Saturday, March 22, 2008
Well, Foreman and family have been gone 2 weeks...I miss them! But today I went and had my taxes done, and am delighted that my return will be enough to pay my airfare to Peru this summer! Of course, I still need to raise funds for other parts of the trip, especially the 10-14 day trip to the jungle churches after the third week there. Sparkmail me if you want to know how you can participate in this Kingdom work! Meanwhile, I am eager to be with my Soldiers of Blessing, and include their pictures as I write this blog (except I don't have one of Yuri). We have built our relationships over the months and years, through e-mail and IM'ing, and face-to-face time. God is all about relationships, and I look forward to seeing us all drawing closer to each other and especially to the Lord.
MEANWHILE, I have GOT to get this body in shape for the rigors of missionary work. I'm better than I was, but I put some of the pounds back on. GIT OFF!
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Today is Foreman's last day, so I stayed home from school (I'll go to my evening job because he'll be out preaching anyway). He has made some contacts that he didn't have before, networking through people I have known - my friend Sonia's daughter introduced him to a brother from Chile, who brought him to a Calvary Chapel. The same brother put him in touch with the Peruvian pastor of the couple he works for.That church is in Naples (NY!) I put him in touch with the Peruvian brother I met at the bilingual church I visit, who had more success than I did in connecting him with Pastor Luis of said church.
And also through someone he knows in Peru, who has the brother pastoring in Philly. So, while we didn't do what we thought we would, God has ordained His own plans, and they are always good.
I'm taking Foreman to pick up an offering from the bilingual church, and I'm also taking him with me to an agency as a reference to take care of Sonia's mom (so I could start sooner rather than waiting for another written reference to come in.)
Connections. Relationship. God is all about relationships.
WHO's going to TEASE me when Foreman's gone????
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
I've posted the pictures from Maryland and NYC as well.
After we left Philly on Mon the 18th, we drove to Maryland where my sister Leigh lives (Pasadena). Not as difficult to find as our destination in Philly! We spent the night, and Fore + enjoyed the enormous TV and my brother-in-law's Harley Davison. The following day we went in to DC so Fore could see the White House (which is what he thought the CAPITOL building was - he saw both!) . Having been up and driving all day, when we returned to Leigh's it occurred to me after paying the toll that I did not remember crossing this bridge on the way TO DC....Foreman woke from his snooze and was impressed with the great span over the bay - "You gringos sure know how to build things!" - but he too said "I don't think we came this way. Sure enough, had to double back, but my sister reassured me it happens to her too - you miss your exit and land up somewhere else.
After that night we headed to NYC, and it was my original intention to go to Rochester NY afterwards. But Leigh said I'd have already driven the 5 or so hours to NYC, why drive 6 more? Stay the night somewhere! Well, Philly was supposedly only 2 hours away...HA. Remember what I said about driving there? Wrong exit, traffic, overshooting, I ended up driving 6 hours ANYWAY. "If you lived here, you'd be home by now!" Oh, well, all's well that ends well.
I ended up my photo gallery with a few favorites of me in Peru with some of my upcoming Soldados de Bendicion.
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.
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