Thursday, November 21, 2019
This, my friends, will be the last entry for The Wandering Friar blog. No, I am not finished writing. You may have notices that entries have been infrequent and scattered. I have decided to start a new blog in order to give me a new focus. You will hear from me shortly
Still Wandering and preaching the Word.
Thursday, August 15, 2019
|Dancers in costumes of recycled materials|
I arrived home from Peru, tired but full of joy and gratitude. I was intending to begin with a description of various aspects of the Unbound program in Peru and I will be doing that in my next entry. However, as I brought this experience to prayer and reflection another aspect of this trip, a very important one, emerged for me. You see, I encountered the Lord there. He danced with me.
One of my favorite hymns come from a 19th century Shaker community, the Lord of the Dance. Each line of the hymn basically says that Jesus danced with us at each stage of His life. The chorus, however, goes beyond that. It says:
Dance then, wherever you me be. I am the Lord of the dance said He. I'll lead you all, wherever you may be. I am the Lord of the Dance, said He.
The trip to Peru as one of Unbound's awareness trips. It is not called a mission trip because the focus is on becoming aware of not only the work of Unbound, but also the realities of the countries we visit. While in Lima I became very much aware of the work of Unbound and why certain things were done. I also was struck by the poverty there as well as the contrast of the poorer neighborhoods with the wealthier ones.
Upon returning home I became more aware of the Lord's presence in all of that. Twice during the week we were treated to presentations of native folk dances. At the end of those presentations the dancers came and picked out one of us sponsors to dance with them. Yes, then, the Lord of the Dance
was drawing me in.
|Special needs young woman who chose me to dance with her|
So, as I think back on that week I am so grateful that the Lord of the dance called on me during that wonderful time.
|Member of our group called to dance|
|With Anthony and the special "Lion"|
Friday, August 9, 2019
On this final day of our journey we met with a gathering of sponsored elders and special needs people. It was truly a joyful time, one of being overwhelmed by their love and appreciation. After that it was off for a nice lunch and on to a hotel near the airport
|Special need group performing|
|Elders with typical fold dance|
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Today we again broke up into three groups to attend a meeting of Unbound mothers. They make decisions as to how the sponsorship money is doesn’t and also decide on other activities to earn more money for their families. We also did some sightseeing including the Lima Cathedral, one of the oldest churches in the Americas More details next week.
|Sponsors with mothers|
|Mothers getting down to business|
|Outside the Cathedral|
Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Monday, August 5, 2019
We had a great day today visiting a community and seeing some sponsored kids engaged in educational activities, doing crafts from recycled materials and gardening vegetables. It was a great time and the kids were wonderful. Again a few pictures, more whe I return home.
|Planting in the garden|
|Like I was back in kindergarten—loving it|