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More Memories - Soldados de Espera

Monday, April 01, 2013

In the summer of 2007 I made a brief trip down the river from Iquitos, Peru, to revisit some of the villages I'd visited in 2006. My companions were different, however. I had my good friend Marleni, my spiritual son Abel, a good friend and musician Esli, and a pastor friend, Johel. Marleni's son Foreman was supposed to come too, but he had to supervise work being done on his house. So he suggested Levi, who was experienced in missions. In hindsight I can see how the Lord used this to enable me to get to know him better.

That's my Levi on the left, and Esli and Abel...setting up HAMMOCKS

My friend Marleni and me - in our HAMMOCKS

My friend Pastor Johel in his HAMMOCK

The ports are full of interesting sights that you don't find every day.

These remind me of the Staten Island Ferry.

Because of the previous year's "Soldados de Barro" (mud soldiers) we were thinking about what to call THIS particular group of missionaries. We settled on Soldiers of Waiting because of all the hurry-up-and-waiting we did. And Levi and I continue to refer to ourselves as such because of the delays we have been facing to be able to get married.

But "good things come to those who wait."
Be it something as simple as a nice fish brunch like the one served to us in Nuevo Kuwait

or a boatride to catch a bigger boat home

or a new life partner when the first has passed away!

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GRAMMAP1 4/1/2013 11:57PM


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PATRICIAAK 4/1/2013 6:53PM

    You are blest with more than wonderful memories.

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COLLEENROSTE 4/1/2013 12:49PM

    all things in His time.............the journey is never dull or boring
they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up on wings as eagles. they shall run and not be weary , they shall thirst and not faint. teach me Lord, teach me Lord to wait. emoticon

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-AMANDA79- 4/1/2013 12:35PM

    WOW! What an amazing fulfilling life you lead!
Keep up the great work on your weight loss journey.


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More Memories - Hammocks

Sunday, March 31, 2013

I'm facing probably hip surgery this summer, and I'm thinking it may make sleeping in a hammock inadvisable. So I'm thankful for the memories I have associated with my hammock experiences. They began that same summer, in 2006, when we traveled by "lancha" to visit jungle villages.
I was set up in a hammock between Ps. Jorge and his wife Sabina.

Elvis made a little coccoon for himself to keep out not only light but also any bugs that strayed from port stops on the way.

While we waited for our return "lancha", we slung a hammock. Here, Cesar and Jhon play around on it.

They turned serious when they realized i was taking their picture.

This is a rare photo of Cesar actually SMILING without me having to tickle him. He is so cute!

Michael was quite sleepy and stretched out for a nap.

Once aboard, hammocks slung, I got a picture of my typical view.

Jhon had been the favorite meal of mosquitos, so he hadn't slept well at all during the mission. He was ready to catch up on sleep!

Mike didn't waste any time either.

Another coccoon!

An exhausted Elvis.

In the summer of 2007 - the summer I got to know Levi better - the "Soldados de Espera" were formed, and there were other hammock memories. But maybe I'll do those tomorrow!

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LLEWEY1 4/2/2013 8:48AM

  Love the pictures you shared. I'm always in my Yard Envy hammock, and I can't imagine time without it. Good luck on your hip surgery, and thank you for sharing your memories.

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1PEACEBUNNY 4/1/2013 8:35AM

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful memories with us. I hope your surgerie goes well and that you may be able to recreate some new beautiful memories.

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SUNSET09 3/31/2013 12:42PM

  Wow, that looks liek so much fun! It's a "dorm" of hammocks and we make memories from everything we do as I've been told, these are the good times in the making! What an opportunity to reflect back on such a time as a lot of us are unable to do the things we once were. Thanx for sharing! God luck and Godspeed on your up coming surgery as He will be with you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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COLLEENROSTE 3/31/2013 11:43AM

    oh my goodness- looking at Elvis in his cacoon- all tied in---would NOT be for this middle age woman---I'd never make it to the washroom in time at night lol. your pic of Cesar looks very much like my James- they could be twins.
We sponsor a child from Peru through World Vision- he came to our family when he was 19 months old- his fridge kid photo looks so similar to our 2 fosters at the same age- uncanny... suppose there are no international borders in God's house- we are all family

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PATRICIAAK 3/31/2013 9:48AM

    I think you are wise.

