Thursday, February 21, 2008
Well, BEING there was all right, but getting to our destination within the city was not a pleasant experience!On the 15th, I drove Foreman and family to Philly where he was reunited with a Peruvian pastor of a church there, Percy Torrejon - whom Fore had met while IN Peru. We got there late that night for the vigil, and I was given a chance to tell how I got involved in missions, before Fore preached. Saturday we met some other Peruvians in the church's latino membership. How fun! We went to a Bible study, and Percy asked how I came to know the Lord - I love to tell how Christ has changed my life! - before Fore led the study, which was very encouraging for ME - how God honors those who honor Him. Then we had a nice dinner, and relaxed at "home" (Percy, wife Loita, and mother-in-law Nuemi, who is also a Pastora).
Sunday morning Percy invited me to share a testimony of my life in Christ, having known Him almost 37 years. I shared about my first crisis in faith as a young believer when my first baby was stillborn. When we went to the afternoon service at Nuemi's church, again before Fore preached, I was asked to share a little testimony. I told how I came to learn Spanish and develop a love for Latinos, especially Puerto Ricans because of my step-mother, and about her and my father's unfortunate deaths but also of God's power to sustain me. So, while I hadn't originally expected it, I got in on the fun. I love talking about the Lord!
We had a Peruvian-style dinner that night, with cold potatoes in a creamy sauce, fried platanos, juanes (rice and chicken cooked in leaves) and chicha, a drink made from ground corn (in this case, the purple kind). Foreman said he felt he was back in Iquitos. Except it was a lot colder!
Monday while I played on the computer in the room where I was housed, Percy took Foreman, Yeli and Emanuel to see some sights in Philly, including the statue of Sylvester "Rocky" Stallone - you'll see a picture in the latest upload in my gallery.
I didn't get much exercise (so much driving!) nor was I tracking calories (not when you're someone's guest!) But I did some "sparking".
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
It's frustrating, to have reached 180 and then crept back up over 200. But okay, I'm finally dipping back into the hundreds, and if I lay hold of the grace and practice what I have learned, and work at breaking bad habits and building good ones, I should regain the ground I have lost by re-losing the pounds I have gained.
Monday, February 04, 2008
Sunday we'd gone to a church in Naples (NY!) pastored by a Peruvian. God's divine appointments: a Puerto Rican sister introduced Foreman to a Chilean brother who worked for a couple who belonged to this church pastored by Ps Humberto.Humberto came to meet Foreman and hear about El Refugio, and was very excited about it because after years of mission work in Brazil, he was longing to do something for his original homeland. So just as the Lord had closed a door to Brazil, He opened this - this Peruvian youth pastor brought to NY by his gringuita mom/secretary/bank! So, he was invited to share about the work at Humbertos' church, and afterwards they had a pass-a-dish lunch. And someone made a wonderful chocolate/mocha CHEESECAKE, aaaauuugghhh (Homer-Simpson-drool) and I just HAD to eat that last piece that was sitting there...
I dragged myself out of bed this morning when I would much rather have slept a bit longer, and made myself get on the exercise bike.
Friday, January 25, 2008
It's so delightful to have Foreman and Yeli here...and the baby too!
I had felt a little badly that here I'd brought them all this way, yet I hadn't had any time to arrange any speaking engagements or anything for Foreman to impart his vision for Refugio, the campground he's developing in his city. But then the Lord helped me realize, all I was required to do was what He assigned me to do - He would take care of the rest. And sure enough, that's what He's been doing.The Lord has been arranging His own divine appointments, through some contacts Foreman already had, and also through friends and relations of friends. So anyway, it being my night off, I took Foreman and family, and my DD Abi as well, leaving my DH home with the grandkids.
When I got home I downloaded the recent pix so's I could show y'all some of the fun I'm having with my #1 spiritual son.
Monday, January 14, 2008
Foreman loves to tease me and lately, knowing I put some of the weight back on, he's called me "gringuita menos flaquita" (less thin). I told him that bugged me - and to start calling things that are not as though they were. I have to look that up in the Concordance to know exactly where it is and it what context, but anyway, our words DO carry power. I believe it has something to do with being made in the image of God, who spoke the world into existence. ..But I didn't mind when Foreman was saying "gringuita menos viejita"(less old!) At the Real Age site, I was rated at 47 - and could be younger, if I had a happier marriage. My main problem continues to be late night snacking or stress eating. And I didn't exercise yesterday or this morning. Perhaps I can squeeze in some time on the bike later. But morning is definitely the bet time to do it.
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