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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!


Various Activities

Saturday, July 14, 2007

One of the things I┤ve been doing is practiciing a choreography with Yeli and 4 other girls. Marleni has praised my performance as she watches me practice,. I still mess up here and there, but less. Yel i is wonderfully patient with me! And since I┤m liviing there, I start before the others arrive and get some extra practice time. I┤m on my second 2G memory card for the camera, and have been recharging batteries, so hopefully I┤ll be able to have Foreman record the grand event, which will be the Sunday before I leave, the 22.

ANyway, yesterday afternoon I practiced, worked up a good sweat, and took a bath. Esli called later, and I told him since I was approaching broke, we were just hanging out at home, watching some music videos , but he was more than welcome to join us (us being Abel and I, because Fore and Yeli were going to the benefit concert for Omar). So he joined us and he and Abel went to the corner store (BODEGA) to get some popcorn (PALOMITAS) which Esli prepared forus, and we watched Hillsong┤s London Jesus Is dvd, then Elf (in Spanish!) It was a pleasant evening, except that Esli announced he was going to be going on a mission trip , and today is our last day together till I return to Peru (or he gets a visa to the US!)

He came this morning around 8:30 while Abel and I were having Yucca empanadas at Marleni┤s. He joiined us, enjoying her wonderful cooking (so crispy outside!). Then the 3 of us took a motokar for 5 soles to the port of Nanay on the river by the same name, and took a speedboat run by a friend of his, Ever. We went to a native pueblo on the Nanay, just the 4 of us, and for 40 soles they performed 3 dances (one of which they kindly repeated for me because Esli hadnt recorded it┤, in which the women invited me to join them.) The host told us his father is also Evengelical, and he told us the next tiime we come it will be a free performance. (How long does the offer last?)

It was interesting GETTING to the small village - the river is low at this time.We climbed up some log steps (Esli took the lead to hold my hand on the steeeeeeeep ascent). Ever told us that during the rainy season, Nov and Dec, the water is up to the path we walked to the village - they take the boat right into the village. I gotta do Christmas inIquitos one of these years!

I got Abel a souvenir , a little gourd armadillo; Esli opted for a bracelet so he can remember the time we had together as he wears it.

Tonight I speak at Rios de Agua Viva possibly combined with Jehovah Es Mi Pastor; tomorrow night is with Jorge Ahuite┤s church, one I┤d been to last year; Tues with Evangelina┤s church, Rey de Reyes (she┤s Esli┤s NATURAL mom, widow of Pastor Mario Gonzalez )

Oh, yesterday Abel downloaded my first chip to Myspaces - I don┤t know if you can access it from there, but here┤s the link anyway, if you want a sneak preview (still untitled)
So, that┤s it for now. Pray for finances!


Lights of the World

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!


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