Monday, 15 August 2011

Welcome Surprises

Last week, I noticed that a team from St Thomas' Brampton, Chesterfield were in Lima, working with Paul and Sarah Tester, CMS Mission workers. Neil was the Youth and Children's Worker at the church before we moved (back) to Enfield. After a quick exchange of emails, today we met up with Catherine and Michael Mann. It was a great opportunity to catch up with news from Chesterfield and fill them in on some of our adventures in Peru.

Funnily enough, last week I received an email out of the blue from an old friend from Chesterfield, Karen. She is very artistic and after reading a previous post on the blog, El Puente, was inspired to create this beautiful textile.

Here is her description:

The brown arch represents The Bridge church & the actual bridge (even though it doesn’t look anything like the more modern bridge in Cusco!)
The yellow- radiating light is God’s love (hopefully radiating from the church).
The leaves represent both the leaves that the girl was laying out on the bridge to sell but also the individual different people that the church is ministering to.
The 3 red/ orange leaf shapes represent the Trinity/ power of the Spirit & the 3 coins both the Trinity but also echo the poverty of the people & the fact that the little girl was selling the leaves.

It was very moving to read this. We often post things on the blog and aren't sure if it is interesting or useful to people, so it was so encouraging to discover that our reflections could inspire such beauty. Thanks Karen.

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