This last week we flew to Iquitos Peru for our last specialized training with the missionaries in this city. Iquitos is so unique because it is located in the heart of the Amazon jungle. Over the course of our three year mission we have flown in and out of Iquitos about 90 times. Access to this city of 400,000 people is only by air or boat. We have 48 missionaries serving in this area. July 1st Iquitos will become a new mission in our church.
Tourists flock to Iquitos for an Amazon adventure. We have flown to Iquitos each month to teach and train missionaries. This city if filled with the buzz of motokars, dirt side streets, river traffic, palm trees, aguae
Hermana Price and Alvear
Elder Turley and Elder Rix
On a few preparation day excursions we have been able to discover a little of the sites in and around Iquitos.
The mighty Amazon River. It is the second largest river in the world. At some points it is 6 miles across and you can't see the other side. It is full of some of the world's largest fish and pink river dolphins.
Flat boat traffic on the Amazon.
Typical items to buy in the market. The black charcoal is harvested after they burn the forest to clear the land. The women use this charcoal to cook over. Many women cook outdoors because it is so hot and many do not have electricity or natural gas in their homes. The wealthy homes have tile or cement floors. Many people live in extreme poverty with dirt floors.
There are many kinds of tropical fruits in the jungle. The green bananas are used to prepare a jungle dish called tacacho which many people enjoy with BBQ pork.
Motokar capital of the world.
Most all the labor is done by hand. Here men are mixing and hauling cement. They are using 5 gallon buckets to hall the cement to the second floor. People work so hard to earn so little, just enough to provide food for the next day.
Once a year the Amazon river and other surrounding rivers flood. Life continues on like normal during this time. The Belen area floods each year. People live here because the land is cheaper.
Motokar traffic becomes boat traffic.
We joke with our missionaries that are serving in Iquitos that they are having a "Nat Geo" experience. (National Geographic experience) Here they are serving a mission for the Lord and He has placed them in the middle of the Amazon jungle.
President Blunck, a missonary to the very end. Here he is obtaining a reference for a family to visit.
We will finish our mission on June 29th and arrive home on June 30th. We are very excited to see our family and friends in the states. If you are interested we have been invited by our bishop to speak in the Canby II Ward on Sunday July 21st at 11:30am.
Address: Canby LDS Chapel
1285 S. Elm St.
Canby, Oregon 97013
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