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Friday, July 13, 2007

I forgot to mention that yesterday morning before going anywhere, Fore and I walked to Refugio (and I must say I┤m pleased with how far I┤ve come in fitness to trod uphill and down without feeling winded) where between the two of us we made some clips showing the progress and explaining the vision. Will eventually post this to You Tube at my sister Leigh┤s suggestion, as well as try to get something enhanced with music and whatnot - presentation IS important.

Well, the host church remembered and got me (and Abel). The pastor, Wilber Salas, had worked with another missionary previously, so he knew Marleni and Foreman. Anyway, off we went to Branza de Dios, and it was in a section where for whatever reason the electricity was out. We strolled with care over the dark dirt roads, passing various candle lit abodes, till we came to the church where a sister stood outside holding a candle to show the way.

Abel and I sat in front, and during the praise and worship, it sounded like there were many more people than there were in actuality, by the strength and passion of the voices. It wazs fitting that the pastor shared from Matthew about us being the light of the world, and when I went up to speak, I expanded upon that, pointing out how often we think we┤re not much of anything, but look what great influence even one little candle has against the surrounding darkness. Yet we need to be intimately connected to the power source, be it electricity , parafin, or oil - ours of course is Christ Jesus, the Vine without whom we as branches can do nothing.

The host pastor for Saturday was also there, so he knows where to get me; he┤s going to try to coordinate with the other pastor who signed up for that date so they could join up for the evening.

Once again, by the time we got home around 9:30 I was ready to call it a night (haqving spent that day at Quistacocha), but I stayed up till 10 to record in my journal (it┤s not a good idea to wait to long - I forget too easily!)

Today is Fore┤s sister Veronica┤s birthday, so we┤ll be lunching at home. No evening plans - Esl˝i will probably come over and we┤ll chill. There is the benefit event for Omar┤s baby┤s surgery. Foreman told me some people of influence and money in their church got together on Omar┤s behalf and the surgery will be all paid for. Thank you for your prayers on the family┤s behalf!

Other matters for prayer:
There┤s another piece of property adjoinig Refugio that would square it off nicely, which the owner is willing to sell to Fore for $300. Pray for funding. (God has His ways)
Also concerning a possible trip to China with JuCUM (Latin Youth With A Mission) - Fore┤s director would like him (and Yeli if possible) to go to China with a group in the fall. On top of that is Fore┤s desire to get a work visa (green card) so he can personally earn money to invest in Refugio (this is his desire for the upcoming year.)
For myself, just this stupid knee, and also a slight touch of diarrhea (may be something I ate).
Other thatn that, having a great time! Thanks for prayers!


How Excellent Are His Ways

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Well, let┤s see...Went to the radio station with Foreman and Abel Wednesday morning. I used notes from a teaching I┤d given in a few churches in 2004, called ALEGRIA (happiness, in Spanish), taking each letter to describe things to do for happiness. Agradecimiento, gratitude,Leer, Read the Bible; Edificar, edify others; Gozate, rejoice in the LORD; Recordar, Remember all He┤s done for you and also where you were BEFORE knowing Him; Invertir, invest in the Kingdom of God; and Alabar, Praise Him - because He inhabits our praises, and there is fullness of joy in His presence. Each section was followed by a bit of music. Foreman, scanning my notes, nodded hihs approval, and told me he was going to use them some time.

After spending 40 minutes thus, we went to breakfast. The Plaza de Armas was crowded with protesters - I had received notice of the possibility from Al...all peaceful, no problems.After breakfast, we went to look for a battery recharger. I thought Fore had one, but last year I had brought MINE and he used his converter to plug it in. So I got one for him to keep, because my batteries - though I had charged them up before the trip - had lost their charges. Frustrating! So, I┤m all charged up again. Yay.

