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Hans + Marta

By Sophie on April 11, 2019 Track: Medical Region: Latin America

Our first friends in Peru are from Switzerland (lol). Minutes after arriving in Arequipa we found out we arrived a week earlier than our host home and institute expected, so arrangements were made for us to stay with Hans and Marta. A little bummed about another week of living out of suitcases, we loaded the taxi up at the airport and made our way to the district of Bancarios. We were warmly greeted by an older, white-haired couple wearing cute, felted vests. Little did we know “a week early” was actually all part of God’s plan and exactly what He knew we needed.   Hans and Marta have been... Read more


By Sophie on April 11, 2019 Track: Medical Region: Latin America

Thinking about what to write is kind of intimidating. I think it’s mostly because I wish we could share EVERYTHING with you guys; the walks through the streets, the faces we’ve met, the words we’ve learned, all the sounds and smells. But because that’s obviously not possible, I’m left with a blank word document and the task of consolidating and portraying tidbits that hopefully relay a truthful and honest picture of life here.  Which seems like a daunting task, so maybe just talking about what God’s been talking to me about would be the best way to sum it up.  Since being here I haven’t been... Read more


By Matt on April 11, 2019 Track: Medical Region: Latin America

I took a class in college called "The God We See". It was about art, philosophy, God's mark in creation, and virtues among other things. My favorite part of the class was reading excerpts by Henri Nouwen regarding patience. Most likely because patience was (and still is) something I needed to work on. A few homework challenges were driving without the radio on or above the speed limit, not checking your phone while waiting in line, and only being able to walk slowly everywhere. Fast forward a couple years and being in Peru is a much more complex challenge!  Some are external: paying for... Read more

Should've had a Ponytail

By Brooke on April 3, 2019 Track: Medical Region: Latin America

Some days just don’t go as planned. Some things are a little more time consuming than you thought they would be. Welcome to a day in the life of cross-cultural living, a life that, despite its occasional frustrations and misunderstandings, I wouldn’t trade for anything. Monday. Time to renew my visa, something I must do every year in order to stay in the country. Should be easy enough – go to the notary, stop at the bookstore to buy an envelope, deposit money at the bank, mail the forms. Any guesses as to how my morning is gonna go? Go ahead, take a gander. The morning rain had just come to a... Read more

The First Few Days Overseas

By Matt on February 27, 2019 Track: Medical Region: Latin America

Hello! (Below is an update I posted on our - Sophie's and my - personal blog page. Feel free to visit it at themccanns.blog!) Well for the last 10 minutes I've been spending time on this rooftop and then on a balcony, thinking of what to tell you guys. A lot has changed but at the same time we don't feel a whole lot different. Sitting in the Lima airport on our third day in Peru about to take off to Arequipa Sophie said, "It's weird how normal it feels being here." I would say I agree. Maybe it's because at this point our minds adjust to 'tourist mode', but deep down we both know it's because... Read more

Estofado de Pollo

By Brooke on February 12, 2019 Track: Medical Region: Latin America

One of my favorite things about Peru is the food!! Did you know it was named the top culinary destination in the world? The coast, mountains, and jungle all have their own typical dishes and they are SO GOOD! I have honestly never had a dish I didn’t like here. The food is absolutely amazing! That being said, I thought I’d share the recipe for one of the dishes we love to make at home. It is super easy, full of vegetables, and has TONS of flavor. Here it is:   Estofado de Pollo (Chicken Stew)   Ingredients:   6 pieces of chicken ½ cup of flour (if fried chicken desired) 2 tbsp. vegetable oil... Read more

Pocket Change has a Different Meaning in Peru

By Brooke on January 24, 2019 Track: Medical Region: Latin America

Ever wondered how I get money in Peru? Way out here in the jungle? Do they have banks? Can you use the dollar? What is the Peruvian currency anyway? When I told my mom how it works, I think I made her a little nervous (maybe more like a lot nervous!) and she immediately said, “You’ve got to write about that. People would love to know. That's crazy!”. So here it is – how to exchange money in Peru. Jungle style.  First, the Peruvian currency is the nuevo sol (translated new sun), and one U.S. dollar is worth 3.3 soles. Second, there is only one bank here in San Ramon and you cannot make a... Read more


By Matt on January 16, 2019 Track: Medical Region: Latin America

Christmastime was hard at times but also amazing at times. It was also very busy. My uncle passed away suddenly in the middle of December so the McCann family traveled to Canada immediately. This was the closest death I’ve ever experienced and it was tough, but extended family being together at a moments notice was definitely something special. Then we returned to my hometown, Marshfield, WI for Christmas. The day after Sophie and I went north to northern Wisconsin for more celebrations and to be with her family for the New Year. Soon after we flew to San Antonio to be with the missionaries... Read more

In Over My Head

By Sophie on January 16, 2019 Track: Medical Region: Latin America

910F42D1-B2C9-4880-9BC2-A4080F78CAD6.jpeg My husband and I have been practicing REST the past couple of weeks – basically since the holidays. We just purchased our one-way tickets to Peru, reached 100% of our support, got rid of our house and a car, and are now doing our best to fully enjoy the chance to sit back and reflect before everything really gets started. It has been incredible and as I take the time to actually sit back and LOOK at the things God has been up to, I am able to remember the big picture and just how stinkin’ lucky I am to serve such a good God. But this whole rest... Read more

A Letter to Future Goers

By M on December 29, 2018 Track: Medical Region: Asia - South East

Future Goer, The advice I want to give you is this:  Break.  Break as you go, saying goodbye to your loved ones who will be living their lives for the next two years without you. You don’t have to act strong and unaffected by your own pain of leaving. You can and should let your heart hurt, cry with your family and friends, mourn the time you are missing with them. Your sadness in leaving does not compromise your confidence in Going. Break as you choose and are forced to let go of pieces of yourself. As you release the many roles you’ve played in your life thus far, where you have found so... Read more