Friday, July 11, 2014
Tuesday there had been some rain, so Papi did not expect anyone to come to home meetng - the mud can be very daunting. BUT, sister Rosa came anyway, and the four of us - my n-laws, Rosa, and myself - had ourselves a good study. A Little later the pastor dropped by to confirm our date with sister Carolyn from the US, who is a missionary to a local tribe. She arrived Wed. by motokar in front of our house and paid for the 2 motokars to take us to Yarinacocha - Levi came on his motorcycle - to a restaurant called Maloka. I was actually going to load some pix, but forgot my cable - so, when I get to Lima! It was a lovely place, and priced for tourists. No way would a self-respecting Peruvian pay 30 soles for one meal! But Carolyn treated us - I opted for Majas, which is like a wild peccary, since I'd never had it. It was delicious, very tender, served with fried yucca and maduros (sweet plantains),. We drank passion fruit juice, which I haven't had in ages!
Thursday Ma and I walked tomy sis-in-law Marita's house, just a few blocks. It was overcast so I didn't roast. Had a nice visit with her and nephew Abel, who loved to pepper me with questions about the US and NY, and which I was happy to answer. Saw a cute wee toady no bigger than my fingernail on the way home!
Levi and I have had some good conversations about possibilities and options. for travel and ministry.
I was glad to see my last pay was good enough to let my DD cash a check I left for her. But I do have a concern about my World MasterCard which I haven't used yet, but the account showed $75 against it. It MAY be a start up fee, I don't know. I am going to call the bank when I return home - not NEW YORK home, but PUCALLPA home.
Ma is hosting the women's ministry meeting at 2 today (after we've had lunch, which I believe is fish.)
I will leave my cargo shorts here to be given away because they are too LOOOOOOOOSE on me! Will also give my sandals to a sister in Christ whom they fit quite nicely, as she has same problema I do, finding good shoes that fit my big wide feet.
I have taken pix of various flora in my walk with Papi because my sisters always takes such nice nature shots!
No ministerig per se, except to bless Levi with massages after a hard day of work and keep up with his laundry. Even ironed for him once! Now THAT is LOVE!
Thanks for prayers! I leave for Lima on the 14th.
Sunday, July 06, 2014
So, My brother in law Victor was over onThurs. I think he may have taken us to the market - I'd have to consult my journal for details. But anyway, he gave his pastor a call when we got home and introduced us on the phone, and then as we were having lunch his pastor called him back and asked him to pass on to me the invitation to speak to the women's group that night. Well, hey, I'm a missionary..."Lista" ready! So he picked me up and his daughter Carmen and his mother in law sat up front with me. Since it's a "Missionary Alliance" church I spoke about missions, starting with "Who wants to be a missionary?" Very few hands. I gave the good news and the bad news - we are ALL missionaries. But we don't all have to go very far to represent Christ. Anyway, it was a blessing for me to be able to share from the word - one of my favorite things to do! The pastora said that it was a surprise for them - as it was for me - as their original speaker had to cancel. I forgot my camera, but niece Carmen came through for me .
I went with the parents, uncle and aunt to church today, where we had communion. Afterwards I greeted fellow gringo missionaries, and we've been invited to go to a restaurant for lunch on Wednesday (we = Papi, Mami, and I, and Levi if he can switch his hours).
I have become interested in the World Cup games. For one thing, soccer is a lot easier to follow than American football! I root for the latino teams, but so far they've failed when I've rooted for them. Maybe I should root for the team I DON'T want to win?
I have some interesting pix but I think I,ll wait till I,m in Lima to download them. One is a big flattened toad...also have some pix of me with my honey. Levi and I have had some good talks about plans and visions. It's been a good several days so far.Anyway, again thanks for your prayers! It's a bit harder to get to the internet here in Pucallpa. When I am in Lima, it'll be easier.
Thursday, July 03, 2014
After a long trip with various delays, I made it to Lima. And despite my telling my friends to sleep in, they couldn't wait to see me, and had arrived at the ariport between 1 and 2 in the morning, whereas I didn't arrive until 4:30, and then had to go through customs besides! However, I was so delighted to see them - pastors Jorge and Sabina,their daughter Ruth, my "son" Jhon, sister Teresa, and her grandson Abraham. I treated them to a breakfast of Papa Joh's Hawaiian pizza, foregoing myself, having already eaten on the plane. After spending an outrageous 5 soles on a bottle of water, we decided to go outside of the airport to get cheaper (1.5 soles) - although I kept distant so that they wouldn´t try to charge more for the gringuita! Later when I was hungry, I didn´t want to pay airport prices, so Sabi and Teresa went out and bought me 2 nice sandwiches and papaya juice for only 3.75 soles.
