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March 2010

the C U S C O
c h r o n i c l e s
Introduction Monthly Activities Supporter’s Spotlight News and Notes
Brief intro to some of the work Summary of some of the major A list of our supporters with a A description of a series of
we have been doing here in the events that have happened in photo of Cusco and a special service projects we are doing for
area surrounding Cusco recent months Peruvian recipe flood relief
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on a cloudy day
Rainy season here in Cusco fell a little harder
this year, especially for some living in the
small towns outside the city.
Our plans for our first months here in Cusco were to really focus
our energy on learning the language and culture. Many times, Barton, Allison, and Cole Kizer
our most valuable lessons are learned outside of a classroom
setting. We learned firsthand of some of the deep levels of Overseen by the Chase Park Church of
Christ in Huntsville, Alabama
poverty that can be witnessed here in Peru. We were humbled as
we watched the appreciation in a child’s eyes for giving them a simple piece of candy. I have
heard several times that the Chinese symbol for crisis is a mix of the symbols for danger and
opportunity. As Christians, it’s our job to show the victims of crisis that they can find hope and Mailing Address in Cusco:
strength in Christ. The past few months, our team was given several opportunities to serve those
in our community who suffered great losses through the recent flooding in our area. Through Barton Kizer
the generosity of churches and individuals in the states, we were able to distribute nearly two P.O. Box 707
tons of supplies to the people of the pueblos surrounding Cusco. We hope in Cusco, Peru
our efforts God was glorified and spirits were lifted.
Of course, much of our energy recently has been spent in a classroom
setting, learning and practicing Spanish. We are very happy with our
progress so far, and our confidence in communicating with others is
growing daily. We are growing more comfortable in our new home, and
we have really enjoyed learning how rich the culture of Peru and of
Cusco truly is.

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March 2010


In February, we accomplished two major tasks related to team business: we
had our first Peruvian team retreat at Pisac, and we traveled to Lima to
obtain visas for the children on the team. While on our trip to Lima, Barton
and I decided to take the opportunity to travel to the northern coast of Peru
to a city called Trujillo. It was a very nice, relaxing trip, and we were able to
learn more about the history of Peru in our visit to the ruins at Chan Chan,
as well as see fishermen in their reed boats that have been used for over
2,000 years. Also in the month of February, we had a “fiesta” with some of Cultural Corner: Coca Tea
our Spanish professors. We have really been blessed with some great Coca tea, or mate de coca, as it is called here, is a
teachers, and it’s been really great getting to know them on a daily basis. very important aspect of Andean life. It is a light
green or yellowish color when brewed. You can make
it either by submerging leaves directly in water, or
by using a tea bag. Its flavor is sweet and a little
bitter to some. Its natural
caffeine has effects similar to
that found in green tea.
Coca is seen as controversial by
some, because it contains a very
small amount of the same
chemical used to make cocaine. However, in the
form used to make tea, it is actually very beneficial
to your health and it doesn’t give you a “buzz” or
drug high.
The consumption of coca tea, as well as chewing the
leaves, is a well known cure for altitude sickness.
The reason for this is that it increases the
absorption of oxygen in the blood. If you stay at a
hotel or hostel here in Cusco, most likely they will
provide complimentary cups of mate de coca for
this very purpose. The coca plant is also
good for a variety of digestive problems.
It can even be used for dietary purposes,
as it regulates the metabolism of
h ap p y b i r t h d ay carbohydrates.

cole is one year old!

We haven’t been able to have a real party for him yet, but one is in the
works for very soon! Cole has been a part of our lives for a little over a year
now. He had his first birthday on March 2nd. He is developing and
changing every day, and it’s amazing to think he was inside mommy’s
tummy not too long ago! He is sleeping and eating great, and he is a very
happy little boy. Not too long from now, we’ll probably be hearing him
talking non-stop in two languages!

