Face Time

I’ve been watching Pastor Darío embracing computer technology as he runs the girls’ home in Arequipa. They have a bank of donated computers for the girls to use for homework, and they have pretty good internet access. I found that out in January, when I tested their connection by trying to “Skype” with my family.

I assume that most of you probably know what that means, but for those that don’t, Skype is free program that allows you to use your computer as a phone, and even has video capabilities, so that you can see and talk with your friends. The program worked well in January, from my new computer in Arequipa to my son’s new computer in Chelan.

The funniest part of it all was watching the shock on the faces of the kids as my wife, Leslie, greeted them by name. I think several of them had thought they were watching a video until she did that.

In the last few months, I’ve seen that Pastor Darío begin to post video to Facebook, start a new website for the home, and add me to his new Skype directory. A few days ago, I saw he was logged on to Facebook, so I tried a chat with him. That’s quite a challenge for my Spanish skills, but I think we communicated well.

Today, as I sat at my computer, I got a call on Skype. I looked and saw it was Pastor Darío, calling with video! I answered with video, and as the video opened I saw six of the kids sitting in front of the computer, waiting to shout hello. What a blast to see their smiling faces and hear their voices again!

I want to go to Arequipa.