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Friday, July 20, 2007

Well, it turned out that yesterday was supposed to be BREAKFAST with Angelica. I found out after my time at the internet, because Joey (who was with us) told me Yeli had called hiim (on his cell) to relay the message. So, we┤ll have to go visit her another time before I leave. Meanwhile, Foreman had gone off to attend some business, and after Joey, Abel and I finished at the internet, while Abel went to a pharmacy for something for his cold, I asked Joey how he came to know the Lord.And so little by little I┤m getting to know some of these guys. When Foreman arrived, he apologized that he had a meeting to attend. "I┤m sorry I┤m not with you more." But I replied that he was like me - when he was visiting, I was always having to go off to work, leaving him with someone.

So Iwent with Abel and Joey to Hypermercado to buy some lunch and supper things and a few staples like toilet paper (I also invited the lads to pick out a personal goody, and if they needed any toiletries - each chose a favored cooke and a deodorant). The store gave out tickets for a chance to win a motorcycle. Last time Fore was with me and filled out a bunch.This time I let Joey have them all. Hey, you can pray that one or both of them get a prize!

Yeli prepared the chicken for lunch. But Marleni had made some kind of tocino (bacon) of a kind of wild boar, and invited me to join her. So I let Abel dine with the others while I went with Marleni.

After, Braulio, one of the workers at Refugio, was at Fore┤s for lunch (part of his payment) so I got a chance to talk to him and ask him how he knew Christ, and it was altogether pleasant. He also practiced a bit of his English.
When Yeli was done in the kitchen, I cut up the beef I had bought and started marinating it for tonight┤s dinner. Then I wanted to lie down for a nap, but Veronica had the children with their video, and they were laughing and having fun, and I didn┤t want to squelch their play time. So I went to see if I could lie down in MY room, which Abel (and Levy before he went on a fishing trip) has been using. I thought that the bed was free - he had his tent set up - but the mattress was IN the tent. Still, he offered it up to me uncomplainingly, bless his heart. It began to rain, refilling the water tank, cooliing things, drowning out other noises by the white noise it created on the corrugated rooftops.

When I got up later, I made tuna melts for the family. Ivan the mute was sitting in the doorway, along with a couple of kids ffrom the neighborhood, and Estefani and Abiagail, Fore┤s nieces. I asked Fore in English, shall we offer a bit to them or what? So among the children we gave quarters, and Ivan got a half...Marleni gave him one of her famous yucca empanadas, too...I also took a half over to her. Fore enjoyed it and wants Yeli to know how to make them. I said maybe we could have a little restaurant at refugio when I retire, call it Casa de Gringuita or something, haha, specializing in Yankee cuisine.

It had rained considerably, so I wasn┤t surprised when I wasn┤t picked up. Many churches are in areas without paved roads and they can be treacherously muddy to get to. So at 8, Abel and I went downtown for a bit, and I treated him to a banana split. Service was slow and inattentive, however (spoiled American, I, no?) so I told Abel how we often use tipping to express our pleasure or displeasure with service. Rather than simply not leave a tip (because one normally didn┤t anyway) I left the smallest denomination I had, a penny (worth about 3 centimos...I had no centimo piece) Well, Abel wanted one for his collection, so I fished out the most recent coins I had of penny, nickel, and dime.

Not being in any hurry, we took the colectivo home again. Foreman didn┤t get back from church till one in the morning because of leader meeting after, and little Emanuel is sick with fever and congestion again. So no one got much sleep (┤cept maybe Abel). I gave Fore some money so they could take the baby to the doctor today. He has to go again tomorrow for a shot.

Marleni came over this morning and said she was sad because I┤d be leaving soon, and we just hugged each other a while and sniffled. I joined her in her kitchen where she was cooking more empanadas to sell. She told me how lately she┤s been having more problems with her ear - she┤s had this for a few years now, ringing in her ear - otitis? - which at times really makes her ill. She┤s asked for prayer, that she may go to Lima where Abel knows someone who may be able to help her medically without charge. She also wants to go to be able to help her daughter-in-law Barbara after the baby is born in August. I told her I┤d get out a petition for prayer for her health and finances. So many people here can┤t afford to go to a doctor for health maintenance, let alone a prescription. When I make my next trip I plan to lay in a supply of baby tylenol and ibuprofen, and aspirin for adults, as well as the usual vitamins - because, I┤m told, the quality is much better than what they can get here.So...Please pray for Marleni.Meanwhile, we had a tiime of heart to heart, because our friendship is very deep, despite the distance - the Lord has knit our hearts together.

