Sports Day in Peru

At 11 am, locals started coming for the sports tournament. It was so warm that I tried to stay in the shade of the banana trees (never thought I’d say that) and it was still hot. A group of us Americans formed a volleyball team to play the locals.

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Go Team USA!

Alicia made a delicious lunch of rice with fried noodles, beef, and veggie mixed and homemade french fries that make my tummy happy. We eventually waddled our way over to the soccer field to watch the guys, who were really good! I guess I shouldn’t be surprised since this is Peru…

During their half time, the women got to play. Sister Mary Terese and Katie and I were on a team with some of the locals. I was more excited than everyone else because I had never played a real game of soccer before! Kinda cool that the first time I ever played was in the Amazon Jungle.

We end the night with basketball. Father Jose Maria hired official referees for the tournament. The guys wore matching jerseys and were intense. It lasted for a couple of hours into the night. Katie, Ally, and I listened to Sister Giana tell the story of how she told her family she wanted to be a sister and how she wanted to come to Peru. She tells it in a way that is heartbreaking, hilarious, uplifting and beautiful all at the same time.

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Oh, this was just the warmup…

I also talked to Mother about my own family. She described an analogy that opened my eyes about Tarzan. He is from humans and raised by gorillas and how we are from God and raised by humans.  It emphasized how important it is to rely on Jesus and Mary to fill the holes in a human’s heart that no other human can fill. Once the basketball games were over, we handed out prizes and started to clean up but we ended up playing a game of knock out…okay maybe five games of knock out…

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Me, Katie, Ally
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Yay for prizes and yay for friends!

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