Wednesday, August 08, 2007
There is a cereal in the house, a chocolate frosted sugar bomb, which beckons to me before I go to bed - double whammy.I didn't purchase it, my daughter did (she should know better!) but still...I SHOULD exercise the power to make GOOD choices.
At least I did my exercises!
Monday, August 06, 2007
This morning I did my cardio and my strength! I have a ton of other things to do, notably work in the clay, but I want to get back in the routine of exercise and being careful of what I eat. Surprisingly, veggies weren't as readily available to me in Peru. I had to deal with rice, platanos, yucca, and potatoes. STA-ARCH! When I got home Abi had plenty of salad fixin's available.
I don't know when the weight will shift downwards, don't know when I'll finally reach goal, but I'll work towards it.
Thursday, August 02, 2007
Well, after a little nap it was time to make preparation to go. I was so delighted that Gaby, the youth pastora of Voz, was able to come by after work - I hadn't seen her until then. And Elvis also came by after work - soI saw them enough to be able to give them ABRAZOTES - big hugs. Gaby told about a project the youth have, for which she'd like prayer support : a little "talent show" as it were for all the area youth groups, with the idea of fellowship, unity, and encouraging striving for excellence. They'd like to be able to offer a prize, such as a guitar. There'll also be an entry fee, and all money brought in will be to offer a Christmas blessing to the area's poorer children. So, add this to your prayer list!
Abel, Ruth, Moises and Sabina accompanied in the cab ride to the airport. We arrived around 8, and I was an hour and a half iin line to check in. I had sent them ahead to Papa John's there at the terminal to get us a couple of pizzas. While in line, I saw pastora Betty, the missionary whom I'd met in Chiclayo. There was also a large group from a Baptist church. Peru was crawling with missionaries in one form or another! Also while waiting, some blessed person had the idea to serve us a little something to drink, because the wait was so long.
Finally checked in, I headed to Papa John's. Clay also joined us, and I gave him some money for medical expenses - his wife Barbara has been having more problems with this pregnancy. The baby is due this month, and Marleni hopes to be able to go to Lima to help with the newborn, see her new grandchild, and get to a doctor about her own health (accompanied by Abel, who knows a specialist who won't charge her). That's another prayer matter (for finances for the trip)
The flight was delayed till 1 am, and of course I didn't want my friends hanging around too long, as it's harder to get cabs, so we bade a fond, fond, fond farewell, Abel thanking me for all I'd been and done for him as a mother. The liine through the security checkpoint was LO-O-O-O-ONG, but it moved quickly, only about 20 minutes, and then I just did the usual terminal waiting.
Of course, the delay of one flight involves missed connections and the need to reschedule THOSE, so I ended up arriving home later than expected. Blessings on Deb who was able to come get me, since the change affected Sonia's ability - but I thank the Lord for such friends who made themselves available.
My legs are understandably a bit puffy still, but I was delighted to find that I had not put on any weight, and when I get rid of some of this fluid I may find that I've actually lost a bit. I started back on my exercise/diet routine this morning, and should be back on track towards my goal weight (I want to be able to fit into my wedding dress again by the time of our anniversary in October!)
So, here I am again, with the richness of clean hot and cold running water (had a good soak and scrub after supper of BEEF), air conditioning, my grandkids, and my computer.
God is good....All the time.
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Had fun last night at a polleria (chicken joint) called Adoai, owned by Christians. Abel, Sabi, Marcos, Cristina and I arrived first and went upstairs whence we could look out the window to see approaching comers. There were people from a few of the churches I*ve visited. We all had chicken with fries and salad, and theyīd brought 2 cakes as well. I was more greatful for their PRESENCE but I also received various presents, and so had to reorganize my luggage. As it is, I*m leaving a large ceramic piece, given by the family of my godchild, Lisbeth (pastro GregorioĻs niece). It features five doves...I said, oooo, like the fivefold ministry, no?
Well, one of the sandwiches I had on the bus must have been turning, because my stomach had started to go a bit sour, and by last night I found myself making numerous trips to the bathroom. Of course, I had left the cipro and immodium with Marleni...not an oversight but as an aide. So, this morning Abel went to a pharmacy to pick up some cipro for me. Apparently one need no prescription. I daresay it is not the same quality as here. Still, I took it with gratitude, having totally emptied my entrails.
Gregorio came this morning in a cab. Last night he had asked if I could make one more visit...I was planning to spend the day with Voz...to an elderly couple who were recent converts. Braulio is 86. Anyway, Sabi let Gregorio borrow me for a couple of hours, while Abel took my stuff (Sabi came to help) to Voz.
I turned down the lunchmeat sandwich they offered for breakfast, explaining I was a bit DELICADA, but received crackers and tea quite happily. Gregorio and I stayed about an hour and a half, left with a blessing (and received one as well) and went to Voz, where Tito, Ruth, Moises, and Abel were, with Sabi. People trickled in ...some of the youth from Sunday school, some of the intercessors. Jhon also came, to my dlight, so we were able to spend some time in pleasant fellowship. He said for one of his school projects he*s making a webpage about my missionary adventure last year, with music, and using the pix from photobucket. He just needs me to send the narrative from my journal.