Around 11, Carlos, a friend of Sonia Samelvino (sister to Hugo and Jorge) whom I met and got to know online, came for a visit. He┤s young, about 26, and a polyglot, having studied French, Portuguese, Chinese, and English. But he was accustoomed to a British accent (he has an Australian cousin) so he wanted some practice hearing an American. I gave him breakfast of cheese sandwich and yogurt., and we whiled away an hour or so talking in Spanish or Englsih. Then Dany came by to take me to his house for lunch, so I bade farewell to carlos. Abel came with me - Fore had been invited, but since the baby was sick, he begged off.

Dany shared about his work in Ecuador, setting up his music studio so people of humble means could record. He gave me one of HIS cd┤s, which I┤ll listen to when I get home. We talked about his work, about MY mission trips. I shared about how Ps Hugo had discerned in me the gift of helps back in 97, and again in 2003 how he had told me I had a gift of preaching, and he┤d be praying that the Lord would develop it. Then suddenly I had to pause and weep a little weep in remembrance of him, for his input in my life, for missing him - because he and his brother Jorge are so different, no? I continue to thank God for giving us that boat trip together...After lunch, Dany and his mother asked me to leave a prayer of blessing before I left, which is what I did. Then Abel and I took a motokar here to the Plaza de Armas, and Dany came on his motorcycle...and that┤s where we are at present!

  


Emotions...

Friday, July 20, 2007

Well, it turned out that yesterday was supposed to be BREAKFAST with Angelica. I found out after my time at the internet, because Joey (who was with us) told me Yeli had called hiim (on his cell) to relay the message. So, we┤ll have to go visit her another time before I leave. Meanwhile, Foreman had gone off to attend some business, and after Joey, Abel and I finished at the internet, while Abel went to a pharmacy for something for his cold, I asked Joey how he came to know the Lord.And so little by little I┤m getting to know some of these guys. When Foreman arrived, he apologized that he had a meeting to attend. "I┤m sorry I┤m not with you more." But I replied that he was like me - when he was visiting, I was always having to go off to work, leaving him with someone.

So Iwent with Abel and Joey to Hypermercado to buy some lunch and supper things and a few staples like toilet paper (I also invited the lads to pick out a personal goody, and if they needed any toiletries - each chose a favored cooke and a deodorant). The store gave out tickets for a chance to win a motorcycle. Last time Fore was with me and filled out a bunch.This time I let Joey have them all. Hey, you can pray that one or both of them get a prize!

Yeli prepared the chicken for lunch. But Marleni had made some kind of tocino (bacon) of a kind of wild boar, and invited me to join her. So I let Abel dine with the others while I went with Marleni.

After, Braulio, one of the workers at Refugio, was at Fore┤s for lunch (part of his payment) so I got a chance to talk to him and ask him how he knew Christ, and it was altogether pleasant. He also practiced a bit of his English.
When Yeli was done in the kitchen, I cut up the beef I had bought and started marinating it for tonight┤s dinner. Then I wanted to lie down for a nap, but Veronica had the children with their video, and they were laughing and having fun, and I didn┤t want to squelch their play time. So I went to see if I could lie down in MY room, which Abel (and Levy before he went on a fishing trip) has been using. I thought that the bed was free - he had his tent set up - but the mattress was IN the tent. Still, he offered it up to me uncomplainingly, bless his heart. It began to rain, refilling the water tank, cooliing things, drowning out other noises by the white noise it created on the corrugated rooftops.

When I got up later, I made tuna melts for the family. Ivan the mute was sitting in the doorway, along with a couple of kids ffrom the neighborhood, and Estefani and Abiagail, Fore┤s nieces. I asked Fore in English, shall we offer a bit to them or what? So among the children we gave quarters, and Ivan got a half...Marleni gave him one of her famous yucca empanadas, too...I also took a half over to her. Fore enjoyed it and wants Yeli to know how to make them. I said maybe we could have a little restaurant at refugio when I retire, call it Casa de Gringuita or something, haha, specializing in Yankee cuisine.

