This is the next in a series of “Give thanks!” moments offered by ELCA missionaries and sponsors. Learn more about Operation Thanks-Giving at www.elca.org/handinhand. –Pr. Twila Schock.
Pr. Dana Nelson and Tom Ososki write, “On our first Thanksgiving here in Peru as a missionary family, it was really important to me that our kids get a chance to eat a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Yet, I didn’t have time to cook! So we made a ton of unsuccessful phone calls and drove all around the huge city of Lima trying to find a restaurant that served “Thanksgiving food.” We finally found one, after it was already dark out. It was inside a golf-hotel far on the other side of the city. I remember looking at our small kids across the table in a huge formal dining room that was practically empty. Our second year in Lima, Thanksgiving was totally different. We were not alone! We found a church that has a big, welcoming pot-luck Thanksgiving supper and an ecumenical worship service. Dozens of people were there from all around the world. I met other missionaries working in Peru and many other folks as well. My husband and kids and I shared a table with a Peruvian family. It was a wonderful evening!
ELCA missionaries Dana Nelson and Tom Ososki work in parish ministry in Peru. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Peru (ILEP) is a young church of over 1100 members, committed to working with the most vulnerable in society. Its congregations are mostly in Lima, with one each in Cusco and Iquitos. The ELCA accompanies the ILEP in the areas of leadership development and mission outreach.