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From Iquitos

Monday, June 25, 2007

Well, When we arrived in Iquitos, I didn┤t want to pay a porter to lug our stuff so between me and abel we hauled our luggage out to the curb where Foreeman was waiting. Hearing his characteristic whistle, I called to him , Toma tu bendita maquina = take your blessed machine! because the bushwhacker, while not very heavy, at 6 feet long was a rather cumbersome piece. I went in the motokar driven by a friend from church who┤s known Foreman for a long time, with all the luggage, and Abel rode on the back of Fore┤s motorcycle. We got to his house long enough to unload, and so I could give Marleni a warm greeting, but Foreman wanted to take me to the event - Festival of the Rivers - where some teams from the states had invested, what did Fore say, a half million or more dollars, to haul all the sound equipment and such. Anyway, I made a couple of brief clips so when I load it to Photobucket yßll can get an idea of the number of people, the roar of the crowd. We didn┤t stay the whole time, as Yeli was there with beby Emanuel who began to get fussy, so the now 5 of us went to Kikiriki, a polleria (Kikiriki being the onomatopeia for the crowiing sound a rooster makes) for pollo a la braza, and choice of fries or platanos. I chose fries for a change, and was perty hungry by then. Not sure what time we got home, but it was a little hard to sleep due to festival noises - the feast of San Juan, a lot of music, dancing, debauchery...There┤s a lot of construction under way around Fore┤s neighborhood, modern street and sewer system being put in place, so the street┤s closed and one has to pick a careful footpath around things. I may not need to use my exercise dvd┤s with the walking I┤ve gotten in.
The next morningAbel and I went with Marleni to her church, Vida Abundante, managed by missionaries Bruce and Gal Unterschuetz, who weren┤t there but daughter in law and granddaughter were. Still, some familiar faces. After a little lunch of juanes - traditional meal for the fiesta de san juan , a leaf-wrapped bundle of seasoned rice with chicken, an egg, and olives, plus a traditional drink of slightly fermented corn and wheat flour mixed in water - I forget what they call it - then the 3 of us went to visit the paralitic in whose home we had rented a room when Hugo had gotten married in 2003. I had maintained contact with Ray by internet, and he was delighted to have us come to visit. Prayer request: that a whelelchair may be obtained for him so he can get out of the house. Then we went on to visit Reina, an intercessor from Marleni┤s church who has a tumor which doctors are not agreed upon for what to do, surgery or no, so she┤s waiting on the Lord.You can pray for her too!
In the evening Abel and I joined Fore at his church, Nueva Vision, and it was wonderful to greet freinds again .Praise and worship was loud and lively, Junior in the lead, and the message Foreman preached from John 15:1-5 was very good. Afterwards we went to Kikiriki where I treated again, this tiime not only Fore, me, Yeli, and Abel, but also Levy (formerly of Vida Abundante, now from Pucallpa, also staying at Fore┤s) and Dany ( formerly from VA, now serving through YWAm in Ecuador, but withFore to help organize a youth event for end of July - another son) and his mother, and pasotr Jorge Utia and wife Sonia from Fore┤s church - besides bringing a couple of dinners home for Marleni and Iris. But it was only about 40 dollars.I told Fore I┤ve spent more on just 3 of us at Red Lobster.
This morning I woke hearing Fore discussing plans with someone - on rising I found it was Esli, son of the late pastor who hadinterviewed me on radio in 03. I┤d invited him to join us on the river, and Fore was explaining why HE (Fore) would not be coming - besides finishing up biz after the big stadium event, he┤s got people working on his house and wants to be sure he can oversee to make sure it┤s done right - and since I┤ll have 2 sons with me to look after me, and his mother, and Levy, and Johel, he figured I was in good hands. And, good administrator as he is, he delegated some things to Esli, who is also very capable. I┤ll be combining some English lessons with visitation , as both Esli and Abel want to practice and review. Presently Fore has dropped me off here at the cabina while he shops for necessities for the trip, and then we┤ll go home for lunch befor leaving for the port. We┤ll be leaving this afternoon, and should be back Sat.
Pray-ers, pray for health and safety, because these are more at risk in less modern conditions, but also for God┤s power and anointing as HE brings forth His wrd, through whatever vessel He chooses in each place we visit. All 3 of the men with me are musical...that┤s good. UM...oh, and pray for Emanuel, who┤s had some bronchial issues - very phlegmy, passed a rough night.
Till next week!

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MARCY3373 6/29/2007 9:13AM

    Shel, Praying for everyone's safety. What a wonderful adverture. And I love you blue poncho, BTW...Had to throw that in somewhere. Godspeed.

Marcy, Bflo

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    Praying for you, sweetie!

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COOKIEHAWK77 6/25/2007 11:56AM

    Did I see the word "y'all"? Are you from southern New York? It sounds like you are having a great time. I pray God will use you and bless you abundantly! Carol

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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.

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GRAMMIE4 6/26/2007 12:40PM

    Shel - Will be praying for you on your mission ... that is good news about the weed wacker.


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CHASENBUSTER 6/24/2007 2:55PM

    Shel, I am so excited for you! I know you will have a wonderful visit. I will continue to keep you in and everyone on your trip in my prayers.


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Yes, the adventure begins. My prayer is that you will learn as much or more than you give! May the Lord teach everyone something new everyday!

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_KARA_ 6/23/2007 12:51PM

    That's one expensive weedwhacker!! Better engrave his name on it, LOL.


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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.

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IMANI4000 6/21/2007 9:19AM

    Que Dios te bendiga en tu viaje, mi amiga!!!!

I hopa all goes well for you on this trip -- I'm so proud of you going again, you really do so much for the people of Peru. I know the blessings are coming back 100 fold to you and your household.

Be blessed, my friend!

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NO_DISTRACTIONS 6/20/2007 11:19PM

    I would like to pray for your to have journey mercies on your traveling to Peru. May the Lord bless you time there and also the people with you. We look forward to you coming back and sharing with us at Putting Christ in first place in our lives.

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    Looking forward to hearing about it! :D

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Great Expectations

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!

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    Whoohoo for you! :D

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