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Mariann heads to Peru with Teen Mania's Global Expeditions

Follow her travels as she Minister's around Lima and then goes to Villages to spread God's Word. (Her Schedule)

"Giving the opportunity to travel the world and bring the Truth of Jesus Christ to the countless thousands who are in desperate need of His love."

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Jul 14 2006 03:03PM
We arrived in Peru this morning at about 5:30. We got in a little late due to our first flight being delayed.
Today everyone is calling home. After everyone has called home, we will have lunch and then we will begin drama practice right after.
Tomorrow we will have another hour or two of practice and then we will head out for our first day of ministry.
Everyone is excited to hit the streets of Peru with the Gospel.}

~ From Peru Team Leaders

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Wednesday, July 19- Saturday, July 22 Embark on a village trip outside of Lima. Teams will travel to separate villages by bus, and stay four nights. Do VBS and Bible Studies in the mornings, and visit some drama sites in the afternoon.

~ From Peru Team Leaders

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Jul 20 2006 04:07PM
Our teams are hard at work in the villages of Peru. On Saturday we will all come together in Lima to regroup and continue our ministry time. Thanks to all for the encouraging messages and check back for photos from our trips to the villages.

~ From Peru Team Leaders
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Mariann called tonight. 7/20/06

She is in a village - it is 30 degrees there at night and they are freezing (they were told the weather would be 60's night and day). She has a sweatshirt, but doesn't have it with her.
She is not doing the drama "Ragman", but are doing "Freedom"  - she is a demon.
She said at the schools they are being mobbed and have to really yank each other out of there as they are being held back by students. I don't  know if this was a positive thing or negative. She said it gets a little nerve-wracking. But so far everything is going pretty good and it is "interesting".
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July 21 2006 10:46PM
We have been staying in a city called Chincha. The believers at the church were we have been staying have been so hospitable to us. They have given us so much even though they have very little. Like building sleeping areas for us and making special food, Last night as we sat in the sanctuary with dirt floors I saw these people praise and thank God for all he has done for them. I was reminded of how we as Christians, in America are often selfish and not satisfied. I have learned from these people - they have so little and are still doing so much for God. It has been such a blessing to encourage and be encouraged by our brothers and sisters here in Peru.

~ From Peru Team Leaders

* Chincha is a small town is located 200 kilometers south of Lima on the Panamerican Highway. Like so many other towns on the barren Peruvian Coast, Chincha is located in a rich valley producing fruit and vegetables. It is noted for being the birth spot of a very prominent Negro culture and folklore, brought from Africa by slaves who years ago worked on the "haciendas". One of these (San Jose) is now a converted vacation resort.

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Mariann called 7/25/06 4:30 pm

She is very busy and experiencing new things. She was told to take her necklace off at one place, not only because it was distracting when doing the drama, but that Peruvians might try to steal it while it's still on her neck. I guess they are in a dangerous place. Not allowed to talk on a pay phone outside - She had to go to an Internet Cafe, but they don't take credit cards, though luckily she had about five soules. No ATM nearby. She likes every one on her team, and plays a demon in one drama, usually a chicken in another, and played a role in the Heart Skit. Time is flying by for her.

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Wednesday, July 26 Fly to Cuzco, and familiarize yourself with the city before embarking on drama ministry in the afternoon.

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Jul 28 2006 02:38PM
Today is July 28th - Peru's Freedom (Independence) Day.

All three teams flew to Cuzco where we will be spending the remainder of the trip. The teams are currently out on ministry to share with the people that they can also be spiritual free in Christ.

In a couple of days, we will be heading to MP. They are all excited.

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Jul 31 2006 05:43PM

On Thursday we went to an elementary school and did our drama for the kids. Afterwards, they swarmed around us and all I could do was ask them their names, but it was so much fun! Eventually, a game of volleyball started with about 40 kids per team. I don't know how the ball ever reached the ground. Playing with those kids was such a blessing!
When we left, they lined the walkway out and we walked through in a line between them hugging them and saying goodbye. As we went down the line I found one little girl named Anita that played volleyball with me and I gave her a huge hug! I will never see her again but I'm so glad I met her once. Rosie
 

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Jul 31 2006 06:09PM
From the PD's

On Sunday we visited Machu Pichu one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Everyone had a great time. As one of the missionaries put it ¨Today we saw the best that man could do... it was cool ¨...but it still paled in comparison the beauty of the mountains and that's not even God's greatest work.

We have one and a half days of ministry left here in Cuzco. We will begin our journey homeward on Wednesday.

Ed & Korina
Project Directors

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Jul 31 2006 05:53PM

TEAM: FIRST LOVE
MARIANN L

I'VE ALWAYS HAD TROUBLE PRAYING ALOUD. EVEN IF THERE WAS JUST MY MAG LISTENING. SO ONE DAY, MY MA ASSIGNED ME AS A POINTER MEANING I ALSO HAD TO PRAY ALOUD. AFTER WALKING UP TO THIS WOMAN.
, I BEGAN TALKING TO HER. AND THEN SHE ASKED IF I COULD PRAY FOR HER HUSBAND. I GOT HALF-WAY THROUGH BEFORE I GOT THIS BLOCK AND SOMEONE HAD TO STEP IN FOR ME. THAT NIGHT, IT OCCURRED TO ME THAT MAYBE IT HAD HAPPENED BECAUSE I HADN'T DUG DEEP WITH GOD DURING MY QUIET TIME. SO THE NEXT MORNING, I PUSHED AS HARD AS I COULD TO BE NEAR GOD AND THAT DAY, I LED A WOMAN TO CHRIST!
 

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Jul 31 2006 05:46PM

TEAM: FIRST LOVE
CHRISTY C. (TEAM LEADER)

IT HAS BEEN SUCH A JOY TO SEE THE TEENAGERS ON MY TEAM STEP OUT IN FAITH AND SHARE JESUS WITH THE PERUVIANS. EVERYONE ON OUR TEAM HAS LEAD SOMEONE TO CHRIST; MANY OF THEM FOR THE FIRST TIME!!!!!! HOW EXCITING!!!! GOD IS SO GOOD!

Jul 31 2006 05:48PM

TEAM: FIRST LOVE
JOEL W. (TEAM LEADER)

THE LORD HAS BEEN MOVING SO MUCH HERE IN PERU THIS SUMMER! WE'VE SEEN AMAZING MIRACLES OF PHYSICAL HEALINGS AND MANY HUNDREDS OF HEALINGS OF THE HEART. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT HAS BLESSED ME SO MUCH IS THE CHURCHES WE'VE BEEN WORKING WITH. THEY'VE BLESSED US SO MUCH WITH FOOD, ACCOMMODATIONS AND TRANSLATORS. BUT THE BIGGEST IMPACT HAS BEEN THEIR HEART TO SEE THE PEOPLE OF PERU REACHED. THEY DON'T STAND BY IDLY, BUT RATHER JUMP IN AT EVERY MINISTRY OPPORTUNITY! I HOPE THIS SETS AN EXAMPLE FOR ALL CHURCHES IN THE WORLD TO SEE THEIR OWN COMMUNITIES REACHED.