While Anne and Andrea were off in Huanaco this past weekend, I spent the time here in Lima. I accompanied Maritza (twenty-six years old, in temporary profession) to one of her classes and to her ministry. It was a liturature class, for which there was a reading, of which Maritza gave me a copy, and which I did read. It was suggested that for the other book I am reading in Spanish (el Leon, la Bruja, y el Ropero--The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe) that I not read word for word and translate, but that I just read the passage and let the story come out of it. Amazingly, I did get a lot of it. Anger, sadness, emotions, and the general plotline were fairly obvious. When we got to class, the professor and the students all spoke way too quickly for me to understand much of anything, but it was fun nonetheless.
Saturday afternoon Maritza and I went off to ministry. We met first at Hna. Clara´s house, a Sister of St. Joseph from Argentina who has been here in Peru for many years after needing to flee Argentina for political reasons (if I understood Maritza correctly). We went with Hna. Clara to a new invasion in a different part of Lima. Lima is a huge city that continues to get larger. Peruvians are constantly moving to the city. People who speak don´t speak Spanish, but Quechua or Aymara, but come hoping for work or education. They end up moving into the hills where there are not yet roads nor water. The polution here is growing exponentially. Maritza and I helped to carry a computer to one of these new invasions. This little pueblo is just now getting computer access and Señor Carlos has six or seven computers set up in his home to help teach adults and children alike computer skills as well as reading and writing. Maritza is planning to help while she is out of school in Aug. After delivering the computer we went to a small classroom set up for children where, once a week, Maritza teaches some Spanish writing and computer skills, dialogues about social and family issues, and incorporates prayer with adults for an hour. Some of the conversation and writing was right on my level, so it was great. Maritza is really amazing. To see the ease with which she works with the people, the respect that they have for her, and her comfort level in every situation in which I have seen her is phenomenal. A person I am very glad to call my sister and my peer.
Tomorrow, off to Tacna. I hear we will have computer access there, but one never knows. More later. Hasta luego.