Well, we had a lunch of soup : my recipe using chicken, noodles, broccoli, carrots, onions, peas, lentils, and seasonings. And cake. AGAIN. I shudder to think what my weight may be when I get home. But...my clothes still fit, so, it should not be too horrible! After a while of eating and fellowshiping, I asked Sabi if I could take my kids - there were Ruth, Moises, Abel, and Jhon - one more time to the internet, so here we are.
It's been a happy birthday, lacking only a couple of things - primarily the ability to stay a while longer, and also I wish Cesar could have been here.
Well, my next newsletter will be from the homefront.
Monday, July 30, 2007
Sabiīs sister Vicki wanted to take be to Lambayaque, the "state" next to the one Chiclayo is in, to see the "largest KING KONG." Of course, the only one with which I am familiar, and probably most of you, is the primate of cinematographic reknown. Well, a King Kong is a confection of wafers, not TERRIBLY sweet, layered with a cramy milk based fudgey substance - sweet but not sickeningly so. Canīt wait to get pictures loaded onto Photobucket! We also tried to go to the musum there, but the entry fee was up due to the holidays (Fiesta de las Patrias - the Peruvian Independence Day is July 28) so we decided to sav it for my NEXT trip to Chiclayo.
We returnd downtown to the Christian Radio station with which Vickiīs church, Fuente de Bendicion, is affliliated (her son Walter works camera for them) where I was to be briefly interviewed, given a chance to greet the youth of Chiclayo and invite them to the service at the center where yours truly would be sharing from the word. Whiole awaiting said interview, we took a stroll to said youth center to watch them practice choreography. The Lord drew my attention to one young man, and as they finished I left him with a Word. On leaving, we encountered a youth of AFRICAN countenac, "morenito" - a rarity! I told him I work at a high school where the students are primarily morenitos - and said it was nice to see a familiar face! He and another youth did some rap...in Spanish of course!
I enjoyed th youth service, was delighted to be able to share with them, and bequeathed my bandana to the girl who sat beside me affectionately...and told her I also left with her my anointing in intrcession, worship, and who knows but that she also may go afield on missions.
Sabi, Vicki, Leydy and her little girl Brigith and I split a half a chicken and some fries, then returned home to top off with some warmed up soup from lunch. We all slept in the guest house Sabiīs dad had set up (I asked him earlier if heīd be my Papito, since mine had did, and he was thoroughly delighted). We slpt well despite the noise of 2 bands in the area.
The next morning we were supposed to breakfast with Pastors Carlos and Paola, but theyīd been up till 3 am with preparations, so we had breakfast all together with Papito Campos, including sister Yenny and her husband Meme, brother Elmer, and assorted children. Then we went to the service. Vicki was on the schedule to be intrceding, so I sat with Sabi in th second row. Three times ushers tried to move me up to the stage with the guest missionary, and I explained I was just visiting, I wasnīt scheduled to speak. But finally they prevailed upon me.
The missionary who did speak, Betty C., married a Mexican, lives in MARYLAND (so next tim I go to visit my sister Leigh Iīll also look HER up). She shared her testimony of trusting God even when w donīt know why things donīt go as we expect based on prophetic words. Afterwards, we compard notes and discoverd we may actually be on the same flight stateward. Iīll be looking for hr!
In case you didnīt notice, the e dosnīt always work on this keyboard, and I donīt always catch it!
Sabi and I had gone before church to get our tickets back to Lima . First place wanted 130 soles per person! We went elsewhere and got our passage at 130 for the BOTH of us! We lft after a light supper, and the bus had COMFORTABLE seats (we were in the very last, and I could actually stretch my legs). We left around 8 pm, arriving in the station before 730 am, catching a cab to Sabiīīs, arriving by 8.
Ruth was there, and Cesarīs mother brought over a tray of juice, milk, and cheese sandwiches for breakfast. Moises showed up - with bandage and cut by eye! Saturday heīd ben jumped by 8, EIGHT youth for his cap and coat, but he resisted. They did get the 20 soles he had worked for, but Sabi said it was Godīs mercy that that was all they got - 8 against one, usually they leave one beatn and half naked. She exhorted Moises, and I seconded it, to follow hard after the Lord, devloping his relationship - heīs been having some struggles -and to be thankful that he wasspared a worse fate.
So, that bring s us up to present, Iīm with Moises and Ruth, and Abel will be coming to take me home. Tonight is the dinner in my honor, not the pastoral dinner I had planned to give, but they kindly rmemberd my birthday.
And tomorrow Iīll spend most of the day with the gang here from Voz, such as are here. There may be a sendoff at the airport tomorrow night.
I donīt want to leeeeeeeeave!
But I must.
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