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JESSICA MARIE TAYLOR  Believer // Lover // Storyteller World Race 2017 Currently: Peru


Ain't nobody rainin' on our parade. 😏 // photo: @kaliestier // #11n11 #machupicchu #jesswhattheworldneeds #peru #worldrace

"Como te llama?"
"Me llama Llama."
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One of the (many) cool parts about the race is that each month we have a time set aside for adventure. God knew that for people like me, adventure can be scary. So he put on a team of people who would gently push me out of my comfort zones, sometimes literally holding my hand through it. And man I AM SO GRATEFUL. Life has been a little less scary, and a lot more fun, because of you guys. THANK YOU! ❤ // #worldrace #11n11 #jesswhattheworldneeds #peru #machupicchu #selahsisters #doitandyourecool

Shoutout to @emmmallen + @kaliestier for organizing an epic getaway to Machu Picchu. Best adventure day yet! 😍 // #machupicchu #jesswhattheworldneeds #peru #worldrace #11n11

Man's creations are cool but Yours are always cooler. // photo: @kaliestier
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Of everything I've seen in this world, you're one of my favorites. // #jesswhattheworldneeds #worldrace #11n11 #peru #machupicchu

Ok God, I SEE YOU. // I was about to post the last photo when I was interrupted by an American voice. It was a man and woman asking for the wifi password (I'm sitting at a coffee shop). We started talking and long story short - he's a pastor from Montana here with some of his youth group. They offered to let us use their hotel showers!! After about an hour of conversation, we accepted his offer. So we walked for about an hour to his hotel (I know this sounds crazy to some of you!). We had the best showers and could not stop talking about how it was a total gift from God that we crossed paths. Pastor Mark wanted us to meet his friends and invited us to dinner. We ended up at a Peruvian restaurant with around 25 people. Person after person came into the restaurant, each having their own story about how they met Pastor Mark and many of them not knowing each other. So we sat there, all coming from different paths, speaking different languages, but all connected by this crazy, God-loving man, Mark!
I was seated across the table from a man who works for the same ministry that we were supposed to be at TODAY (what?!?). He also knows the man who is hosting us! And because God thinks it's funny to keep placing children in my life, beside me were two baby angels.
I often looked around the table at the many different conversations happening. We were seated at this table because we didn't have running water. How crazy is that?

Today was not fun. This week hasn't been all great. But tonight... tonight was good.

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Update on life in Peru: We were supposed to start working with a church on Wednesday but that morning we found out that the pastor of the church had been mugged. He was injured so badly that he had to be hospitalized. Since our plans to work with him were now postponed, we used the day to go on a prayer walk around the city. We got back home, tired and drenched in sweat, and realized our water was turned off.
Thursday morning, still no running water, we were told we'd be heading to the outskirts of Lima to help with flood relief. We traveled for over 2 hours by bus and foot to get to the designated location. Once we got there we were told the supplies that we needed to help stabilize the buildings hadn't arrived yet. They asked if we could come back Friday. So 2 hours back home we went. Home and still no running water.
Friday morning arrived. No water. That's when I saw this sign. I gave Sara a big hug and told her how much it meant to me. Our team got ready for the day as best we could. We were prepared for a full day of manual labor in the fierce sun and still held hope that a shower was in near sight. 30 minutes into the bus ride our host got a call - he told us to get off the bus. We were going back home. The bridge we needed to cross to get to the flood relief spot had collapsed overnight due to mudslides. We were ready and eager to help but couldn't get to the people who need it. Feeling defeated, we headed to the grocery store for filtered water which is now be rationed out. Apparently the water has been turned off in most of the city and is expected to stay off for at least a week. The mudslides continue to wreck people's homes and lives. And to make matters worse, the temperature here is hotter than it's been in 50 years.
So, here we are. Friday afternoon. Dirty. Smelly. Sweaty. Exhausted. But we still have it a whole lot better than a lot of the city.
My good friend reminded me last night that "Sometimes I feel like it's ok to say 'this sucks'. Then look for God in it. He says that if you seek Him, you will find Him." Please join my team and I in prayer for the city of Lima, the country of Peru, and a little bit of our sanity :)

Same ocean, different view. ALOHA PACIFIC! I missed you! You make me feel so close to home but so far too. So small but so full! This island city girl is happy right here with you. ❤ // #worldrace #11n11 #jesswhattheworldneeds #lima #peru

Hola from the rooftop of our new home in Lima, Peru! On the last bus ride here, I sat by a sweet Peruvian lady named Isabella (for the full 24 hour ride!) and we were stalled for a bit by a flood. But I'm happy to say that we finally made it here after 3 crazy days of travel. Life is going to look different this month and we're definitely going to be pushed out of our comfort zones - but man we are eager and excited to be here. Please keep us in your prayers as we get adjusted to life in Peru. More updates coming soon! // photo: @whereintheworldisdelaney // #worldrace #11n11 #jesswhattheworldneeds #lima #peru

My first sunset in Peru was from my bus seat. 20+ hour travel days ain't so bad with views like these. 😍 // #worldrace #jesswhattheworldneeds #11n11 #peru

At 8 pm on Thursday night my 58-person squad boarded a double-decker bus in Quito, Ecuador. We traveled for 12 hours to the border of Ecuador & Peru and stood in line for 4 hours at the immigration office to get our passports stamped and entrances approved. In line we met a Venezuelan man named Richard who shared his story and accepted our offer to pray for him. We took a 40-person bus to a bus terminal about an hour away. We unloaded all of our gear into a shop, waited for 4 hours while we searched for the correct bus tickets, got kicked out of the shop because they were closing, and found ourselves on a random street, with everything we currently own, in the middle of rain and lightning. Local tourism police came to the rescue and offered to transport us to a nearby hostel. We were tired, hungry, dirty, and wet from the rain. But the Lord provided as He always does. My team and I gathered on the floor of our hostel room and picked off a whole chicken with our hands. It made me smile. We're showered and rested and prepping for our next leg of the journey - a 20+ hour bus ride to our final destination of Lima, Peru. I've decided that I love travel days. Because through the chaos, I can almost always see God in obvious ways, I just have to have the right perspective. Please keep us in your prayers! // #worldrace #jesswhattheworldneeds #11n11 #ecuador #peru

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