It’s been so long since I’ve written here, I’d almost forgotten I had a personal blog! Every time I thought I’d be able to sit down and write, something would happen and I wouldn’t be able to. I have so much I want to express…I have no idea if I’ll be able to or not.
Things have been going really well here in Peru, although we have to admit that the third month in a new culture has resulted in more culture shock than usual. We find ourselves in tears over things that three months ago didn’t even phase us. But, we don’t even remotely wish to leave, or even visit back in the States. We are so content to be here; we just have to keep plugging along. It’s not like life was simple in the States, either. It’s just a different set of abnormalities here.
Probably the one thing that really encourages me lately is my Bible study. I’ve been doing the Esther study by Beth Moore. As usual, it’s right on time with what I need in life. The first lesson that hit home hard was Session #5. She talked about waiting and the one phrase she reiterated over and over was, “Never, ever in our wait is God inactive! If God has asked you to wait, then something is going on in the heavenlies. The longer we wait, the more strength is renewed. Don’t wait on the event; wait on the Lord.” We’ve been “waiting” for what seems forever to have this house built. We’ve been raising money for over a year, only to find out that the amount we raised was about $5000 short of the actual cost. So, we have since basically depleted all of our ministry accounts, leaving us relying heavily on personal savings and monthly support checks. This has been horribly stressful. But, God has got to be up to something big. We currently have no idea how He will provide for us; but He always has. It’s already started, too. A group of guys from the States came down for two months to do construction and one of them handed us an envelope of money from his boss – who had wanted him to give it to someone in need. Praise the Lord! Little things like that….well, needless to say, they make our day.
Along the same lines of “waiting”, the last lesson I did was Session #7 and Beth repeated again that God is longing and waiting with us. If He is longing and waiting to bless us, then there must be something worth longing and waiting for! I think of this every time I think about how long we’ve longed and waited for a child of our own. It will be well worth the wait; I just know it. It’s pretty awesome to picture God longing and waiting right along with me, too! She ended that session with saying, “There will be a wait and a wait and a wait until the Lord comes SWIFTLY! Wait and long, but do not fret.”
All in all, though, we have absolutely nothing to complain about. We have a great team of missionaries who work right alongside of us. They have been so generous to us, too. When they found out we don’t have enough money for furnishings, they lent us a bed, tables, microwave, chairs, a couch, curtains, money… And they’ve given of their time like you wouldn’t believe. Everyone here is remarkably busy, 24/7, yet they took a whole Sunday off JUST to get us moved into our house. We COULD be all alone in a strange country, finding our way, but no, God has supplied an amazing amount of incredibly co-workers. And friends. Incredible.
So, as far as what life has consisted of…
- Teaching from 8:30-12:45, then 1:30-4:45 Monday-Friday.
- Spanish tutoring from 5-6:30 Monday-Wednesday.
- Tutoring a girl in English from 2:30-4:45 Wednesday-Friday.
- Preparing classes for my kids in the evenings.
- Meetings for my hospitality team every Tuesday from 2:30-4:30.
- Preparing for two separate teams that are visiting us for 1 month and 2 months, respectively.
- Moving into our house – which included packing up, cleaning the new house, moving everything into the new house, and then figuring out where everything was that I had so diligently packed.
- Preparing information for our guests.
- Writing two newsletters.
- Shopping for stuff for our house.
- Chapel every Thursday from 7:15-8:15
- Gone almost all day Sunday for church and errands.
Hence, blogging got, well, left out for awhile!
But, we love it here. My newest tasks, hospitality and English tutoring, are both so rewarding. They really needed someone who understands English and Peruvian cultures to help with making guests feel welcome. Even though I’m far from bilingual at the moment, at least I know my way around and can answer questions. So, I get to help with getting guests acclimated and adjusted and comfortable and figuring out where they’re going and what they’re participating in, etc. It’s a BLAST. And our house is the new home for leaders who come on trips. So, our very first guests will be coming on Sunday and staying with us for 2 weeks! Sure hope we have a bathroom door and kitchen counters by then… You know, just the little things. 😉
Below are pictures from the past couple of weeks. As you can see, the house has come quite a long ways! Visit our ministry blog (link to the right) to see LOTS of pictures! We’ve also attended a social (that’d be us dressed as crazy animals – a squirrel and a dove), and a brand new nephew was born into the family last Thursday. I’ve also included a picture of our house, taken Saturday. It looks a little different, but not much. We call it “Monster House” because, especially at dusk, it looks like the house from that movie. Below are pictures of our nephew, Esten, with Brian’s big brother, Jeremy, and our niece, Denali, with Brian’s little brother, Scott.