Then we went to the internet a while, and returned home so Abel and I could join Marleni at Intercessor Erlinda┤s for lunch. But Marleni was delayed, waiting in lines to do something or other (which is why it was Fore and not she who accompanied me to MIC). So I flopped a while, and when she got home the 3 of us took a motokar driven by a brother from the church. Had chicken and rice, but my appetite was down from the heat, and I think the cafe con leche was a little too much on my system at breakfast time.Prior to heading home we stopped to greet a neighbor intercessor, and she prevailed on me to greet her bed-ridden husband, so I prayed for him and departed with a bendicion.

We got home and Esli was there. But I had to practice the choreography with Yeli and the other girls (tho they hadn┤t arrived yet, so Yeli and I worked solo a while). So Esli and Abel chilled together a while.

I┤m so glad that these 2 lads have had this opportunity to know each other, sharing the expeerience of the river trip; they also have similar interests and talents. Esli┤s brother lives in Lima not too far fromAbel, so I know the contact will continue. I had origianlly thought I┤d be building more relationships among the youth from Foreman┤s church, but as the Lord would have it, much of my free time has been spent in the company of these 2 young men, who enjoy my company immensely - even when I┤m not taking them out to dine! But they┤re great companions.

Well, after sweating with Yeli and the girls for a while, I bathed and went with my two boys to the Plaza (Foreman: Where are you going? Me:the Plaza. Fore: What are you going to do? Why? - I dunno...) Well, we got a motokar driven by a bro from Fore┤s church, Hernan, and were dropped off at the Boulevard, because it was too early to go to a restaurant. We strolled and sat and chatted. Then Esli noticed a couple of missionaries with whom he had worked in Arequipa in the south of Peru. He introduced us, and I had a great conversation with Rick, and we shared about our ministries, and he expressed interest in hearing more about Refugio. He has a home for girls in Arequipa, and you could see what a great heart he had for the children who crowded around us with their wares. He bought some candies, but also sent me with 2 girls with a sol each to get them something to eat, as they hadn┤t had anything that day...Abel accompanied me at my request, and I went with them to a vendor where they got a huge plate of rice and an egg each. FYI, 1 sol is worth about 33 cents...I usually figure a third of a dollar. Well, I got Rick┤s email, and then the lads and I strolled to the plaza to sit and visit while we waited for the restaurant to open at 6:30.

We went to the pizza place, but we ordered a dish of ravioli, a 4 cheese calzone, and a pizza, and split it all 3 ways, washed down with Sangria. Some more walking, going to the artisan market afterwards. I got a bracelet for Cass, and an armadillo keyring (carved from an aguaje pit) for Abel. We strolled along a few blocks after that to get a better price on a motokar home. Closer to the Plaza they wanted to charge 6 soles, and I didn┤t want to pay more than 3 or 3.5. We got one for 3, and went home - then I gave Esli a few soles for HIS trip home (he was lothe to leave me so soon, which is why he accompanied us to Fore┤s)

I went almost straight to bed at 9:30, and woke at the New Day Dawning Watch (thank you, Al) and so was in prayer for Peru, for the Church here, till I dozed off again. We had a nice unrushed morning and left for Quistacocha as a family - Fore, Marleni, Yeli, Emanuel, Veronica (who helps care for the baby) and Abel and me. When we arrived at the roadside to get a motokar, Dany pulled up oon his motorcycle, and we invited him, too. So Abel, Mar, and I took one motokar, the girls and baby took another, and Fore rode with Dany. We had a great time at the beach, and I told Mar and the others that really, this was the first time in AGES that I┤ve had anything resembling a vacation, a REAL vacation, resting...(and yet, still ministering by being there and giving THEM a treat too). Abel and Dany enjoyed the zoo while the rest of us swam, and we had lunch there - chicken, fish, juanes...and ice cream (not as good as here). A good time was had by all, and Fore and I went downtown together to take care of this business.

If my host church forgets to get me tonight or can┤t find me, the lads and I will hang out at Fore┤s, put in some worship cd┤s and dvd┤s, and enjoy the Lord┤s and each other┤s company.

Prayer Requests:
Funding - for Refugio; for the camp that Nueva Vision will hold for youth at the end of the month (Metamorphosis); for continued work on Fore┤s house (and mine, heehee); for Fore┤s trip to the US next year and all the details thereof.


