|Left, top to bottom: Aldo, Esther, Aurora, me|
Right, top to bottom: Ronaldo, Enrique, Santos
Once in Lima, Santos and I made our way through customs, got our boarding passes, and went to sleep in the airport waiting for our 1:00 pm flight to Tarapoto. Shortly before boarding we met up with our Dominican partners from the Iglesia Bautista Internacional (International Baptist Church), Enrique Crespo and his wife Aurora, and their son Aldo and his wife Esther. Their friend Ronaldo Sevillano, a Peruvian from Lima, also joined us. Santos and I were going to teach the New Testament survey, while Enrique and Ronaldo taught a missions class to those who had already completed the training. Aurora, Aldo, and Esther were going to provide their services in the medical clinic, as all of them are practicing doctors.
The landing in Tarapoto was fine. The mountains and valleys affect airflow, as does the jungle heat, which usually results in a lot of turbulence and a rough landing. From there it was a 1-hour taxi ride to Chazuta. Along the way we could see evidence where previous rockslides had blocked the road. In some cases the road was just rerouted around the rocks, and pavement was present in some places, absent in others. I remember we were a little nervous about the speed the driver was going and his timing for passing other vehicles, which brought us close to oncoming traffic, but hindsight reveals that he was a pretty safe driver compared to what Santos and I would go through just six days later.
|Left to right: Me, Santos, Ronaldo, Enrique, Jairo (off screen)|
By the end of the day Santos and I were tired from all our travels, and we settled in for some much-needed rest before beginning our class the next day.