It was a long wait - my next flight to Pucallpa was not until 8 pm,. They were willing to spend a lot more time with me, but I finally chased them home. Then I waited till about 1:30 before finally going to the gate - the chairs there were more comfortable. I felt badly, in case any other family mmbers tried to join me after that. Well, Levi met me at the airport in Pucallpa, along with his niece's husband Carlín who drove us in the motokar. I was quite hungry so we stopped at a chifa/pollería to get some chicken. At my Pucallpa home, Leví's sis Marita, her daughter Erika, and Erika and Carlín's 2 boys were waiting with Papí and Mamí. Leví hadn't eaten yet either, so we chowed down. We all greeted each other, and then they left. During the night the temperature fell with the rain, so it got chilly enough to make sleeping easier. And Sunday it continued cold and rainy. I took a couple of good naps. Papí, Leví and I have gotten into the word. Did some grocery shopping Monday, my bro-in-law Victor driving me in his motokar with Mamí and Leví's son Josué. On onday I also used his cousin Camilo's computer, right next door. I downloaded a bunch of pix, and just wanted to make a quick post to facebook and my bogspot so as not to be a nuisance.
Tuesday we had home meeting Bible study,with Pastor Decimo from the church Manantial de Vida here in Pucallpa. Papito introduced me to the 3 others who attended (the Pastor was surprised and delighted to see me again), and asked me first to share some scripture, and then some of my testimony as a missionary. As folks were leaving, the elder sister grabbed my face in her hands and gave me a kiss and thanked me for sharing my testimony. I have been walking with Papi in the mornings, and having devotional times with him 2-4 times a day, as well as times with Levi. Every time we discuss the scriptures and pray together, it just makes me fall more in love with him, seeing his heart for the Lord.
My hip bothers me a lot, but I am managing.
The evenings have been comfortable, not overly hot. We did have some cold ones - bear in mind, this is in the rain forest region, usually very hot. So it was unusual to have to wear y warm fuzzy pants and hoody and a blanket to bed! But cooler nights are easier for sleeping. No climate controlled rooms in the house here!
I have been contributing to the support of my in-laws by helping to purchase goods for the bodega. Today I will go with Mai and Levis son Josue to get a large sack of sugar and a box of coffee packets. I also join Mami in the cooking - we are learning each others recipes. Excuse the punctuation - keys here do not always coincide with keys there! I am such a gramar nazi myself it bugs me. Where is the question mark !
I am going to be getting together with niece Erika to plan an event such as we had in 2012. I hope we can pull off 2 before I return to Lima on the 14th. I will not post much from Pucallpa, but you will hear more from me when I am in Lima. Thank you for prayers.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Well, tomorrow is the big day when I take off for my summer in Peru. Coincidentally this morning, The Good, Clean Funnies List sent me something that had to do with travel. I figured I'd share it here along with some others in my "good jokes" folder:
A passenger on a Southwest flight says that he once faced a flight delay just before they boarded.
A flight attendant picked up the microphone and announced:
"We're sorry for the delay. The machine that normally rips the handles off your luggage is broken, so we're having to do it by hand. We should be finished and on our way shortly."
Wayne was returning home from a business trip, bags in hand,
and slowly making his way to his vehicle in the crowded
airport garage. Suddenly a large dark car screeched to a
stop in front of Wayne, and the driver pointed menacingly at
him. "Get in," the driver ordered. "I'll take you to your
Startled, Wayne took a step backward. "Ah ... no thanks," he
answered. "I can get there myself."
"No!" the man barked back as he threw open his passenger
side door. "Get In!"
Wayne's eyes now darted around the garage, hoping to find a
Just then, the driver's face softened. "Please," he said,
"I've been driving up and down for two hours. I can't find a
space to park and I want yours."
Air Traffic (out of) Control
During a taxi, the crew of a US Air departure flight to Ft.