New and Renewed Friendships

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Mistake - TOMORROW is radio.

Okay, so, after yest afternoon at internet, Abel suggested rather than go home to get Mrleni, HE could navigate us to the market. Well, bear in mind, he┤s not from Iquitos. But then, along came Brandon, Fore┤s friend, and he suggested a place and negotiated a motokar for us. So I got makings for spaghetti dinner for the youth leaders. While cooking, Esli arrived, and when dinner was ready, I served myself, Abel, and Esli, and left Fore and Yeli to take care of the rest when they were ready.

The 3 of us went out afterwards, going to the Plaza de Armas for another hour on the internet. While online, I chatted with my son Cesar in Lima,
and then saw that a friend from the village of Manacamiri, whom I met in 2003, was onliine. I told him where I was, and he said he was 145 minutes away. I told him to come join us , so he did - Guido arrived and we gave each other a BIIIIG HUG, and I introed him to my sons. We finished up at the internet, then took a stroll in the Plaza, Esli and Abel chatting, and me and Guido. Guido has been studying English to teach it, so whenever we┤ve been online we┤ve chatted in English so I could help him practice. We went to an ice cream place and I tried a new flavor at Guiod┤s suggestion (I can get CHOCOLATE ANY time). We sat in the back away from the noise of the street and went back and forth between Spanish and English.

Guido will be going to Lima in October, and staying not too far from where Esli┤s brother Devy lives - which is also not too far from Abel. I┤m glad to see how well Esli and Abel have connected. They┤ve both been on Encuentro┤s, a Christian retreat similar to Rochester Koinonia (similar to Cursillo, to De Colores, Footsteps, Emmaus Walk, etc). There┤s a real communion in spirit among us. So, anyway, emails were excahnged.

I had to tell Esli last night how very sweet it was of him, how much it meant to me, that he went out of his way in his spare time to come and visit me - even when he doesn┤t talk much, he has said he enjoys just BEING with me - "because I feel such peace", the presence of God. What a blessing!

This morning was free, and lazy...I had been wakeful around 3 am, so spent the time in prayer (okay, Al, what watch is THAT?)... so I ended up having a nap early, before Marleni ,Abel and I went to intercessor Consuelo┤s house for a lunch of fish. Then Abel and I got a motokar to the Plaza for the internet, of course, and I got on the IM and was able to chat with my daughter Abi.

You know how when you┤re I M-ing there are odd juxtapositions of conversation. We were discussing our knees, how mine was bugging me, and Abi┤s was too. But her communiques read "I┤m marinating some chicken breasts..." "Mine too". Of course, I knew she was referring to her knee hurting, but I was laughing at the image, and told her, and we were both wiping our eyes from laughing so hard. Still makes me chuckle thinking of it.

So, right now I┤m just going thru mail, IMÝng with one of my Lima sons, (Cesar), and tonight will be preaching, if they remember to come for me and can find the place in the midst of all the road construction. If not, I┤ve got friends and family to keep me occpied. It┤s pleasant - closest thing I┤ve had to a real vacation in a loooooong time, and yet at the same time I┤m ministering to others. How restful to be doing what the Lord wants you to be doing, in His time!

Tomorrow morning is the radio proagram, then lunch with inteercessor Erlinda, then a trip to Quistacocha, this time with Abel, Esli, Marleni, and her daughter Veronica. THIS time I should be able to swim more, without carrying 3-4 boys around ! Evening is free, so we won┤t have to rush.
Hasta luego!

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IMANI4000 7/11/2007 10:45AM

    Good morning, Shel! So glad that your trip is going well -- be blessed, my friend. I thank God that He has put you exactly where you need to be, and that you are getting some rest as well. He takes care of us so well!

Be blessed!

