March 2010

the C U S C O c h r o n i c l e s
Introduction Brief intro to some of the work we have been doing here in the area surrounding Cusco Page 1-2 Monthly Activities Summary of some of the major events that have happened in recent months Page 2 Supporter’s Spotlight A list of our supporters with a photo of Cusco and a special Peruvian recipe Page 3 News and Notes A description of a series of service projects we are doing for flood relief Page 4

sunshine
on a cloudy day
Rainy season here in Cusco fell a little harder this year, especially for some living in the small towns outside the city.
Our plans for our first months here in Cusco were to really focus our energy on learning the language and culture. Many times, our most valuable lessons are learned outside of a classroom setting. We learned firsthand of some of the deep levels of poverty that can be witnessed here in Peru. We were humbled as we watched the appreciation in a child’s eyes for giving them a simple piece of candy. I have heard several times that the Chinese symbol for crisis is a mix of the symbols for danger and opportunity. As Christians, it’s our job to show the victims of crisis that they can find hope and strength in Christ. The past few months, our team was given several opportunities to serve those in our community who suffered great losses through the recent flooding in our area. Through the generosity of churches and individuals in the states, we were able to distribute nearly two tons of supplies to the people of the pueblos surrounding Cusco. We hope in our efforts God was glorified and spirits were lifted. Of course, much of our energy recently has been spent in a classroom setting, learning and practicing Spanish. We are very happy with our progress so far, and our confidence in communicating with others is growing daily. We are growing more comfortable in our new home, and we have really enjoyed learning how rich the culture of Peru and of Cusco truly is.

Barton, Allison, and Cole Kizer
Overseen by the Chase Park Church of Christ in Huntsville, Alabama

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March 2010

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In February, we accomplished two major tasks related to team business: we had our first Peruvian team retreat at Pisac, and we traveled to Lima to obtain visas for the children on the team. While on our trip to Lima, Barton and I decided to take the opportunity to travel to the northern coast of Peru to a city called Trujillo. It was a very nice, relaxing trip, and we were able to learn more about the history of Peru in our visit to the ruins at Chan Chan, as well as see fishermen in their reed boats that have been used for over 2,000 years. Also in the month of February, we had a “fiesta” with some of our Spanish professors. We have really been blessed with some great teachers, and it’s been really great getting to know them on a daily basis.

Cultural Corner: Coca Tea
Coca tea, or mate de coca, as it is called here, is a very important aspect of Andean life. It is a light green or yellowish color when brewed. You can make it either by submerging leaves directly in water, or by using a tea bag. Its flavor is sweet and a little bitter to some. Its natural ca eine has e ects similar to that found in green tea. Coca is seen as controversial by some, because it contains a very small amount of the same chemical used to make cocaine. However, in the form used to make tea, it is actually very beneficial to your health and it doesn’t give you a “buzz” or drug high. The consumption of coca tea, as well as chewing the leaves, is a well known cure for altitude sickness. The reason for this is that it increases the absorption of oxygen in the blood. If you stay at a hotel or hostel here in Cusco, most likely they will provide complimentary cups of mate de coca for this very purpose. The coca plant is also good for a variety of digestive problems. It can even be used for dietary purposes, as it regulates the metabolism of carbohydrates.

h ap p y b i r t h d ay
cole is one year old!
We haven’t been able to have a real party for him yet, but one is in the works for very soon! Cole has been a part of our lives for a little over a year now. He had his first birthday on March 2nd. He is developing and changing every day, and it’s amazing to think he was inside mommy’s tummy not too long ago! He is sleeping and eating great, and he is a very happy little boy. Not too long from now, we’ll probably be hearing him talking non-stop in two languages!

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March 2010

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Recipe of the Month
Arroz Verde con Pollo
This is one of my favorite meals here in Peru. The cilantro in this dish gives it a really great flavor and aroma. • • • • • • 8 pieces skinless chicken salt and pepper 1/2!cup oil 1!large red onion, minced 3 garlic cloves, minced 1!cup fresh cilantro, blended in a food processor with a little water 1 red bell pepper, chopped in small pieces 3!cups rice 1!cup mixed!peas (or one can mixed veggies, drained) 3!cups chicken stock

Our Monthly Supporters
We are so thankful to all of those who are partnering with us in the work in Cusco. We feel that God will be able to do great things through the work in Peru, and we are so grateful for all those helping us with that opportunity. •Memorial Parkway Church of Christ, Huntsville, Alabama •Ashville Road Church of Christ, Leeds, Alabama •9th Avenue Church of Christ, Haleyville, Alabama •Adamsville Church of Christ, Adamsville, Alabama •Roebuck Parkway Church of Christ, Birmingham, Alabama •Hoover Church of Christ, Hoover, Alabama •Hamilton Church of Christ, Hamilton, Alabama •Jimmy and Judy Finney, Howe, Texas

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Season chicken with salt and black pepper. Fry in oil until golden brown and remove from fire. Leave to cool. In the same oil, saute the garlic, onion, bell pepper, and cilantro. Add the chicken and stir for 2 - 3 minutes. Add 1/2 cup chicken broth and simmer for about 10 minutes until chicken is cooked. Add the rice and mixed peas. Mix well for a couple of minutes. Add the remaining chicken stock (salt if needed) and simmer for another 20 minutes or until rice is cooked and slightly burnt at the bottom.

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March 2010

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Supplies for the Sacred Valley
In January, a rare event happened here in Peru. Machu Picchu, a famous tourist site of Inca ruins and one of the new world wonders, closed for business. Of course, this was not a voluntary closing. It happened because of severe floods t h at h ave come to our area this year, probably due to El Niño. The people here in Cusco say they haven’t seen rain like this for over 10 years. The rains hit hard and haven’t really let up much until the past few days. The flooding is especially devastating for those who live in the pueblos surrounding Cusco. Many of them have homes made of mud brick and straw, and even those made with concrete are often poorly constructed, making it easy for floods like the ones we’ve seen recently to completely demolish them. As I mentioned earlier, we were able to go to several different locations in the Sacred Valley surrounding Cusco to give out supplies and food to the flood victims. It was a very humbling experience and not one I will soon forget. The images from those trips are still fresh in my mind: children playing in dirty clothes that their mothers are unable to wash, ladies cooking outside with one big pot and an open flame, flimsy tents that are already leaking water, but most importantly, the gratitude on the people’s faces as we gave

Please them our small contribution. pray that these people will find Thank you to all those who God in the midst of this have donated money to this tragedy. effort, and if anyone is still interested in giving, we plan to make more Prayer Requests aid trips as long as • The people of Cusco people are willing to •Those devastated by the floods donate. There is still • Charla and Matt and the health much work to be done. of their baby (Charla is in the For more information states now for the remainder of about these stories and her pregnancy) others, please visit our • The victims of the earthquakes blog (the address is at the in Chile and Haiti bottom of the page). • Barton, as he is currently suffering from kidney stones
•Thanksgiving for the daily blessings we enjoy here in Cusco •Thanksgiving for obtaining our missionary visas •Our plans for our first campaign in July • Safe travel for friends and family that will soon be visiting • Our supporting churches and financial partners

Monthly Bible Verse: Psalm 4:1 (Salmos 4:1) Answer me when I call to you, O my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; be merciful to me and hear my prayer. Responde a mi clamor, Dios mío y defensor mío. Dame alivio cuando esté angustiado, apiádate de mí y escucha mi oración.
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