Tuesday, September 02, 2008
I arrived home yesterday afternoon, and with some trepidation got on the scale. I was still under 200! 196! AND, after I took a long soak in the tub, i got on the scale again, and was 195 - had taken off a pound of travel dust! hahaha!
Well, I'm missing my loved ones in Peru, and missing my Mom who passed away Thursday, so on those two counts I'll be crying from time to timie. But it's okay. And I'll get back into my exercise and aim to get back in shape, toning the muscles. Actually, I had no trouble with the walking except when we were high up in Colombia - then, even my young companions were gasping a bit after climbing the stairs.
I look forward to focusing on veggies and fruits rather than the daily rice and potato, much as I love my friends in Peru and understand the diet, because it's low cost and fills one up.
Blessings and thanks to all who prayed for me.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Greetings in the love of Christ from about 10-15 minutes from the airport in Lima!Abel and I are visiting with our friends Pastor Genaro and family while we await the time of our flight. Esli's left earlier but to save on taxi, we all went together; but first Psa sabina came to the house with a few of the intercessor sisters from Voz to have a breakfast of bread and coffee with us and give us a prayer sendoff. Christian, from Manantial, came for us in his cab, for a reduced rate of 25 soles (to cover gas), bless his heart and his business! Thursday evening we went to the church Mount Sion to minister. They served us dinner afterwards. Friday originally we were to join Ps Hernan from Juan 3:16 again, but you know how pastors' lives are - emergencies always crop up. So instead we went to Sabi and Gaby, who lives across from the church, welcomed us with greatest delight to have breakfast there. Ps Al will remember the hospitality, and the sweet presence of the Lord there. After breakfast we sat at the table and talked and talked until we suddenly realized it was lunchtime. i was going to buy a few things at home and make an American style lunch, but God in His goodness spared ME the expense as I went to the market with Sabi and Gaby and they bought the fixings for hamburger gravy on mashed potatoes ( a purple skinned yellow variety which turns mushy after cooking, ideal for whipped taters!) and a fruit salad...and rice of course, Peruvians have rice with EVERY meal!Afterwards, Gaby beckoned me to have my nap THERE, while the guys went home to get something forgotten and rest there and come back to join us when Hernan came for us. I shared a word of encouragement, using Joseph as an example - God's favor was with him even when he was a slave and in prison. Then we had testimony time, and it was wonderful. I just love to hear what the Lord has done! That night we scavenged in the fridge and I whomped up some scrambled eggs with onions, cheese, and parsley, and rice of course! topped with tomato. Cristina studied it and repeated with a little addition of her own the following night. Saturday we rose at a leisurely pace and made our way by bus for about 2 1/2 hours to visit Clay and family (Foreman's brother) He took us to meet his pastor and we had a little visit and a "perhaps next time" invitation. After joining Clay + at a "Roky" polleria (which had a playland like McD's on the 3rd floor) we bade farewell and took the bus back home and began to organize for the next leg of the journey. Sunday we went to the church where Esli's brother Deyvy ministers, and his mother Evangelica is also in Lima visiting. It was a great service, and Deyvy is as anointed as Esli, which is good, since HE played as I ministered. Afterwards we went with the family for lunch (Esli is eldest of 7: we were missing numbers 3 and 4) and enjoyed fellowship. Esli had to return to the church to get some luggage, so while we waited, I joine dsibling 5, James-Abraham in the sanctuary, and he played some hyms we knew in our own languages, and then some other songs - and when it was something I didn´'t know, I hummed, and the Lord ministered to MY spirit as he played...Definitely have to include this church in the next visit! It was enjoyeable to know more of Esli's family. We took the bus back home, about an hour or so, and relaxed and planned and packed and I showered. We're gonna be mighty busy the next several days!So that's where we are! Next tiem - probably the 26th! Keep us in prayer for traveling mercies and that the dollars/soles stretch because inflation hits here too,and that the Lord will continue to lead us in ministry. Blessings - Shel
Monday, July 07, 2008
I hadn't time to post my other reports, but here is what went out today.
