Hello Friends and Family!
It is truly amazing that I am writing this from our new home city, Trujillo, Peru! It has been difficult for us to keep in touch over the past few days because of our traveling and lack of internet, but hopefully this email will catch you all up to date on the happenings of the Sutton family!
First off, we hope that each of you are well. Please know you have been on our hearts and minds these past days and that we are very, very grateful for all your prayers for us. The Lord has shown us time and time again during this trip that He is watching over us in all the big and little ways. His mercies have been so great and numerous that, as Caleb put it,
“It’s hard to take this much Providence at one time!” He has been present at every step of the way.
The short (ha!) and sweet of it is this: We had an uneventful, smooth trip from the US to Trujillo. No flight problems, we received every single piece of luggage! (including one of Caleb’s suitcases that had burst open…but all his clothes were there!), great bus trip from Lima to Trujillo, and wonderful people waiting to pick us up at the Linea bus station in
Trujillo. Jane was an amazing traveler. Such a trooper!
So Thursday evening, we arrived and were welcomed by Alleen, Allen Smith, and Linda! It was so great to see familiar faces and feel so welcomed! They helped us load our many bins and bags, and off we went to spend the next days with Caleb’s past landlady, Amelia. We had decided to start looking for apartments over this next week, but just to take it easy this weekend and try try try to catch up on rest. Little did we know the plans of the Lord!
Yesterday (Friday), we awoke after a rough night of sleep (Jane continues to have problems), ate a solid Peruvian breakfast of eggs, bread, and fresh squeezed juice, and decided to take a look at some advertisements that Amelia had picked out for us during the week. She mentioned that one the apartments for rent was close by, so suggested we walk on over there and just take a peek. We were pretty sure the place wouldn’t work for us, but decided to take a look anyway.
Turns out, we liked it so much and were so pleased with it all, that by lunch time that day, we were carrying around the keys to the place! Our HOME!! 🙂 How exciting.
It is a 4 bedroom/ 3 bathroom apartment on the first floor, with a spacious living room/dining area, a beautiful kitchen, laundry area, and small patio place. (Pictures below). Our Christian landlady lives upstairs from us, and is going to be a wonderful person to get to know. The rent ended up being lower than we expected and well within our budget! Amelia kept saying, “wow! You are not going to find a place like this for that much!” We are completely amazed at the ease of finding such a place. It is in a beauitful neighborhood, a walk away from Metro (shopping mart), a huge park that is safe for Jane and me to play, Amelia’s house, and Caleb’s work. It is quiet, lovely, and just perfect for us! We could not be more pleased!
We hope to have the contract signed next week and hopefully move in within the week! There are little jobs here and there that we will work on, but nothing significant. Just a little painting of this or that, installing some electric showers for hot water, and putting in some lightbulbs! The Lord is SO GOOD!!
Tonight we meet with the missionaries for a game night at the Smith’s house. It will be great to get to see everyone and start to get into the circle of the mission. Caleb is planning on taking the full next week to just get the house settled before beginning work the following week. Mom has been a HUGE blessing, and I am very, very , very glad she is here to help with the decorating, settling, babysitting, and encouraging that she does so well.
Jane has made all sorts of Peruvian friends already. She doesn’t seem to know a stranger. She has enjoyed the long walks, honking taxis, strange dogs, and all the smiles she gets from everyone when we are out and about.
This was a little snippet of what is going on down here! We are not in a place with internet, so that is why we haven’t been able to keep in close contact, but within the next few weeks, we should have that in our new home, so it will be much easier! Please continue to pray that we will stay healthly, get some sleep, and settle into this new place.
We love you all and hope to hear from you, too!!