"For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being ROOTED and grounded in LOVE, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the LOVE of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen."

~Ephesians 3:14-21

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Special Day With River (Even With His Broken Arm) - Seeing The Inca Avalanche Trail Downhill Bike Race Near Curahuasi, Peru


The Inca Avalanche Trail Festival

*Riders from all over the world - from New Zealand to the UK, from Ecuador to Chile, from Canada and the US - descend on Ollantaytambo every year to ride the unbelievable trails, visit Inca ruins, party at Inca festivals and to race the Inca Avalanche. Riders like Chris Van Dine, Filip Polc, Brian Lopes, Cedric Gracia, Aaron Chase and many other legends of the sport have all came to Ollantaytambo to rip the Inca Avalanche Trail Fest. You don't have to be a legend of sport to rip this ride though, we have a riders as young as 9, We even have a Hard-Tail class !

Starting at nearly 16,000 feet of altitude on the backside of one of the 7 Wonders of the World - Machu Picchu, the Inca Avalanche is one of the highest races in the world.

Inca Avalanche is a mass start enduro style downhill mountain bike race. The race is not broken into different stages but rather one continuous run from the start to the finish line - about 5900 vertical feet of descending over approximately 25 minutes, depending on your level of shred ! 



Sean & River were planning on participating in their first downhill bike race in Peru. Unfortunately, just a week before, while practicing some jumps on his bike, River broke his arm. He was so sad, but so thankful for the opportunity to see his friends participate and ride in the race. Thanks, Dr. Jens Hassfeld, for telling us about this incredible annual downhill bike race near Curahuasi, Peru (in a village called Ollantaytambo) and for letting us be share in this exciting day with your family!















Heading Back From The Race...
We Noticed condor's nest on the side of the mountain - it was incredible! Can you imagine, sleeping on the side of this mountain in a transparent capsule. 

SKYLODGE IN PERU

*Have you ever wanted to sleep in a condor’s nest? Here is the next best thing! A transparent luxury capsule that hangs from the top of a mountain in the Sacred Valley of Peru.

The exclusive Skylodge Adventure Suites offers you the chance to sleep within a completely transparent hanging bedroom, that allows you to appreciate the impressive view of this magic and mystic valley.


*http://www.naturavive.com/index.php/en/




Capturing An Incredible View of Salcantay Covered With Snow

SALCANTAY MOUNTAIN 

*Sallqantay in Quechua is the highest peak of the Willkapampa mountain range, part of the Peruvian Andes. It is located in the Cusco Region, about 60 km (40 mi) west-northwest of the city of Cusco. It is the 38th highest peak in the Andes, and the twelfth highest in Peru. However, as a range highpoint in deeply incised terrain, it is the second most topographically prominent peak in the country, after HuascarĂ¡n.


*http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salcantay



For behold, he who forms the mountains and creates the wind, and declares to man what is his thought, who makes the morning darkness, and treads on the heights of the earth— 
the LORD, the God of hosts, is his name!
~Amos 4:13

First Baptist Church: Our First Baptismal Service In Curahuasi, Peru

Unity and Diversity in the Body

Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. ~1 Corinthians 12:12-14

Many Gathered Here At The Local Spring Fed Pool To Celebrate This Special Day With 10 New Brothers & Sisters In Christ








Celebrating The Lord's Supper 
With Our Friends & Family




"Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance." 
~Luke 15:7

For This Child We Prayed

Just weeks away from meeting our new baby boy - we are so filled with joy as we wait for the day of his arrival. Thank you, Simonybelen Giesbrecht, for capturing some photos last week to help us to always remember this special time. We were so blessed today to find out that my mom will be traveling to Peru soon in hopes to be here for the delivery. Please pray for her as she prepares to travel - the Heath kids cannot wait to be reunited with their “Nana".





Friday, May 8, 2015

The Work Continues...Praising God For The Resources That Are Coming In

THE ALMA TEAM TAKING A BREAK FROM THE 
ALMA CHILDREN'S HOME 
TO HELP OUR LOCAL CHURCH FAMILY
First Independent Baptist Church of Curahuasi

Working Together To Put In A 
Concrete Floor For The Church Sanctuary


Thank You, Lord, For Providing The Materials Needed
For This Growing Church Family

STUDY GOD'S WORD EACH WEEK 
AT THE ALAMEDA SCHOOL 




ARCA DE NOE
Learning About Noah's Ark

AND GOD'S PROMISES

THANK YOU TO SO MANY WHO HAVE SENT MANY 
CRAFTS AND SUPPLIES FOR TEACHING


SURPRISING THE KIDS WITH 
AN AMERICAN CANDY
~Yummy Twizzlers~



They were not sure if they should eat them...or just use them as toys!

UPDATE FROM THE 
CHILDREN'S HOME CONSTRUCTION

Rebuilding The Rock Wall For The Water Canal

Connected To The New Bridge 
Clearing The Land
Gathering Rocks All Over The Area For The Water Canal
Preparing For The Work...
Praying The Rain Waters Will Not Flood The Property
 
On A Trip To Pick Up A Cement Mixer To Use
WE RAN INTO A LANDSLIDE

Temporary Road Block
The Wall Is Going Up

Another Crew Working On The Construction Worksite Building
To House All The Supplies & Tools
Preparing The Foundation

Ready To Pour

Working Late Hours To Get It Done
So Thankful For The Workers
& The Amazing Concrete Work That They Have Done

Lead me in your truth and teach me,
    for you are the God of my salvation;
    for you I wait all the day long.
~Psalm 25:5