Saturday, June 23, 2007
My thanks to all who have been praying ... keep it up!
Sonia got me to the airport at 130, and my 420 flight left at 530, thus missing my 620 Chciago connection BUT I was put on the wait list for the 705, and JUST made that walking at a good pace! Got to Miami ontime JUST for the Lima flight...which was delayed because they couldn´t get the cargo door closed. So I got to Lima an hour later than they anticipated ...I´m just noticing these Peruvian keyboards do different things with thieir punctuation...anyway, Foreman true to form was my most expensive son. By God´s grace and favor instead of charging $100 for his new weedwhacker being oversized AND $100 for being excess baggage, they only charged for the excess and let it go at that. This made up for the tariff I had to pay as I declared the thing...$140. Then I just had to pay extra for weight to Iquitos from the box I was bringing him with the extra blades...not to mention his wine.
Abel, his sister Cristina, and Pastora Lorenza with baby Shelley were waiting patiently for me at the airport, since I don´t know when. I treated to coffee and tea at one of the cafes and we visited a bit. Then Abel called Foreman to get Clay´s phone number, and Foreman gave Clay a call to go get me at the airport. BUT FIRST I had to go to Lan to get my ticket for Iquitos. Abel joined me, to pre'checkin. And it turned out Foreman had managed to change my flight to be same as Abel´s, and while getting my ticket I asked to be put by him ' so we´ll be traveling together after all, and arriving in the afternoon instead of late night. But I think instead of going to this big event Forema´s helping with, I´ll just relax with Marleni at home.
Meanwhile, I´m spending some time with Clay and Barbara and notqyuite 3 yr old Efrain. Abi, Barb and Clay thank you for the clothes. And thank you all who prayed for the difficulties she was having during pregnancy. I brought her some prenatal vitamins, and some children´s vits for Ef. I had a lunch of Lucuma yogurt ' a fruit with a pit similar to an avocado, but orange in color...very nice flavor, different. Before leaving their home I´ll impart a blessing. Clay´s new apt is near their old, just bigger, and they hold cell meetings there. He was showing Efrain talking about the Bible pictures ' Jesus, Moses, Noah, David and Goliath. Being trained up in the way he should go.
My right knee is bothering me, did something to it somehow and so now it´s reminding me that I may be more fit but I´m not any younger. So, you all can pray for that.
But anyway, again, praise God for Hiis grace and favor with American Airlines for dropping one charge so that I could pay a different one elsewhere, and for helping me to make that connecting flight to Lima. I did have phone numbers in case I missed it, so I could tell people change. But thank you all who responded to Ansel´s call for prayer, and thanks be to God for His mercy. Even so, I found myself at peace ' God is in control, and this is an adventure.
Friday, June 22, 2007
I got home from school yesterday all tired...but WIRED. I KNEW I wasn't going to be able to nap until I had somewhat finalized my packing. (I still ended up shuffling things from carry-on to Iquitos box to Lima box to carry-on). Of course I can't leave behind Foreman's cheese, chocolate, and wine!
I took 2 tylenol-pm around 10 to help me sleep, and got up as usual around 5. Sonia is coming around 12:30 to get me to the airport, bless her heart. The real challenge will be the 6 foot long bushwhacker for Refugio. Mental check - have prescriptions (eyedrops for ocular hypertension, pills for malaria, cipro in case)...I've got 2 exercise dvd's and my resistance band...
When I get to the airport in Lima I'll be met by Sabina (with my hammock for the boat trip) and Abel, who'll keep me company for a while before Clay comes for me. I plan to go through the Liima box a bit, to give Sabina her surprise - a mug with a picture of me and her kids Moises and Ruth, and half of Al (poor cropping!); and to get stuff out for Clay (I put some bags in there to hold the stuff) - the special hat Al is sending to Moises by way of encouragement. The other things can wait until I get back to Lima.
For those of you who are offering prayer support, always ALWAYS ask for the anointing of the Lord. I want to be His vessel, transparent so His glory and power can be seen;that HIS word would come forth in every setting.
I'll probably post again Saturday afternoon aftera nap at Clay's.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
It's 3 days before I leave for Peru. I've bought all I'm going to buy, and will finalize packing Thursday night (okay, probably last minute adjustments Friday when I get home from school). I'm bringing workout dvd's and resistance band, trusting that I WILL continue my cardio and strength routine at LEAST in part. The trip on the river during first week will be the main obstacle - but at least I won't be snacking, and I'll be eating a lot of fish (note to self - do NOT eat that fruit that gives the runs! such "purging" is NOT a good way to lose weight!) Hm, I wonder how many calories in alligator?
I hope to get to the internet some time Saturday after my arrival in Lima. I'm sure I can pursuade Clay to take me, especially if I pay for a cabina for HIM.I probably will not use precious time tracking - but I WILL be posting, especially Peru news.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Although I didn't get rid of more pounds as I'd hoped prior to my trip, I've at least maintained and am happy that I'm ten less than when my Peruvian friends last saw me. So that's SOMETHING. And being there, I'll have less temptations - less OPPORTUNITY - to go over. Love that fish!
So, I've changed my photos to reflect a little about what I'll be doing, where I'll be going, whom I'll be seeing. Of course all the pix are from the past - when I get back from Peru, I'll put in some fresh ones, and y'all can see the change! I'm looking forward to working out by practicing with Yeli and the youth group of Nueva Vision. I'll bring down my exercise dvd's and resistance band. My schedule shouldn't be QUITE as full as last year's, since I have taken a little more control of it (and I have Foreman watching out for my best interests!) so I should be able to do my workout.
NINE DAYS! I can hardly wait!
Thursday, May 31, 2007
Lately in the daily reflections we've frequently discussed our power to affect others and the world around us. So, since it's been a while since I changed my pix, I figured I'd focus on that. The gallery shows progressive pix from the 5 week mission trip to Peru in June and July of 06, a couple of "my boy" Foreman while he was visiting in November last year, and then some from the trip to Peru in February. So you can see me goiing from 230 to 195.
The 3 pix on my page feature 3 of my spiritual sons - other blogs speak in detail of them. But they are an example of people in whose lives I have invested - mostly with time and love, but Foreman has also received financial investment for his work as youth pastor and missionary in Peru.
The gallery shows pix from different opportunities the Lord brought my way to extend my influence - a few days on Christian radio in Iquitos, which incuded an interview and the opportunity to share from the word about the power of God's love; meeting Peru's reknowned Pastora Pilar Cueto in Chiclayo, who invited me - ME! - to sit at a table of civic and spiritual leaders of that city at the opening of a fair of businesswomen, and to share something on her radio program via telephone from Lima. There are pix of me with friends and spiritual sons and daughters, to whom I write regularly via snail mail and with some of whom I chat online, frequently giving counsel in the Lord, or just building them up in love.
One of Foreman's sayings is "Soy un hombre ordinario haciendo cosas extraordinarias." Well, I'm an ordinary person, doing extraordinary things...through my extraordinary God.
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