Political Unrest, Protests, and Waterfalls

Last week was kinda crazy for Peru. The sitting President, SeΓ±or Castillo, decided to fire all of Congress, declared a state of emergency to give himself and the army/police extra power, placed a curfew and declared a few martial-like decrees (such as all unregistered firearms held by civilians must be given to the government), and finally proposed he would be working at rewriting the country’s Constitution to “reinstate democracy and order” in the country.

Well, neither Congress nor the armed forces liked that and declared it a coup by the President, fearing a Communist regime similar to what is seen in Venezuela. So, Congress fired the President! He and his family tried to flee, but he was accosted by police and is now in jail. Around three hours after his political move, the vice-president was sworn in as the first woman president of Peru. If I count correctly, this is the fifth president we’ve seen since we’ve been in Peru not quite four years; never mind that the presidential terms are to be five years.

So, the country is in quite a lot of unrest, as you can imagine. The ministry for education released a statement today closing school indefinitely because of ongoing protests and strikes that are a result of the political unrest, all of which make it unsafe or unfeasable for children to get to school.

I don’t know how all this might affect us going forward, but we are praying for peace in the country and safety. You can pray with us.

While the country is in internal turmoil, we decided to go visit a waterfall that is about five minutes or so from us. The children decided to do their Saturday tasks extra well and extra fast in order to convince Daddy to take them for lunch. It was really lovely. I’m sure we’ll go again now that we know where it is.

We enjoyed a short hike back into the bottom of the falls. You can climb further up the gorge and find larger falls, but with Steph along, we stayed at the base. The water comes from the mountain all year round. How does a mountain with 15,000 feet of elevation and no precipitation gush out fresh water all year? Someone explain that to me. I find it miraculous.

If you come for a visit, we’ll add this local beauty to our tour for you. You’ll love it.

After lunch at the falls, we went to invite folks to church and pass out some tracts in Huancarpata. There were not many people at home. Some thought maybe there was a fiesta somewhere; others thought it may be related to the politcal drama. Who knows?

P.S. The baby is not here yet.

Beautiful days
Looking down toward Izcuchaca
Passing out tracts in Huancarpata