Thanksgiving in Iquitos

On Monday night we celebrated Thanksgiving down here in Iquitos. Monday's are the only days that our entire group is together, so we "postponed" our holiday a little bit. Last year we had actually celebrated EARLY before we left the city of Arequipa and met our partners.

So this was the first year that we celebrated as an entire "family" with our Peruvian partners. It was really special to get to share this holiday with the Peruvians. They loved it as well! Our cluster support family worked really hard to make the day very special for all of us. We had all the classic Thanksgiving fixings... turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potato souffle, rolls, green beans, rice (for our peruvians), and lots of pies! The food was absolutely delicious. I stuffed myself I think more than I EVER have.

We all sat together at one long table. We had also invited the District Super Intendent and his family, who live on the same compound as us. So all together we were 16 adults and 5 kids. We sang songs together, gave thanks for the things God has done in our lives over this past year, told stories, and in general just had a great time of fellowship.

Our group has truly become a family. I'm sometimes amazed at how close God has brought us, even with all of our many background and cultural and even language differences. It was truly a great Thanksgiving!