) is a children’s Christmas song originally from Venezuela, but popular all over Latin America. I became (a little too) familiar with this catchy little jingle during my time in Peru, as it’s a staple at most chocolotadas
(a Peruvian Christmas celebration for children). Continue reading
The following has been translated and adapted from an article originally written in Spanish. Click here to read the original. Haga click aquí para leer en Español.
While Peruvian cuisine is slowly making a name for itself around the world, it can still be difficult to find a Peruvian restaurant in the US. You can imagine how excited I was when my wife and I bumped into Uchucuta Peruvian Cuisine, a Peruvian Chef from Cusco and his North American wife that are just beginning their catering business here in St. Louis. Continue reading
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We’re having our very first snow of the season today in St. Louis!
While I’m busy scrambling to find a winter coat and taking pictures of the weird white stuff outside my front window, our friends in Peru are no doubt making plans for their first trip to the beach. Continue reading