Saturday, June 28, 2008
This is from my general Perunews letter:
Greetings in the love of our Father!
I had a thankfully uneventful flight - despite delays in first part to Chicago, arrived on time for connection in Chicago. I arrived in Lima at 430 in the morning, and after going through customs, I walked into the lobby where I saw my dear son Abel, He led me to the others who had met at the airport LAST NIGHT - Pastora Sabina with her daughter Ruth, intercessor Santosa and her daughter Evelyn, Elvis, Roldan, Esli, Eunice and her cousin Keysy...did I forget anyone? Pastora Lorenza arrived a bit later as Abel, Esli and I were lewaving the airport in a cab driven by a brother; he saw Lorenza and stopped for her. Togehter we went to Abel´s house, my Lima home, and Cristina met us joyfully at the door, along with Lorenza´s daughter, Esther who is one of my godchildren. We had a breakfast of baloney sandwich and tea, and then I lay down a while. Abel Esli and I (hereafter to be known as we 3) together with Sabina went to visit my other goddaughter Lisbeth whose 16th birthday was the 26th: we were served her birthday cake and Pepsi (in Coke glasses!) and then her mom Luisa took us to an archological site, the ruiins of Pachacamac (much larger than Machu Picchu) where we spent some time...the walk felt good after so much time squunched in an airplane seat. It was decided that rather than put me right into a preaching circuit to have me relax at home in the evening. Esli went to his brother´s house in Barranco (another district in Lima) because he had to coordinate for tonight´s service (his brother Deyvy is the youth pastor) but afterwards he´ll stay at Abel´s so we won´t have to be nickel-and-dimed in paying fares. This morning Abel and I went to the home of 3 of my Soldiers. Their father is Pastor Genaro whom I met first in Iquitos in 2004. Wilhen wasn´t there, as he was working. But Victor was, and Eunice, and Eli...anyway, we had a breakfast (of baloney sandwich and hot coco!) and were also invited to stay for lunch. Genaro and his family have been upholding me and my family in prayer for these years, and I appreciate them so much. Please keep them in prayer for the work that the Lord has called them to do here in Lima. After breakfast we spent time in prayer, then had lunch, and then they walked me here to the internet cabina.
Prayer requests - for finances on the home front (cash flow); for anointing here. Tonight, as I said, I am preaching to the youth at Deyvy´s church. Tomorrow I will spend the day with Voz de la Transformacion, Sabina and all my "kids" there, including some of my soldiers - Elvis, Cesar, Jhon...possibly Dany C (as opposed to Dany M whose church inColombia I´ll be visiting.)
I woke this morning with songs of joy and thanksgiving. So happy to be here!
The brethren send greetings to Pastor Al, and Shepherd´s Heart ,and the brethren of Koinonia.
THIS EXTRA FOR SPARK:
I have been served chicken with rice AND potato...
but also tomatoes and avocados. I´m not a big rice fan, but it comes in handy for the bowels sometimes. Anyway, the walk in Pachacamac was good exercise!
Friday, June 13, 2008
My hair has been thinning drastically the past few years, and I think it has to do with stress (marital situation). So in 2006 I had my first major haircut...it was okay, I got used to it. I went to get another haircut today prior to my trip. It is SOOOOOO SHORT! It looks so - so - "BUTCH." Yes, it's nice and cool...and at least I can cover up with a bandana while in Peru.
I also have the shirts for my Soldiers, and have modeled it in my Spark Gallery. It's really cool, I think, But don't I look like some kind of a GI Jane???
I have funds for the main aspects of my trip. I anticipate losing more weight since I haven't extra for more than the most rudimentary of meals; so, I'll be depending on what is put before me...
Saturday, June 07, 2008
I leave in 19 days; and on the one hand it feels like such a long time to wait to see my loved ones, and on the other hand due to work it feels like not enough time to get ready! I have ordered some t-shirts for my Soldiers (AND me) , 2 each - one to wear, one to wash. When they arrive I'll put one on to model for my page; and I'll also wear one when I travel. I also bought stars-n-stripes bandanas to top things off.
I have to buy another plastic box to load stuff into. I have set aside a lot of "peluchitos", little stuffed animals to give to children at the jungle churches we'll visit. Esli says he has been developing something to minister to the small fry. It's such a blessing to see how the Lord has pulled HIS team together, and I look forward to recounting what He does at each stage.
I have not been very successful at tracking calories,although I have for the most part tried to maintain good habits. And my weight has been fairly stable. Since the funds I've raised pretty much cover travel and not much else, I should probably lose weight, depending on the hospitality of my hosts!
I am eager to load fresh photos, but there's naught to add just yet. Abel has bought a cable to download directly from the camera, so I can probably do so from the internet cafe. Well...watch this space!
Monday, May 19, 2008
I would do better to track my calories...I'm hoping when my kids are employed I can ease off some of my work hours so I can get back into exercise. Weight has crept back up on me. On the positive side, I know that while in Peru I shall walk more, and snack less, and will eat plenty of fish especially in Iquitos. I've put in a few different photos today, some pastor friends, and Dany whom I'll visit in Colombia.
Sabina, in the picture feeding me fruit, is my main coordinator for Lima (where she lives) and Chiclayo (where her family lives). Johel is my main coordinator for Iquitos (where he lives) and the river (where he goes often to minister) . When I realized that, unless funds come in so I can bring Eunice and Yuri with me to Iquitos, I wouldn't have a female companion while traveling the river, I asked Johel to see if his wife Beti would be willing. Not that I mind being with all men - Abel, Esli, Alex, Joe, and Johel. But when it comes to squatting in the bushes, I prefer another woman with me! Happily, she accepted the invitation, and I look forward to having an opportunity to know this prayer warrior and sweet singer better.
I will be in Lima in about 37 days!
Friday, May 16, 2008
My kids have all moved back home - My eldest DD and her 2 kids, my DGD and DGS, have been here, but now there is my younger DD and DSIL, and my DS and DDIL and THEIR baby girl. I'm delighted, to say the least - not that I see much of them, working 70 hours a week, plus travel. But still, it's better than it was, and I am so glad to have them all here. Yes, they are LIVING here. The menfolk are working to fix up the old house...all are seeking employment...and eventually when they are working and contributing to household expenses, we shall all be able to rise our of our debt and they can assume the mortgage when I'm ready to pack up and move permanently to Peru. Of course, I'll still have to return stateside to see the family here...it'll just be opposite the present situation.
But in the midst of all this, especially because of work schedule, I am not tracking very well, hence the "full tummy" in the title. But this too shall pass. I will probably be walking a lot while in Peru.
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