Our family is in Peru for two years to serve with Extreme Nazarene. We are living in the jungle city of Puerto Maldonado supporting our team of 8 missionaries as 12 churches are planted here in 18 months! Please keep checking in to keep up on our our ministry and adventures in Peru!

Monday, July 27, 2009


Kai has been blessed to have a great little buddy here in Iquitos. Jim is the pastor’s son and just turned 3. From the first day they met these two hit it off and have been amigos ever since. With everyone gone I decided to come to the church and let Kai play with Jim for a few hours since his mom is working. I am currently watching them go from fighting over a ball to laughing to yelling to chasing each other and playing happy…their relationship has lots of emotions but always they are sad to leave each other when the day is over. I am thankful for a friend for Kai…one that he has lots of time with and can be a boy with (right now they are poking at ants with sticks). It is especially fun for me to watch him speak Spanish and learn new words. He is always saying “ven, amigo” or “vamos”…he is really good at the “command” words…ha! Here are some pictures of the “amigos”.

I realize I have not written much about Kai or how he is doing…that is because we have tried to keep this blog more about the mission then pictures of our boy…I have a whole other blog for that and if you want to check it out you can: www.kaismith.blogspot.com
However, I will give a quick little update. Kai is doing great here in Iquitos. He is going to a jardin (pre-school) in the mornings while we are in school and seems to really enjoy it. He is learning more and more Spanish each day and I am always pleasantly surprised when he uses new words that he has learned from being around Spanish speakers. He loves coming to the church and playing with Jim and seeing all of the team. He loves riding in motocars…especially when Daddy’s driving. He is the only one on our team that is not tired of rice. We have it every day here but he is always asking for more “arroz”. He is handling the heat like a champ even though he sweats like crazy and the mosquitoes haven’t seemed to bother him too much. All in all it has been an easy transition for him here to Iquitos and we are thankful for all the people who have helped Kai love being here, by loving him.

Sidenote: Hermana (what we call the district superintendent’s wife who live on the grounds too) just gave Kai a cup of coffee…hmm…not such a great idea but they both seem so happy about it I think I’m going to let it go…it looks really weak so hopefully there won’t be terrible consequences…*here’s hoping* This kid gets spoiled by everyone…one of my biggest challenges of living here:)


Tracey said...

starbucks would be so proud...start em young!

Stacey J said...

Hey Tracy! Kai is getting so big! I am so glad you guys are doing well. Trav & I are still praying!

Erin said...

Can he say "Carmel white chocolate mocha with extra Carmel" yet?! Love ya!!