It had rained considerably, so I wasn┤t surprised when I wasn┤t picked up. Many churches are in areas without paved roads and they can be treacherously muddy to get to. So at 8, Abel and I went downtown for a bit, and I treated him to a banana split. Service was slow and inattentive, however (spoiled American, I, no?) so I told Abel how we often use tipping to express our pleasure or displeasure with service. Rather than simply not leave a tip (because one normally didn┤t anyway) I left the smallest denomination I had, a penny (worth about 3 centimos...I had no centimo piece) Well, Abel wanted one for his collection, so I fished out the most recent coins I had of penny, nickel, and dime.

Not being in any hurry, we took the colectivo home again. Foreman didn┤t get back from church till one in the morning because of leader meeting after, and little Emanuel is sick with fever and congestion again. So no one got much sleep (┤cept maybe Abel). I gave Fore some money so they could take the baby to the doctor today. He has to go again tomorrow for a shot.

Marleni came over this morning and said she was sad because I┤d be leaving soon, and we just hugged each other a while and sniffled. I joined her in her kitchen where she was cooking more empanadas to sell. She told me how lately she┤s been having more problems with her ear - she┤s had this for a few years now, ringing in her ear - otitis? - which at times really makes her ill. She┤s asked for prayer, that she may go to Lima where Abel knows someone who may be able to help her medically without charge. She also wants to go to be able to help her daughter-in-law Barbara after the baby is born in August. I told her I┤d get out a petition for prayer for her health and finances. So many people here can┤t afford to go to a doctor for health maintenance, let alone a prescription. When I make my next trip I plan to lay in a supply of baby tylenol and ibuprofen, and aspirin for adults, as well as the usual vitamins - because, I┤m told, the quality is much better than what they can get here.So...Please pray for Marleni.Meanwhile, we had a tiime of heart to heart, because our friendship is very deep, despite the distance - the Lord has knit our hearts together.

Around 11, Carlos, a friend of Sonia Samelvino (sister to Hugo and Jorge) whom I met and got to know online, came for a visit. He┤s young, about 26, and a polyglot, having studied French, Portuguese, Chinese, and English. But he was accustoomed to a British accent (he has an Australian cousin) so he wanted some practice hearing an American. I gave him breakfast of cheese sandwich and yogurt., and we whiled away an hour or so talking in Spanish or Englsih. Then Dany came by to take me to his house for lunch, so I bade farewell to carlos. Abel came with me - Fore had been invited, but since the baby was sick, he begged off.

Dany shared about his work in Ecuador, setting up his music studio so people of humble means could record. He gave me one of HIS cd┤s, which I┤ll listen to when I get home. We talked about his work, about MY mission trips. I shared about how Ps Hugo had discerned in me the gift of helps back in 97, and again in 2003 how he had told me I had a gift of preaching, and he┤d be praying that the Lord would develop it. Then suddenly I had to pause and weep a little weep in remembrance of him, for his input in my life, for missing him - because he and his brother Jorge are so different, no? I continue to thank God for giving us that boat trip together...After lunch, Dany and his mother asked me to leave a prayer of blessing before I left, which is what I did. Then Abel and I took a motokar here to the Plaza de Armas, and Dany came on his motorcycle...and that┤s where we are at present!

  


Work and Relationships

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Tuesday I was supposed to have gon to Reyde Reyes, but Psa Evangelina didn┤t come for me. I had to wonder if only ESLI knew I was going to his mother┤s church - because he is off on a mission - and so she didn┤t realize the scedule. Still, it didn┤t bother me. I was pretty tired when 8 pm rolled up, so I went to bed early.

Yesterday morning I went with Foreman to Refugio to see the progress there. Bear in mind, the majority of the work is being carried out manually. You┤ll be able to see video clips thereof when I get home and load them on Photobucket, and I hope also to produce a good video for YOUTUBE. Meanwhile, there are 3 young men, Jose, Carlos, and Braulio, who are from another church, who are in accord with the work, and have been putting in hours of shoveling and carting dirt to make the pool, the well, and to level the terrain.

They┤d been sharing one wheelbarrow among them, thus extending the amount of time needed - and doubling the labor as first one excavated, then had to put that dirt in the barrow. So I went downtown with Foreman to get 2 more wheelbarrows and shovels. That way they can shovel directly into the barrow and cart it to its dumping site on the grounds.

