Month: May 2018

Sea Lion boat tour in Chimbote

Yesterday on May 30th, 2018, four of us as well as our missionary friend, Selena, embarked on a Sea Lion tour in Nuevo Chimbote. Our tour guide, Monica, was very kind and told us that we were her most recent American tour group since 2015.

The tour was held in a fisherman’s boat and the two men sailing the boat were named Freddy and Santos. Freddy told us that he has been a fisherman for 14 years and Santos has been for about 30 years now. Their lives revolve around fishing, they wake up for work and eat a big breakfast and go to fish at 6am. Their shifts do not end until 3pm and they only have time to have fruit for snacks in the small breaks they have.

The boat tour was a bit more rough than what was expected due to the waves, but nonetheless it was an adventure for all of us. We saw beautiful wildlife, like Sea Lions, that came to this part of beach on their own. That area where the Sea Lions lived was called “Los Loberas” and it was so fascinating to see Sea Lions living free in their own habitat.

Here are some additional photos taken on the boat tour:

On our way to and from the boat tour, we had noticed that the road that took us to the water was not paved and had trash on the edges of the road. Monica, our tour guide, informed us that the local government in Chimbote did not give funding to this part in Nuevo Chimbote. As she was explaining the circumstances, I expected her to get upset and curse whoever was in office, but she told us a very positive view on the trash and its purpose there. She told us two good things the trash is beneficial for: creating jobs for people to sort through and clean the trash as well as it creates habitation for animals in the area. Monica’s response was positive, we were enlightened that she chose to see the good in such a negative situation.

Photos and Article by: Sarah Duffy


Arrival in Chimbote, Peru

On May 29th, 2018, us Peru travelers left Lima on an 8 hour bus ride to Chimbote to begin their projects.

We will be working on three different missions in Chimbote, those projects include: Installing water filters in local schools while also educating the parents and children of the school about the filtering process, painting a specially designed mural in a local elementary school and several business projects for strengthening the the bonds between WGC and Peru’s Pushaq Warmi business organization. We are looking forward to the work we will do and the memories we will make with the people we meet here in Peru!

Here are some additional photos taken by Sarah Duffy, a fellow Peru traveler, on the bus ride from Lima to Chimbote:

Lord of the Miracles—we give thanks for our lives

20190526_083253Like people in Lima in the 18th century, we give thanks for our lives. I am thanking “Our Lord of the Miracles” and I bought each of our travelers a little picture of Our Lord. I went to the nearby church a little while ago to pray and get the pictures.

A little before 3 am this Sunday morning, I felt the room shaking.  There is a very loud disco next door to our hotel and I first thought I was “feeling the loud music,” but the room was definitely shaking.  Now I was a “Berkeley girl” for six years while I got my doctorate in Berkeley, California, and I have gone through lots of earthquakes.  This was not BIG shaking, but it was long, shaking again and again.  Angela, the kind woman who owns the hotel and the people working with her were in the hall calling for all of us to go out into the street, away from the building.  Needless to say, I was praying for every precious member of our group.  I was praying for all the people.

We stood on the side walk for quite awhile.  Many people were standing outside up and down this main street, a block parallel to the Pacific ocean.  Finally we went back in and all has been fine.  No more shaking. No building damage.

What are the real miracles?  Our hearts are being changed here from “hearts of stone to hearts of flesh.”  As we see our brothers and our sisters who have so little to live on, we are realizing how very much we have.  As we see how our sisters and our brothers here love each other so much and help each other so much, we are learning deeper kinds of love and care.  approaching 20190519_115015

It is almost time to go to Cambio Puente where we gave the sustainability workshop and work in solidarity with the people who want to improve their neighborhood.  We are learning from each other all the time.  THAT IS THE MIRACLE.  Does it take an earthquake for me to recognize that?girls 20190521_142959 (1)

By Sister Martha Ann Kirk

For quick (but not scholarly) information, see Wikipedia

The Lord of Miracles (in SpanishSeñor de los Milagros), also known as “Christ of Miracles”, is an image painted of Jesus Christ that is venerated in LimaPeru. The image was painted during the 17th century by an unnamed African taken from what is now Angola to Peru as a slave. Its feast is the main Catholic celebration in Peru and one of the largest processions in the world.

Christ is shown enduring the pain of crucifixion. Above the cross is the Holy Spirit and God the Father. Below and to the right of Jesus is his mother, the Virgin Mary with her heart pierced by a metaphorical sword of sorrow. Kneeling and weeping at the foot of the cross is St. Mary Magdalene.

Its name originated in the 18th century during an earthquake, which destroyed most of the city leaving only that mural standing. This is considered a miraculous occurrence by many living there.

Every year in October, hundreds of thousands of devotees from all races and economic backgrounds participate in a religious procession honouring the image through the streets of Lima. Boulevards are decorated in purple on October 18, 19, and 28 to celebrate the Lord of Miracles.