Cristina’s Mission Vacation

I’ve spent the last couple of days catching up with my precious assistant Cristina. She finished two of her four weeks of vacation. Not so bad to get four weeks after your first year of work. That’s the way it is in Peru. In the United States at the most you will get two weeks after one year. Most of the time it’s just one week. I didn’t reach four weeks of vacation in the almost twenty years I worked for the same company!

Cristina has a childhood friend who married an American missionary, and they now work in the jungle, some 25 miles from the city of Iquitos. I’m not sure she was aware of the amount of work she would be doing on her vacation. Her friend decided to do a Vacation Bible School while Cristina was there. Cristina did such a good job I want to write about it. It was perfect timing for her to go to the jungle.

Cristinas vacation

It wasn’t all work. They got a little break and visited a park that had some exotic animals, like a drugged snake. How else would it be so calm as to let visitors pet it!

Cristina visited the Nathan Bauer family. Here they are on their motorbike.

Bauer family

The family lives in a house that Nathan himself built. There is no electricity where they live but they have a generator that they operate in the evenings. Cristina’s friend Shirley is an only child. Her mother, missing her daughter and grandchild, has moved to be close to her, so she lives in the city (Iquitos). She has a refrigerator so they can keep perishables with her and take some home every time they go to town. It’s hot in the jungle, so food can go bad quickly.

To go to town they can ride the bus 1,5 hours or go with the bike, which takes one hour. They all ride together, and when Cristina was there all four of them rode on the bike. For the Vacation Bible School they made several trips to get supplies. Everything for the craft activities had to be done from scratch and was drawn by hand and cut out for the children, some fifty to be exact.

Let’s follow along and see what they did. Jonah and the big fish was the theme for the four-day Vacation Bible School.

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Jonah means Dove, so Shirley wanted the kids to make a dove. Cristina drew a pattern and then they cut out doves for everyone. I think Shirley was somewhat confused with the dove from Noah’s ark because she wanted it to have a leaf in its beak, with a message. Cristina went along with her friend and helped her, even if she didn’t agree that doing a dove was the best choice.

EBV San Lucas Iquitos 04Here are the children showing off their doves. The “girl” in green came to visit from Alaska. She also helped. There was a lot of cutting to be done. In the center below you can see strips with Bible verses. Those were all cut out by Cristina, one for each child for each of the four days. Look at the boy and his dove. There is the Bible verse!

At the bottom right Cristina is picking leaves for the dove. It had to be leaves that could hold the message and stay fresh. At the bottom left Cristina and Shirley are sorting the children’s activities. They would get prizes for their work.

EBV San Lucas Iquitos 07Another activity was to make the boat! Once again Cristina drew all the pictures. And then the children put them together and colored them. I’m so glad they could have these activities because they are poor children and have no entertainment other than the games they come up with.

Before I forget, let me tell you about church and Bibles. Since it’s very humid and the houses don’t have much protection, especially when it rains, Bibles don’t last. The church is built with cement and is somewhat safer. They have a stack of Bibles there so people come early and read the Word. How privileged we are those of us that can have God’s Word at our fingertips (literally, if you have the Bible on your phone!).

EBV San Lucas Iquitos 05These boys are happy to show off their boats!

After the boat, there was the fish! They needed blue plates for that craft. Where I live we can go to the store and buy blue disposable plates. Not there! So Cristina spray-painted the white plates!

SprayEBV San Lucas Iquitos 02On the backside of the plates they put Jonah praying!

Another activity was to do hearts. Those were also prepared in advance. As you see, Cristina, Shirley and Alisha (from Alaska) worked hard. It paid off in happy children who learned the Word of God.

EBV San Lucas Iquitos 03When you opened the heart, there was the verse!

EBV San Lucas Iquitos 01EBV San Lucas Iquitos 06Not only did they make crafts for the children, but also cards to give them together with a treat at the closing of the Vacation Bible School.

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These three children especially touched Cristina’s heart. They have lost their mother and their father has a hard time making ends meet and taking care of the children.

As you can see this was a very “productive” vacation.

Iquitos km 43 02Cristina made a funny balloon for her friend’s daughter.

Iquitos km 43 01A parrot, a cat with a frog, a fish, a girl and a snake,
and a very poisonous worm in the center.

Cristina and friend

I hope you enjoyed reading about Cristina and her vacation experience. What a blessing for us to have these new ideas to prepare lessons about Jonah. And what a blessing that Cristina could visit her friend. Guess when she bought her airplane ticket? On Cyber Monday! The sales are not only in the States… That is the thing about the internet. It surely is a world-wide web!

I publish my teaching materials on-line hoping they will reach far and wide. But if there is no electricity, there can be no computer communication. As I mentioned, the Bauer’s have a generator for electricity in the evenings but it doesn’t give enough power to download from the internet. We might be on a world-wide web, but there has to be power to connect. This is a whole now subject. I better leave it for another day.

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The houses brought back memories from when I was a kid and went to school in the jungles of Peru, namely in Tournavista. But that’s also another subject.

Would you want to take one of these exotic mission vacations?

Now Cristina is working on ideas for Easter celebration. Pray for her. Pray for me. I’m off on a mini-vacation! My grandchildren have Spring Break and I want to spend a few days with them.

It will be a treat. I haven’t seen them since Christmas!

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About kelund

My name is Kerstin Anderas-Lundquist. I was born in Sweden to Per & Brita Anderas, on March 6, 1946. In 1948 we left to begin a missionary life in Chile; in 1956 we moved on to Peru. On May 1, 1969 I married an all-Swedish guy from Karslkrona: Bengt Göran Emanuel Lundquist. God blessed us with two daughters: Eva-Marie Elizabeth and Ruth Carina. We served as missionaries in Peru and Bolivia. In 1988 we moved to the United States to work at Life Publishers in Miami, Florida. I was to assist in developing the line of Sunday School Curriculm in Spanish known as Vida Nueva. I live in Springfield, Missouri, and am retired from work at the Assemblies of God Headquarters. My husband and daughter Eva-Marie have been promoted to Heaven. Carina is married to Thom Cole and they have given me four gourgeous grandchildren, even five (teen-age John). I will be writing about my life, past and present, blended with visions for the future. My deepest desire is to spread the “seed of love”–inspiration to serve God and our neighbors with love and compassion.
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2 Responses to Cristina’s Mission Vacation

  1. I would like to use the Jonah and the big fish clip art.do I need to pay for it

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