Lauderdale made a wrong turn and came nose-to-nose with a
United 727. The irate ground controller (a female) lashed
out at the US Air crew screaming, "US Air 2771, where are
you going? I told you to turn right on 'Charlie' taxi way;
you turned right on 'Delta.' Stop right there. I know it's
difficult to tell the difference between a C and a D, but
get it right."
Continuing her lashing to the embarrassed crew, she was now
shouting hysterically, "You've screwed everything up; it'll
take forever to sort this out. You stay right there and
don't move until I tell you to. You can expect progressive
taxi instructions in about a half hour, and I want you to go
exactly where I tell you, when I tell you, and how I tell
you. You got that, US Air 2771?"
Naturally, the "ground control" frequency went terribly
silent until an unknown male pilot broke the silence and
asked, "Wasn't I married to you once?"
Sal the Pilot
Sal, a pilot for a major airline, carries his running
clothes in a backpack, freeing his hands for his luggage. On
one trip, he told me, he noticed passers-by grinning at him
in the terminal. Sal smiled back. Maybe some of them were on
my last flight, he thought.
His ego was brimming until he got to the cockpit and stowed
his bags. That's when he saw the "Parachute" sign his
co-workers had stuck to his backpack.
At the airport for a business trip, I settled down to wait
for the boarding announcement at Gate 35.
Then I heard the voice on the public address system saying,
"We apologize for the inconvenience, but Delta Flight 570
will board from Gate 41."
So my family picked up our luggage and carried it over to
Gate 41. Not ten minutes later the public address voice told
us that Flight 570 would in fact be boarding from Gate 35.
So again we gathered our carry-on luggage and returned to
the original gate.
Just as we were settling down, the public address voice
spoke again: "Thank you for participating in Delta's
physical fitness program."
May all YOUR travels be happy!
Saturday, June 21, 2014
It was in 2006 when I discovered that the Jorge Chavez airport in Lima, Peru had a Papa John's.
Back up a bit to one day when one of my "sons", Jhon, (here with me in 2007)
had given me a bit of his pizza leftover from Dominos (yes, there is a Dominos in Peru as well! That night after a church service, I was telling my hosts that I really had a hankering for pizza, if they knew where we could go. Rogger said he knew a place in Miraflores where one could get pizza. So I think it was Sabi, Jorge, Rogger, Leydy, and Cesar at LEAST who crammed into the back of the cab, and let me take the front seat by the driver. I treated us to a couple of Peruvian style pizzas and soda, and we were out late-late late. But it wasn't the same as the pizzas to which I am accustomed here. So, forward again to the airport, seeing Papa John's, I invited my send-off committee to try an American pizza.
When I returned to Peru in February the next year, when Ps. Al and I left Lima for Cuzco, Sabi and Abel accompanied us to the airport, and I was going to treat to pizza again - only Ps. Al picked up the tab.
So NOW it was becoming a tradition. Lima sendoffs were accompanied with Pizza.
When I returned in the summer of 2007, it was Abel, Sabi, and her two kids Moises and Ruth who saw me off.
(Ruth had a sad countenance because I was leaving. Sweety!)
Again in 2008, a "party" accompanied me to the airport to see me off, and I got us pizza. It was hard for ME to keep a smile as 2 of "my boys" Jhon and Elvis gave me a farewell hug.
I had to wait 3 years before we enjoyed pizza together again, with a different group seeing me off - Jorge, Sabi, and Tito...
Jose, Ronal, and Andy...
Maximo (Ronal's father), Lucia, and Evelyn...
Julia (Maximo's wife)
and Santosa (Evelyn's mom)
Then in 2012, another farewell pizza party
Of course, they didn't just see me off. I've had various welcoming committees as well. I think the largest was in 2008, when 11 people were there. Sabi said they arrived around MIDNITE for my 4:30 arrival, and just more or less partied all night.
But this year I wasn't expecting any. I explained to my friends in Lima that I'd just hang out at the airport from my early morning arrival until my evening flight to Pucallpa, thinking to save them the time and expense of extra trips to the airport. But Ps. Jorge told me they've marked it on the calendar, and such people as don't have to work or study are going to come to the airport to wait a while with me, so I wouldn't be all alone for so many hours. He suggested I could even leave the one suitcase, which I packed specifically with things for the folks in Lima, so I needn't lug it back and forth with me between Lima and Pucallpa. So I just took out some sweatpants and a turtleneck for the possible cool day and put them in my carryon.
I don't think I'm the only one counting the days till my return!
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