Greetings in Christ from Barranco, one of the subdivisions of Lima. We have the day free, going in the evening to a church that Pastor Al and I visited last Feb.
Esli is meeting with his brother Deyvy, a youth pastor at a church we stopped in last Saturday, and Abel and I are at this internet cabina.
Let's see, this recent Saturday, we ministered in Pastor Richar Presentacion's church in San Juan de Miraflores, near Abel's sister Sofia's house. Abel has served as Ps Richar's right hand man and so they gave him the offering since he will be with me throughout the mission.
God gives each of us special gifts, both natural and spiritual. Abel is one of those blessed with visions as Joel prophesied...while I get mental images, HE gets the VIDEO kind But I am blessed as he has reported seeing balls of fire as I lay hands on people, or a pitcher pouring into a cup, or a flame over me as I worship.
Esli has a wonderful spiritual heritage, the son of pastors, and has contributed much through his insights. We 3 meet in the mornings to take it in turn to share from the word, and to cover each other in prayer. This first week of ministering, since the 28th, have been very powerful, and since we have been messing with the enemy's plans to hold people captive, we can expect a counterattack.
Yesterday morning we went to a church which was celebrating its first anniversary, Rivers of Living Water (Rios de Agua Viva). When we arrived they were still setting up, so we were invited to partake of a little breakfast upstairs. Since it was a special celebration, other pastors were invited, including an evangelist. Sabina arrived a bit later with the music minstry from her church, and a few others - MY kids! It fell to me to share the message after the various specials in praise and worship (maybe I was biased, but I thought Gaby, Tito, and Moises did very well!) I was not certain, since the evangelist was also there and perhaps he was supposed to speak too, and I did't want to step on any toes. But of course I wanted to be sensitive to what the Spirit wanted to do. So after sharing from the word, and a bit of background as to how I came to be a missionary, I turned to the pastor and asked if he wanted to offer the opportunity to receive prayer. Well, he did, so once again, I asked Esli to play and Abel to pray (for ME) while I ministered. And afterwards, announcements and offering and then we all went upstairs for lunch. A young girl sat beside me and we had a fun conversation. Turned out she was the evangelist's daughter.
Well, after lunch, my escort told me it was time to go home and get some rest. I appreciate these guys because they ARE watching out for me.
Esli suggested that next time I bring an escor of a couple of young women...for THEM, hahahaha. No, but seriously, the Lord has been knitting us together as a good ministry team, and I appreciate their input. It is all mutually beneficial, and we are learning too. I also learned a lot when I was ministering with Pastor Al last year.
After a rest, Pastor Hernan Puelles and his wife Carmen picked us up, with Sabina, and we went to his AOG. Once again the Lord ministered (though, because the keyboard was a bit uncooperative, we just had cd's playing in the meantime). Afterwards, we shared in communion. Then we went to a Chinese restaurant owned by one of Hernan's members where we enjoyed a slightly different cuisine! (although the Chinese food available in Rochester is more varied...)
So, when we get together after Esli finishes with Deyvy, we're going to go to a park for a bit and relax before returning home. Abel has a cell phone, whose number I've given out if people need to reach me. The pastor from Rios called to say there was an emergency for which he wanted to consult me, so I told him to meet us at our place at 5. So, in your prayers, lift that matter up. Pray also for my family in Rochester as they are also passing through some trials.Thank you for your continued prayers on our behalf, as you will also share in the rewards. Who knows what affect we will have had, no?
Oh, as we were leaving the house this morning to catch a bus, we passed - a gringa! walking with a Perunian girl. She said hola as we passed and Esli, Abel and I kinda looked at each other - when I am here, I am alwys intensely curious about other gringos I encounter. So we ran back to them and I asked her in Spanish where she was from, and she said in Spanish that she was from the US! So I reverted to English, and learned she's from Philly. She's a Catholic sister, no problem, she exuded the love of God, so we shared a bit - although when I realized her companion didn't know English, I switched back to Spanish.
And while Esli was meditative on the bustrip, Abel worked to practice his English.
Esli has arrived and is using the computer for a bit, then we'll go to the park. Hasta luego! In Christ's love -Shel
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...
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