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Making a Difference

Monday, July 09, 2007

Well, continuing from yesterday...Marleni said that, since there wouldn┤t be room for 4 in the motokar to go to the church, she┤d stay home, but I would bring her soemthing from Kikiriki. Now, there has been construction going on all over the place, and so it┤s hard to get to Fore┤s house. Before he and Yeli left for church, we discussed the plan - if my host didn┤t come by 8 (supposed to arrive around 730) Abel and I would join Fore at Nueva Vision. And that┤s what happened. So after church, the FOUR of us (andEmanuel) went to Kiki┤s, and there were a bunch of others from church, and we threw some tables together to extend the fellowship. There was this big guy, Johel, and his wife, who are the fruits of their daughter coming to the Lord at the church┤s camp LAST year (in which some of you participated through donations). BTW, if anyone wants to contribute to THIS year┤s camp, let me know and I┤ll tell you how.

Oh, befrore leaving for the restaurant I spoke to Ysabel, where I was going to go this morning to do drawing with the kids at the Bible institute. But she said they┤d been invited to a paseo (outing) at Quistaccah...Could I come another day? So I pulled out my agenda, and she saw I had written the park┤s name for Thurs and suggested Abel and I go with THEM today. So that┤s what we did.

Fore gave us the address - more or less (wrong intersection but a passerby helped us ) , and when we arrived, as I saw a flurry of activity in the kitchen, I made myself available: Taking bread out of bags for sandwiches, folding napkins (with a boy, Martin, who had a little knowledge of English), assembling lunch bags with apple, 2 sandwiches, yogurt, and candy type snack. ..the extra hands were appreciated. Oh, the institute is an orphanage...there are about 52 boys there. Since Thurs morning is now free, I may return to do the drawing. Meanwhile, when all was ready, we boarded a chartered bus and off we went. The kids in back burst into loud and happy, if a bit offkey, singing - various Christian songs.

I did bring my drawing materials with me, and did a simple drawing of a part of the beach of Quista, which included a sketch of "El Ladron", the thief, a little capuchin monkey who┤s noted for snatching unguarde bottles of gaseosa(soda) such as MINE (I was more intent on protecting my bag and art supplies!) After lunch and finishing the drawing Ysabel and I played a bit in the rain-dampened sand, where I made a large bas-relief elephant (which was later destroyed by the boys in their building of a fortress in miniature). Then I went swimming - sort of - as little boys piled on me and I played "Peque-peque", taking them to various "ports" and losing some to "alligators" bigger boys who pulled them off of me) I got to know a few names. They loved the extra attentions. Abel helped with photos, but also just enjoyed the zoo, and he also had a swim. I also met some from another missionary group, making a friend with a kindred spirit from Alabama (with a modified accent, as she┤s traveled elsewhere, but says she can pour it on when she┤s up north and just charms the Yanks).

We left around 2, and, not wanting to wait for the bus, Abel and I took a motokar to the Plaza de Armas( Junior helped to negotiate a reasonable price for us). When we get back home I┤ll have to go shopping for ingredients for spaghetti for tonight┤s dinner.

Tomorrow morning I return to the radio station to share from the word, so yßll can be praying for that. In the evening I go to another church. Till next time...
Blessings !

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GRAMMIE4 7/10/2007 1:34PM

    Shel -

I love reading of your daily interactions - they are so vivid that I can picture them in my mind and thank you so much for allowing us to be there with you on your mission ...

Love ya'

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SJG1953 7/9/2007 7:23PM

    Shel, It looks as though everything is going well or has turned out okay. I pray the Lord's blessings and favor for you and your 'extended family'. Dear Lord I pray that you would stay close beside Shel and have Your way in all she says and does. Annoint her with Your Holy Spirit and keep her safe and well along with all those in her company. In Jesus Precious Name I ask these things, Amen.
Thanks for all your blogs so that we can 'come along' with you on your journey! (((HUGS))) Shirley

