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Indiana Elvis

Thursday, March 29, 2007

I met Elvis briefly in Lima in 04, but got to know him better and bond with him when we went by boat to visit churches along the Puinahua river in the rain forest region of Peru in June 06. Nothing like sharing experiences to get closer! He is a willing worker, as he showed when he helped to haul on the boat along muddy banks, and carried huge heavy bags of clothing to give away in humbe villages. As a youth pastor, he had faced numerous discouragements and trials, and Pastora Sabina told me she was concerned about him when we returned to Lima. He's taking a sabbatical from being youth pastor. I hadn't seen much of him till my birthday party, and I left a letter for him, encouraging him, and Sabina told me it did the trick. He was eager to come along on the trip to Cusco, and we joked about him being "Indiana Elvis" (having been a big fan of the movies). I bequeathed him my oversized heavy leather coat, and got him a broad brimmed leather hat to complete the ensembel, to his great delight. All he needs now is a whip! Elvis is a big jokester, and an enthusiastic worshiper.


Foreman, el hijo mas caro

Monday, March 26, 2007

When his mother Marleni and I started our correspondence in 1992, her kids joined in - Foreman being the eldest. I learned that his father deserted the family soon after Marleni committed herself to Christ, leaving Foreman at 14 to help provide and care for his 4 younger siblings. He is accustomed to hard work! When I met him face to face in 97, we became better acquainted, and he helped my youngest daughter Cass with her report about Peru. We kept in touch, and in 2003 when I returned to Peru for pastor Hugo's wedding, Foreman came from his missionary work with Youth With A Mission (Y-WAM, JuCUM in Spanish) in the border city of Leticia in Colombia. We renewed and strengthened our friendship and as I got to know him better I not only did what I could to contribute to his missionary work, I tried to involve others as well. After he got married in 2005, I was able to bring him stateside (paying his airfare, besides the travel to the embassy in Lima and the cost of the interview for the visa) He made some good friends and was able to share his vision with others. Since he was staying with me during those 6 weeks, we got to know each other much better, and really bonded. Now he acts just like one of my own kids, comfortable enough to tease me when I make mistakes in Spanish (though he'll admit my Spanish is better than his English). When I returned to Peru in 06, while I was in Iquitos I stayed with his mother (he lives right next door) and had more time with him and his growing family. And I brought him to the states again in time for Thanksgiving. He loves Wegman's and Walmart's!
He tells me if I MUST "adopt" more sons and daughters, I'd better make it clear to them that he's the eldest! And I joke that he is my most expensive, because I invest in his work as a missionary with JuCUM, as well as sharing his vision to develop a Christian camp 10 minutes' walk from his house. When I retire or am widowed, I plan to move to Iquitos and live with him - he's built a room for me - and his mom who lives next door...that's how much a family they are to me!


My number one Peruvian Son, Foreman

Sunday, March 25, 2007

He's featured in the photos right now. I gotta go to work, so I'll add more later about how we met and how he came to be my number one (and most expensive) son!


we battle not against flesh and blood

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Although it seems like it sometimes!
But having recently finished a mission trip to Peru to do some spiritual warfare at Machu Picchu, when I perused today's spotlighted Spark Page, I was disturbed to read the blog about Mayans "spiritually cleansing" after Bush's visit. We ARE in a war, and the question of the generation is "Whom will you worship?" God have mercy on Guatemala and raise up His intercessors to reclaim the high places!

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LADYBUGNOREEN 3/24/2007 6:12PM

    I came to your Spark Page because you made a comment on mine, concerning what I said in the Daily Reflections Blog. You said that you are or were a high School Special Ed teacher.

Wow, you must be a Christian! I am glad that you found me. We are sure seeing more and more that we are not in a battle against flesh and blood. I would only add that not only must we remember this but we must remember who wins the battle in the end and that we cannot fight this battle without God's help.

As for me and my house we will worship the Lord. We can't afford to just stay in our houses either we must witness to our neighbors. We may not all be called to go abroad but we are all called. What have I done to fulfill the "Great Commission today?"

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INFUSION413 3/24/2007 2:25PM

    Oh my... yes. Talk about backwards!! I hope Bush cleanses himself from THEM! They likely felt covicted and wanted rid of what was good because they don't recognize a good spirit when they see it. In our 40 days of prayer with our church, the armor of God verses have come up a lot and the one you references is one that sticks out in my mind more than ever. Keep writing, and God bless you.

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Diddle diddle dumpling, my son Jhon

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Yes, it's spelled JHon, and I think that's to indicate that it has the English pronunciation of the J as opposed to the Latino, soft or fricative H.
I met Jhon the first time when I was in Lima with Pastor Hugo in 2004 for a week. He was friendly, eager to practice his English on me. I gave out my e-mail address to loads of people, and he is one with whom I have frequent opportunity to chat. So when I saw him again in Iquitos in 2006, it was a happy reunion. I got to know him better as we experienced the rigors of the missionary trip down the Puinahua River to visit churches in the villages of Uralina, Nuevo Kuwait, Jorge Chavez, Atun Poza, San Juan de Paucar, and Bretaņa. Unfortunately, the bugs seemed to find him particularly tasty! He and the other 2 lads with us, Elvis and Cesar, became fondly known as the "Soldados de Barro", Soldiers of Mud, or Mud Soldiers, for their adventures of slogging through it to get into and out of the canoe and hauling it when the motor ran out of oil. Jhon had some additional adventures when he fell in the pond while trying to wash his clothes.
The Lord has led me to invest in his life further by paying $85 monthly for him to go to a business institute to learn computer graphics in hopes of getting a good career to help out his family. Jhon plays guitar and is active in the music ministry, and tells me he is also writing some worship songs. He likes to sing them to the Lord when he's alone in the house.
He turned 23 on Feb 27th, and I gave him a baseball cap - he collects those and visors.

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BRENDA2007 3/22/2007 6:40PM

    That is such a worthy use of your resources. The money for Jhon's education will continue to bless that family for years to come. I hope you are intending to write a book some day with all of your memories of Peru and how the Lord worked it out for you to be there. These are marvelous stories!

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