Wrapping Up the Summer

The Castillo Fuerte (Mighty Fortress) Mercy House + Church in La Victoria this past weekend had more than its fair share of events, just as the summer is starting to come to close here in Peru. On Friday, Castillo Fuerte celebrated its “Clausura” (“Closing”) of the summer programming:

Some of the kids at the Clausura in Castillo Fuerte, talking about what they learned in their classes during the summer.
Watching one of the kids present during the Clausura at Castillo Fuerte.

Castillo Fuerte will be starting back up again in just a couple of weeks (since the school year here starts around March 13).

We also celebrated an adult confirmation at the church in La Victoria this past Saturday:

Pastor Josh Gale leading the confirmation ceremony during the normal Saturday night church service at the church in La Victoria.
Reading along while listening to the Bible being read during the Saturday night service at the church in La Victoria.

AND FINALLY, this past Sunday, one of my fellow missionaries, Deaconess Caitlin Worden, hosted another women’s retreat. With the help of some visiting deaconess students and professors from the LCMS seminary in St. Louis, Caitlin united women who are connected to our four different congregations (in Los Olivos, San Juan de Lurigancho, San Borja, and La Victoria) to hear God’s Word…and do womensy retreaty stuff. Beyond studying God’s Word, I’m not exactly sure what they did, since (not being a woman, so I couldn’t actually be a part of the retreat) I got put in charge of taking care of the kids of any of the mothers who were at the retreat:

Deaconess Caitlin Worden, leading the women’s retreat
The kids of the moms at the women’s retreat…having some fun in the park.
…And also having fun with some inside games.

After all of that…I was just a bit tired on Monday.


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