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Laura-Lee Lovering

Laura-Lee Lovering

Who: Laura-Lee Lovering

Where: Peru

How long: Since 2011

Principal ministries: Development


Laura is an environmental scientist and a member of Reading Family Church. After finishing her training at IMC, she is based in Nauta, which is situated on the Marañon River in the Amazon jungle. In Nauta, she is working to help the local Baptist partner to develop the Integral Mission Training Centre and a number of environmental initiatives.
 

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Posted: 29/06/2017 - 17:37

On a 572 mile journey by car between Porthcawl, South Wales and Inverness, Scotland, which includes a 60mph average-speed-controlled section around 136 miles long, the difference between travelling worry-free at 55mph and trying to maintain an average speed of just-about-legal 59mph, is about 10 minutes out of an estimated journey travel time of 9 hours and 25 minutes (not including comfort breaks, of which several were comfortably enjoyed). And yet not travelling as close to the speed limit as possible without risking *shock* and *horror* GETTING CAUGHT seems to be the order of the day.

Over the last 4 weeks I’ve travelled around 3,300 miles, a lot of...

Posted: 01/05/2017 - 01:17

I’m sat in Iquitos airport next to a precocious little girl who wants to go with her uncle to Lima. Now she’s crying even as they explain to her that she hasn’t brought any extra clothes apart from the little dress she’s wearing and doesn’t she realise that it’s cold in Lima? And nobody likes being cold!

At the beginning of the week I took a short trip up the Momon River with my colleagues in order to visit some of our former students from the pastors training program. They are an inspirational group of brothers and sisters who, over the two years that they were coming to us, went from being self-confessed “church bench-...

Posted: 22/03/2017 - 16:38

Last month I told you that I’d added ‘Debt Collector’ to my CV and that I’d let you know how it went. In the first place, out of 60 homes, there were only four major offenders on the list: one paid her debt when we visited – visiting definitely seems to do the trick so much of the time; one blamed the other co-owner of the house which I see is now up for sale – we’ll be cutting them off this weekend; one happens to be the neighbourhood delegado, or committee president and he’s still not paid…and one, we went ahead and cut off because there was no-one home and it was reported that they were very rarely there. On our way...

Posted: 27/02/2017 - 17:02

Last week I took on an additional new role as Debt Collector. I find that Money is one of the trickiest languages to learn, the most difficult culture to understand, the most challenging etiquette to practice. These days I tend to simply plunge in and later apologise, playing the “I’m a foreigner, sorry if I offended you/sorry if there has been a misunderstanding”-card if anything goes wrong. Nevertheless, the community voted me in as Treasurer for the La Unión Water Committee because, they said, they didn’t trust anyone else to do it. I also recognise that no-one else wanted the jobs of calling people out who hadn’t paid their monthly contribution,...

Posted: 03/01/2017 - 02:27

As I’m sure it was for most of you, December was a particularly fun-packed month for me too. We installed the La Union community water system and transformed the main street into one generously proportioned mudslide as the wet season kicked in just as we broke ground to install the pipeline that now conveys water from our storage tanks at the Training Centre to 60 homes in the neighbourhood. Whilst some challenges still exist – like getting everyone to actually pay their monthly contribution for the service! – I felt incredibly relieved that the project had finally been realized and just in time for Christmas too.

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22nd March 2017
New Blog entry "The Enforcer: Part II" added
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27th February 2017
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3rd January 2017
New Blog entry "Hark!" added
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8th December 2016
New Letter "December 2016" added
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