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Catching Up

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Friday after the internet, we ended up not going for Chinese - didn┤t want to take another motokar. Rather, we walked to a restaurant Esli knew (took plastic) called The Yellow Rose of Texas - features Tex Mex as well as regional cooking. Fore told me it┤s about the only restaurant his Arkansas friend Brandon goes to, because he doesn┤t care much for regional cooking.Well, I DO; but I thought it might be fun to offer the guys a taste of stuff from MY country. What we ended up doing was ordering 3 different things and spitting them 3 ways. Abel got the Dorado, a filet of a large fish, very tender, cooked in its own juices in a banana leaf, with fried platanos on the side. I ordered the venison ( native deer) with fries on the side. Esli got the Texas BBQ pork ribs - not as good as Applebee┤s or Abi┤s BF┤s BBQ, but good enough. We also got a caraf of Sangria, and enjoyed the meal before taking a stroll to the Boulevard.I got Mom earrings and I also got myself a shirt for 25 soles, about 8 dollars and change. I had considered a t-shirt with a Peru map, but opted for this hand-stitched one in the style of the tribes of the selva, which will be nice for my school wardrobe, worn with my turtle-head necklace! I had a very nice evening with my boys, and we got home at a fairly reasonable hour.

Saturday early Marleni and I went downtown to get fresh buns for the sandwiches I┤d be serving: It was the day of the youth lunch at Refugio. I made a rich chicken soup, and served good old American PBJ┤s. Of course, rice and platanos on the side - we ARE in PERU. Fore had a volleyball court set up, and there was the soccer field. While we don┤t have buildings in place yet to hold any kind of overnight (or inclement weather) events, at least it CAN be used even NOW for recreation for the youth. The sun was strong, but we were under a cluster of trees which offered a wonderful cool shade. Fore had some hammocks slung for the trees as well. So, with volleyball, soccer, food, and fellowship, a good time was had by all.

Then we returned home in the afternoon, as the Women┤s Society of Nueva Vision wanted me to come and share with them at 4:30. Well, soon after getting home, while Abel was washing up to escort me (┤cause Marleni had to watch her grandkids), there came Pastora Carmina from Esposa del Cordero (a church I had visited in 04) with a sister, and they wanted to bring me early. Well, Mar helped explain I already had a commitment, but suggested they see where I was going so as soon as I finished at Nueva Vision I could go with them to Esposa. Which is what we did.

At Esposa there was a nice turnout, a warm welcome, jubilant and enthusiastic praise. I didn┤t know any of the words to the songs, so I just prayed in the spirit throughout before it came time for me to share from the word. Afterwards, they presented me with a little windcatcher, and paid for Abel and my trip back home.

During the night we had a welcome rain. Hearing it on the metal roof, I got up to make sure the reservoir was turned right side up, which it was - but I also went out, grabbing washbasins, pots, and pans, and put them in strategic places to capture more water - it┤s been quite dry, and I like to be able to bathe with more than ONE bowl of water. ( I can DO it but I can┤t wash my hair). Fore got up and asked what in the world I was doing in the rain, as he┤d already arranged the tank - I said "We have to take advantage of the blessing". He teased me for getting all soaked, but at least I didn┤t have to bathe in the morning!

This morning I went to Nueva Vision, and worked on a drawing which had come to mind while I was praying at Esposa. Towards the end of the service, a young man from Dios Me Cambio approached - the one who wanted to know more about drawing during worship. He presented me with some of his drawings, and I got his email (he has mine) and we tried to talk a bit after the service ( a little difficult, as some of the kids were bashing about on the drums, and there were other noises) . I gave him my finished drawing...I may do one similar on large paper when I get home. Oh, I also gave him my baggy of colored pencils, because he hadn┤t any - I still have my "pallet" of pencils from Marie.

Fore, Levy, Yeli (and baby) and Abel and I went to one of Fore┤s favorite restaurants for lunch, and this tiime he treated (he said HE wanted to pay because HE wanted the blessing, as it┤s more blessed to GIVE) Then home, and a brief nap, and Mar, Abel, and I went to visit Ray, the quadreplegic, and Reina the intercessor. And here we are at theinternet, after which I┤ll go home, go to Aposento Alto for their evening service, and then the 3 of us will go to KikiRiki - yes AGAIN.



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