On July 6th, we woke up early and hopped on a plane to Cusco, Peru. This city was beautiful. It feels as if the people are actors in a movie, set in the early 1900’s.
We arrived in Cusco around noon and immediately went to the hotel.
We stayed in the Hostel Rojas. This was a beautiful hotel. We spent most of day 2 getting aclimated to the high altitude of Cusco. Cusco’s altitude is almost 11,000 feet above sea level. Remember that Denver, the mile high city, is only 5, 280 feet above sea level.
After getting acclimated all day, we went to our opening celebration service to worship and meet our teams for the week. Joey Williams was asked to get up and lead worship with no notice! Talk about being put on the spot. He did a great job of leading worship for our team all week.
After worshiping, we met our teams for the week. The host church had put a map of the city up and divided it into seven parts for our teams.
Heather and I were lucky enough to be paired with pastor Francisco Luna(in the blue sweater). This is a godly man that is currently overseeing 3 new churches and has been in the ministry for 50 years.
We also got to meet our translators, Laura and Caleb (Laura has the scarf and Caleb has a hood on). They were great translators this week. Also pictured in this photo is Ana Luna, who prepared the best meals for heather and I every day!
Joey and Brandon met their translators and began to strategize on how they would capture the city for Jesus!
We couldn’t help ourselves when we got back to the hotel- we had to go explore Cusco. Cusco is without a doubt the prettiest city I’ve ever seen. It is surrounded by mountains on every side. Each building is covered in hundreds of years of history.
After that, it was time to get some rest and prepare for our first official day on the mission field!