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A change of life in 2009

Posted by frianm on Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Some of you are aware of our impending retirement at the end of this year and then a move to Vermont where we have been preparing our old home for residence.  I even took delivery of a nice diesel tractor last week (24 horse John Deere for mowing and snow blowing w/ 4 wheel drive)  I really feel like the king of the castle.  Meanwhile God has other plans and it seems the road to Vermont will be with a detour for a few years in Lima, Peru.

I was on a sabbatical leave in both Peru and Belize for the 2 months after Easter.  I love both countries and have friends working in both.  My wife and I each sensed a clear call to devote these next few years to working among the Anglican clergy in Peru. They are a great bunch of folk, dedicated, zealous and passionate..  They work mostly with the poorest of the poor in the shantytown communities that grow up in the hills and valleys surrounding Lima.

We will have to raise our support in the traditional missionary way by asking for donations.  We will be overseen by a missionary society.  We will have to learn Spanish (Peruvian version) first and we hope to do intensive language school in March-may of 09.  Work would then begin in the fall of 09.

I am excited to introduce the folk there to the banjo.  The classical guitar is normative and I will take a couple of steel strung ones.  I can't wait to get the banjo out though.  What fun!

I am starting a blog re our mission ministry. If you are interested please check it out.

This week I am putting together an old Stew Mac which had a broken truss rod.  It will all go back together tomorrow evening.  I may send that directly to my friends in Lima rather than my Stelling.  Maybe I will send off a better one - who knows?

Blessings to all - Ian

2 comments on “A change of life in 2009”

Joanchek Says:
Wednesday, June 18, 2008 @5:28:40 PM

Best of luck in your mission, Ian.  Sounds like a great adventure and a wonderful experience to come.  Best wishes to you and your wife!

frianm Says:
Wednesday, June 18, 2008 @8:00:03 PM

Thanks and blessings - Ian

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