Despite the strange title, it is actually a very easy question to answer.
Today is one of my last days here in Nauta—I leave on Wednesday next week. Everyday, either Clementina, Anna, Rildo, or Daniel make us a tasty breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In order to thank them for being such amazing hosts while I’ve been here, I wanted to make them a special meal, so I decided to make pierogi!
Now, for those of you who do not know, pierogi are one of my favorite foods in the whole world. For the past few years, a close friend of our family has made homemade pierogi and kielbasa (polish sausage) and given them to us for Christmas. So, it pierogi have become a kind of special meal for us—or, at least for me.
Normally pierogi are served with some other polish foods such as gwumkie or kielbasa (or both), but those are essentially impossible to find here in the Amazon, so I had to do with what I could find—some Peruvian sausage. What I meant to be a Polish meal turned out to be more of a multi-ethnic meal, but it was quite delicious!
Pastor William jokingly asked, “Where is the rice?” while we were preparing the food which I first laughed at, then Daniel explained to me that Peruvians don’t just eat rice with every meal because of a cultural norm, but Peruvians actually love the stuff. Willy, Pr. William’s older son, for example, can’t get enough of it, his wife Danitza explained jokingly.
Today, while talking to Pastor William, he said I am truly part of their family, and this is how I fell! I love these guys so much. I am sad that Clementina is in her hometown Piura (in the north of Peru), so I can’t say goodbye to her.
I pray that God continues to bless them and their ministry. Stay tuned in the next month or two for a video about their ministry here in Nauta and for other videos form my YouTube channel about Peru and ministry here!