And Foreman also pours himself out in the work. Every spare moment he┤s at Refugio, digging, chopping, clearing. They had to get a new spool of cord for the bushwhacker because the first had been used up. The machine is greatly appreciated, because imagine whacking at the brush all day under the sun with machetes!

Well, after bringing the one wheelbarrow home, I had a lunch date with the intercessora Brigida. Marleni led us a good hike, but had gotten a little disoriented: the terrain had changed some after some heavy rains washed a bit out. So Brigida┤s grandkids went looking for us and redirected us. Her 7year old granddaughter had wanted to wait to take her lunch with the visiting gringuita missionary. I made sure to get a picture of us so she could show her schoolmates.

After lunch, we took the colectivo home. I stayed and visited with Abel a while before it was time to practice our choreography. Then after that workout, I decided I┤d cook BEFORE I bathed. I made Chinese-ified chicken and the ubiquitous rice.

Last night I┤d invited Junior and Dany to come for a visit - so I could build relationships, get to know the youth. Junior arrived first and while Dany hadn┤t come, I asked Jr how he met the Lord. I love to hear such testimonies. For one thing, it┤s a great way to know someone.Jr is usually pretty quiet, I have learned...but ready to give an enthusiastic account of what the Lord┤s done and is doing. He┤s the energetic worship leader at Foreman┤s church. He┤s 22, met the Lord when he was 15. He wants to accompany Dany back to Ecuador after the youth camp Metamorfosis, and I┤m praying with him for the finances. Please join me! Dany has said Junior would be a great help to him for his musical and technical expertise.

Dany arrived while Junior and Abel had gone to the corner store for soda (I┤d started heating up dinner, and said if they wanted something other than water to drink, they┤d have to go for it. So I gave Abel the money) During dinner, Dany also shared his testimony, meeting the Lord when he was 12 (he┤s 27 now). He and Foreman are great friends and colaborers, and are great clowns when together, I┤m telling you!

I also shared a bit of my testimony at their prompting. Then we brought the evening of fellowship to a close. So, here we are, another day - another lunch date with widow Angelica, a church date (supposedly, hopefully, no?)
The time in Iquitos is quickly drawing to a close, and I┤m meditating on my final sermon at Nueva Vision Sunday morning; our choreography is that evening. Till next time...

  


Behold, My Beloved Son, In Whom I Am Well Pleased

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Of course, this was spoken by the Father when the Christ was manifest at His baptism. Well, last night I was pleased with my son Foreman...but I┤ll back up just a bit.
I┤m getting to be quite the Peruana (in fact for fun, Foreman called me gordita menos gringuita, as opposed to his usual gringuita menos gordita) because I┤ve been dickering for a more reasonable price for transport. I may be a gringa but I┤m no fool. Three soles is just tolerable, but I know I can get a ride for 2.5. Yesterday as Abel and I left the internet, I told the motokar driver I could walk a ways to find someone who┤d take us to Modelo San Juan for 2.5, which is what we started to do. Then Abel identified a collectivo going our way, so we got that instead, thus paying only 1.4 for the 2 of us.

On the way home, we watched thunderheads building up, and lightning starting to flash in their depths. We arrived at our street at dusk, and met Junior on his way to a bodega for another jug of water. Abel and I sat outside the house to watch God┤s light show as other youth leaders began to arrive. They meet every Monday, and Fore usually feeds them - about a dozen or so. Considering he doesn┤t get any pay from his home church, and is working at Refugio as well as among his youth at the various services, yßll can pray for more support!

The rain began before everyone arrived, and varied in force. But it┤s still welcome (I was glad to see the tank is almost full). Poor Marcio arrived totally drenched because he had the assignment of stopping to pick up a birthday cake. After a music video and business (upcoming camp, Metamorfosis -keep in prayer), we had dinner (although I passed - Marleni had earlier fed me and Abel some luscious fried fish and platanos) and then the cake was served. But with it, everyone was given opportunity to wish Foreman a happy birthday...and all spoke of their esteem for his work, his care for them, his integrity, his vision, his influence, his guidance. It was a blessing to me, hearing this affirmation of him.

It┤s hard for me to express just how much I love him and esteem him. And I┤m glad to be a part of the work of Refugio, and glad to be a part of the family here.

