Tuesday, October 30, 2007
I've been given a ministry of Visitation in the House of the Lord...And God's House is more than just my own local church. Since He saw fit to let me go to visit among the brethren in Peru, and some of that visitation involves tromping over some rugged terraine, it behooves me not only to lose weight but also to improve my overall fitness.
Today's photo features are of visitation among some brethren who needed encouragement; and also a couple of services. The first is at Aposento Alto, and as I looked at the pix, I was blessed to remember Marco, who HAD been grieving his mother; but I was staying at their house while in Lima, and I think - I HOPE - my influence was what inspired him to give an offering of song at church that night. His mom, Cristina (who is my spiritual son Abel's older sister) was SO blessed to see him thus...
And then there was the visit with Juan 3:16. I was expecting to go with the pastor to visit among some members as I had with Hernan and Victor the previous day. I was disappointed that I wouldn't be able to go to their evening service as I had the first time I visited their church last year - Sabi and I were leaving in the afternoon for Chiclayo.There was such an anoiniting on their worship. When we stopped by the church that morning, I expected it was just to get something before going on to visit...but no, they'd organized a special service - on a Friday morning! - and people who could took off from work or school to attend (some 25) and honored ME. And once again, it WAS an anointed time, and we were mutually edified.
So, no wonder that I want to be able to keep up these mission trips...and the healthier I am, the more I can do this.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
My daughter-in-law sent me some more pix of my new granddaughter! And I also changed my pix...well, I changed them AGAIN from what they'd been yesterday before I got the pix of Penny! For some reason, I bumped a few of those to make room for the new princess!
I love my flesh-and-blood family. My eldest daughter Abi is my best Spark Buddy. But Family goes beyond natural ties. I'm still bound in Christian love to the brethren in Peru. These photos are from the youth luncheon I gave at Manantial de Vida (Fountain of Life). Sabina helped me get the ingredients for the chicken-vegetable soup I made (I'd also brought peanut butter for an all American lunch experience!) We invited youth groups from a few other churches I'd known, and that evening they participated in a little cantata at Manantial.
Afterwards I went to the home of Ps Gregorio's brother Marcelino for a late dinner. His daughter Lisbeth had askd me back in Feb to be her Madrina - godmother - for her Quincinera, which in Latin culture is a very important "coming-out" type party on the 15th birthday. I accepted, though I wasn't able to be there on the date. I'd sent some money to get her a nice dress and such. Well, when I was with them, they honored me with flowers and a tradition of which I was unaware - I joke that they serve up the fatted calf for the guest of honor to eat on her own. Not quite, but I WAS given 2 whole roasted chickens, a good 10 pounds of cooked potatoes, and "5 Ostrich Eggs" (5 "patties" of scrambled egg the size of dinnerplates) - AND a cake - ALL OF WHICH I WAS EXPECTED TO EAT WITHOUT SHARING! Well, at least I didn't have to eat it then and there, so I could take it home with me and share it out with a couple of needy families! I DID have some of the cake, and we heated up the eggs for breakfast...but MY GOODNESS! Now...WHY is it so hard to lose weight????
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
I finally got some pix of my new granddaughter, penny. And NOT from her daddy (my only flesh-and-blood son ) but rather from her AUNTIE, my daughter in Texas. Apparently my son sent her some pix via his cell phone, and she just ASSUMED that of COURSE he sent them to grandma! She and I were on the phone the other day and when it came out that she had pix and I didn't , she hastened tohave her hubby download them to the compu to send me. So, here's the cutest of the cutie featured on my page. A friend coined the phrase. I can't wait to get my hands on her, but I'm gonna have to. I'm hoping they can visit for Christmas (they live out of MY state)
Sunday, October 21, 2007
While Iquitos is my home-away-from-home, and Foreman is my number one spiritual son, I've gotten to know other Peruvians. Abel is another son, who hails from Lima - but was able to accompany during my time in Iquitos. It's good to have lost weight so I can ride more comfortably in the airplane seats! Trudging up hill and down in Lima, on sandy roads, is another good reason to keep the weight down. I was so delighted, as I changed from shorts and sleeveless top to sweatpants and long sleeves and layers, that I was able to fit into the pants that were given me at LAST year's birthday but hadn't fit at that time. Clothing they sell there is not geared for chunky gringos!
I need to keep fit and get the weight down so I can continue to be among these people whom I love and miss so much.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Most of the pictures I posted today are from my number one spiritual son's birthday. Foreman Varela is a youth pastor at Nueva Vision in Iquitos, Peru, as well as a youthleader/missionary with JuCUM (Youth With A Mission). It was pleasant to have the day with him, celebrating with his extended family, and later with the youth at their meeting, where they honored him. I'm not only his spiritual mom (his natural mom is my best friend) - I'm a partner in the work of Refugio (the Christian campground that's being developed 10 minutes' rigorous walk from his house);secretary, bank, public relations...I want to be able to keep going, to handle the rigors of travel and tromping around the countryside in Peru. I want to be able to go visit my fellow iintercessors, as those pictured here...and there are still many unpaved dirt roads, steep ascents and descents, and narrow foot bridges traversing the terrain to get to their humble homes...and outhouses with holes in the ground over which to squat. So I need to be physically fit, I need to continue towards my goal weight. It's not going to get any easier with age!
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