You'll remember that for Christmas, we gave each one of the missionaries a carved mate, or dried gourd, a very typical piece of handicraft from the Mantaro Valley, in which Huancayo is located.
The nearby town of Cochas is the center of master-craftsmanship of mates. We happened upon 75-year-old Eulogio Medina, who is probably the master of them all.
She proudly showed us a small 'museum' of some of the more spectacular examples.
This mate tells the story of the life of Christ in twelve segments, and only required a little less time and effort.
Mr. Medina tells us proudly that his son will be better than himself, having recently won a national competition for this artwork.
We wish that we could make something so beautiful out of something so humble.
Dave & Paula