  


Feliz Cumpea˝os

Monday, July 16, 2007

Friday was Veronica┤s birthday (Foreman┤s sister, 24 - which made me realize Marleni and I had been pregnant at the same time, because Ben will be 24 next month) Sunday was Estefani┤s (Marleni┤s now 5-yr-old granddaughter), and today is Foreman┤s. He┤s 33.

Well, the pastor from Rios de Agua Viva was propmpt in getting us, and once again the strength of voices belied the number of people. It was basically the extended family. But they appreciated the visit, the word, and afterwards we had a time of pleasant fellowship with Keke (cake) and soda. One of the sisters remembered me from my first visit to Cordero de Dios in 2003, and didn┤t recognize me due to weight loss and haircut.

The pastor drove us home in his motokar, accompanied by his wife and 2 small boys, one perched in front of him and the other on wife┤s lap. I didn┤t catch their names as they are not common. But the wife is VERY sweet, and we had a nice conversation over the roar of the motokar. About halfway home, the pastor┤s little companion had dozed off, so Abel took him on his lap. I plan to communicate with them via letters (snail mail) through Pastor Johel.

Sunday morning I joined Foreman and family at Nueva Vision, where they had JuCUm (YWAM) missionaries as guests. They did a choreo, a drama (mime), and preached (interpreted by JuCum directorClark Barnard┤s son
Robert). Clark had invited Fore, Yeli, and I to join him and wife Beth at this floating restaurant at the mouth of the Amazon. So we dropped Emanuel off with his Abuela Nora.

The restaurant was definitely charming, even in the drizzly day. But the price was steep - kinda like Red Lobster. I prefer Kikiriki┤s. Still, the experience was enjoyable. And So was the company.

When we got home, I was tired, even though I HAD wanted to go visit Ray, my paralytic friend. Plus the rainy weather made travel a bit more difficult. I ended up flopping for a while. Marleni made more of her famous yucca empanadas and Abel and I enjoyed some while we sat out on the front patio in the cool of the afternoon and awaited our next pastor, Jorge Ahuite. He called at the house to make sure he could get through. He arrived promptly and the 3 of us went to Torre Fuerte. It was early, so we went next door to Pastora Evangelina┤s house to visit a while. She is Esli┤s mother. So she got to know Abel, Esli┤s fellow Soldado de Espera. I┤ll be going to her church tomorrow night, but she still sat in on last night┤s service.

Jorge┤s son led worship. With his humble guitar, he has a real anointing. I shared from the psalms about developing our relationship with the Father so that when the inevitable trials come, we can face them with peace and joy. There was a gringa in the service, a friend of Fore┤s - I believe her name is Rachel - who afterwards thanked me for the encouraging word. She┤s engaged to "the pastor┤s" son, but I wasn┤t sure afterwards if she meant Ahuite┤s or Utia┤s.

After the service, Abel and I went to Kikiriki, where we knew Nueva Vision would be going with their JuCUM guests. Fore told us to meet him there at 9:30. We were early, and then they were late. We had just about finished eating, when they arrived. Fore explained simply that there was a great anointing. Good enough. He and fam sat with us, while others went upstairs. Fore took pains to put me at ease by teasing mercilessly as usual.

We got home after midnight, and I wrote in my journal so I didn┤t hit the hay till one.

I spent this morning in relaxed communion, first with the Lord, then with Abel, then Marleni, then Marleni AND Abel. Then Fore, Yeli, Abel, Yeli┤s helper Veronica (not Fore┤s sis) and I went to a local restaurant to celebrate the birthday boy┤s day. We brought some chicken soup back for Mar, who┤s stomach was off. Oh, China the dog accompanied us and lay under the table at my feet...I obliged her with a couple of bones and the last few gulps of my soup. Walking back home, some dog came charging out at China and put her to yelping - we were afraid he┤d bitten her, but after examination found she┤d just been "mouthed". STILL.

Then Abel, Fore, Yeli and I went to the Plaza de Armas, so Abel and I could confirm our flight to Lima (we┤re on the same one - yay!) next Monday morning...and I paid for the "kids" to go to the local theater for Fantastic 4┤s 2nd movie while I spend the 2 hours here at the internet. Found Dany online, so invited him to join me at THIS cabina.

So that brings us up to present!

  


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