I’m on vacation this week, visiting Cuzco, Perú, with my friends Tina and Ben. Each afternoon so far has brought unexpected joys, and I give thanks for these glimpses of grace. Once I get back home I hope to have pictures of some of these, but I want to share what happened yesterday while it’s fresh in my mind (especially since no photography was allowed).

They were singing as we entered Santo Domingo church partway through the mass. New confirmands were being received, and the church was filled with families celebrating this rite, their youngest members dressed with frills and playing in the aisles while their older siblings wore parochial school uniforms for the celebration. As the teenagers went forward for the sacrament the musicians sang Himno del Misionero. The chorus begins with words that translate: “Take me where people need your word, where they need my zest for life.” The priest reminded those newly confirmed that now in all aspects of their lives they are bearers of Christ, and that they should take on this new responsibility with gladness, in love and service to neighbor. Standing at the back of the church, I was filled with hope that some number of these young people will take that charge to heart, and step forward into new possibilities in Christ’s service. Así sea. So be it.

I’m off to find some dinner and get to bed early–bright and early tomorrow we head out for the Inca trail, and, God willing, we’ll arrive at Machu Picchu early Thursday morning! This will be a very posh approach to backpacking, but it’s my first time, and prayers for good health and stamina, safety, and decent weather are appreciated.

What has inspired you this weekend? What new challenges await you?

More on this trip: Travelog, Inca trail Days 1 and 2 and Day 3, Machu Picchu

About Sarah

I serve with Presbyterian World Mission as liaison to the Andean region. This blog is a place to share stories, experiences, and observations, both my own and those of friends and colleagues and the occasional item of news.
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3 Responses to Cuzco

  1. Areta Crowell says:

    Good for you! That is an ambitious trek – but I am sure worth every sore muscle!
    I am so looking forward to your time back “home” – tho since you will be itinerating we probably won’t see much of you..but it will be good. We spoke about having you speak at the June presbytery meeting – tho maybe you will be here for the April one ( Apr. 23 , June 25 ) .

  2. Ernesto Alarcon says:

    What was the weather like over there in Cuzco/Machupichu area? Did you happen to come across a female japanese named Misako or Mimi Alarcon from Okinawa vacationing there this past week? Hope she is ok she is suppose to be traveling alone and has not called home.

  3. Sarah says:

    The weather was just about perfect, very little rain. I did not meet Mimi, there were many people traveling.

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