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March 2010


Recipe of the Month

Arroz Verde con Pollo

This is one of my favorite meals here in Peru. The cilantro

in this dish gives it a really great flavor and aroma.

• 8 pieces skinless chicken

• salt and pepper

• 1/2!cup oil

• 1!large red onion, minced

• 3 garlic cloves, minced

Our Monthly Supporters
• 1!cup fresh cilantro, blended in a food processor with a We are so thankful to all of those who are partnering with us in the
little water
work in Cusco. We feel that God will be able to do great things through
• 1 red bell pepper, chopped in small pieces the work in Peru, and we are so grateful for all those helping us with
that opportunity.
• 3!cups rice
•Memorial Parkway Church of Christ, Huntsville, Alabama
• 1!cup mixed!peas (or one can mixed veggies, drained) •Ashville Road Church of Christ, Leeds, Alabama
• 3!cups chicken stock •9th Avenue Church of Christ,
Haleyville, Alabama
Season chicken with salt and black pepper. Fry in oil until •Adamsville Church of Christ,
golden brown and remove from fire. Leave to cool. In the Adamsville, Alabama
same oil, saute the garlic, onion, bell pepper, and cilantro. •Roebuck Parkway Church of Christ,
Add the chicken and stir for 2 - 3 minutes. Add 1/2 cup Birmingham, Alabama
chicken broth and simmer for about 10 minutes until •Hoover Church of Christ, Hoover,
chicken is cooked. Add the rice and mixed peas. Mix well Alabama
for a couple of minutes. Add the remaining chicken stock •Hamilton Church of Christ, Hamilton,
(salt if needed) and simmer for another 20 minutes or Alabama
until rice is cooked and slightly burnt at the bottom. •Jimmy and Judy Finney, Howe, Texas

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March 2010


Supplies for the Sacred Valley

In January, a rare event straw, and
happened here in Peru. Machu even those
Picchu, a famous tourist site of made with
Inca ruins and one of the new concrete are
world wonders, closed for often poorly
business. Of course, this was constructed, Please
not a voluntary closing. It making it easy for floods like them our small contribution. pray that these people will find
happened the ones we’ve seen recently to Thank you to all those who God in the midst of this
because of completely demolish them. As have donated money to this tragedy.
severe floods I mentioned earlier, we were effort, and if anyone is
t h at h ave able to go to several different still interested in giving,
come to locations in the Sacred Valley we plan to make more Prayer Requests
our area surrounding Cusco to give out aid trips as long as
• The people of Cusco
this year, supplies and food to the flood people are willing to
•Those devastated by the floods
probably victims. It was a very humbling donate. There is still
due to experience and not one I will much work to be done. • Charla and Matt and the health
of their baby (Charla is in the
El Niño. soon forget. The images from For more information states now for the remainder of
The people here in Cusco say those trips are still fresh in my about these stories and her pregnancy)
they haven’t seen rain like this mind: children playing in dirty others, please visit our • The victims of the earthquakes
for over 10 years. The rains hit clothes that their mothers are blog (the address is at the in Chile and Haiti
hard and haven’t really let up unable to wash, ladies cooking bottom of the page). • Barton, as he is currently
much until the past few days. outside with one big pot and suffering from kidney stones
The flooding is especially an open flame, flimsy tents •Thanksgiving for the daily
devastating for those who live that are already leaking blessings we enjoy here in Cusco
in the pueblos surrounding water, but most importantly, •Thanksgiving for obtaining our
Cusco. Many of them have the gratitude on the missionary visas
homes made of mud brick and people’s faces as we gave •Our plans for our first campaign
in July
Monthly Bible Verse: Psalm 4:1 (Salmos 4:1) • Safe travel for friends and
Answer me when I call to you, O my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; be family that will soon be visiting
merciful to me and hear my prayer. • Our supporting churches and
financial partners
Responde a mi clamor, Dios mío y defensor mío. Dame alivio cuando esté angustiado,
apiádate de mí y escucha mi oración.

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