The project team was assigned to working on the Garman Missionary Training Center and doing various outreach activities around the city. Significant progress was made on the building with many people putting in 12 or more hours a day on a few occasions. Outreach activities were also very rewarding. Over 300 Peruvians made commitments to Christ that and will be followed up on by local Peruvian pastors. The team members (from the USA) were also affected as many reported that the project was very memorable and rewarding. See http://www.extremenazarene.org/ShortTermDetail.aspx?ID=2 and scroll down for more Project pictures.
During the project Mike served to make sure that everybody was comfortable in their rooms, well fed, transported, and kept safe. It is great to report that nobody froze to death nor starved. Also, nobody was lost in over 150 bus trips. Mike also served as emergency translator for the teen Sunday school class with acceptable results.
Sydney served to help maintain the finances and run the Extreme Store. The Extreme Store was open at the site where the project team members were staying. She had anywhere from a 2 to 10 times markup on cookies, chips, juice boxes, Cokes, etc. and was still able to sell items at less than USA prices. Sydney also ran the money exchange for the project team members where she exchanged over $10,000 USD.
We now turn our eyes to Puerto Maldonado. The next project team arrives at the end of September and is much smaller at around 15 people but we are very excited.