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Memory Lane: Soldados de Barro

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Since I lost my hard drive in the fall, I lost a lot of my photo files. However, I DID post a lot in my old photobucket account. So today, after having myself a good workout, I decided to retrieve some from my mission to Peru in 2006. Gave me a lot of smiles. So I figured I'd share SOME here.

The "Soldados de Barro" - Mud Soldiers - was a name that came to apply especially to the group of fellows who accompanied me to visit some churches along the Puinahua, a channel off of a larger river in the jungle region of Peru. Because we had to go against the current and the lads had to get out to haul our small boat by ropes, they slogged through the mud on the banks. Same when we ran out of oil, while one of our company got a ride from another boater to get more, the lads hauled the boat along the shore while the womenfolk stretched our legs walking.

I felt more like a missionary during these times, especially taking a squat in the brush!

Cattle sighting along the way

Sabina and I became close friends as we shared these experiences

My "sons" Jhon, Elvis, and Cesar, waiting to disembark.

Spectacular sunset on the river

The mud begins!

Jhon washes off some of HIS mud the next day at the village's pond

Getting ready to continue to other villages in a boat called a peque-peque

Out of oil - a stretch of the legs as the boys prepare to slog through more mud

Jhon, in yellow, sinks suddenly. Pastor Alcides is pushing with a pole.

One of my favorite pictures - the pastoras Sabina and Maria walking through the brilliant green rice

Poor Jhon gets the worst of the mud.

Very real hazards of missionary work - tracks indicate alligators.

This carcass illustrates that stingrays are also a hazard.

My first taste of carachama, an ugly but delicious bottom dweller

Piranhas are not the ONLY toothy fish in these waters! This guy jumped into our boat.

More mud at night as we disembark in Bretaņa

Me and my "sons" and Sabina, getting ready to return to Iquitos by "lancha" ( a larger boat)

Our transport "home"

There are so many other cool photos, but I think I'll post them tomorrow!

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KRISTINE99 3/30/2013 6:53PM

    What lovely photos! Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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COLLEENROSTE 3/30/2013 6:15PM

    you've had so many experiences wow

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PATRICIAAK 3/30/2013 4:02PM

    Could sense being there with you.

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Glancing Behind, But Looking Ahead

Thursday, March 28, 2013

I had a decent tax return this year. And since I'm not traveling, nor am I yet bringing my fiance Levi up here till we get past the bureaucratic paperwork, I am saving money towards a return trip to Peru, hoping for NEXT year.
When I left for Peru last summer, I weighted 226. I lost ten pounds by the time I came home, thanks to all the fish and the fact that I'm not big on rice, and heat takes my my walks with Papito Eladio. With hard work, using Spark's trackers, I've managed to lose another 13 more. These photos from 2011 had me weighing in around 215, I think. My little Peruvian friend is Vicki Campos Ayasta, who is like my little sister. She's a mighty prayer warrior, and it's amazing what bearhugs she can give! I am thinking of "employing" her to accompany me when I return and travel outside of Lima, as she did in 2011. We made a great team then!

Enjoying "helado" (ice cream) in Chiclayo, Vicki's home town

Vicki and I above the streets of Quito, Ecuador

With Pastora Nubia at her favorite market in Quito, Ecuador

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COLLEENROSTE 3/29/2013 8:18AM

    somehow looking back and renewing memories give us new momentum for achieving goals on the journeey ahead. Thanks for sharing your memories with us

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BRENDA_G50 3/29/2013 2:11AM

    emoticon for sharing the wonderful pictures and your amazing trip. emoticon

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KLONG8 3/29/2013 1:44AM

    This sounds so interesting. I obviously need to catch up on your blogs!

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GRAMMAP1 3/29/2013 12:42AM

    Humm...HCJB least it was at one time. My Brother and wife were Brazilian Missionaries for 30 yrs. and I always wanted to visit them. It never happened. I think S. America would be a fantastic place to visit. emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 3/28/2013 7:17PM

    great, thanks for sharing, I've never beeb further south than Mexico.

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Sunday, March 24, 2013

I was checking out a blog of one of my Sparkbuddies who is a missionary in Brazil, and she included photos of the tilapia fishing project they were doing to raise funds

and it just brought back fond memories of my own "fish experiences."

Like my lunch in Tulcan, Ecuador

And the fish market in Chiclayo, Peru

and the catfish and carachama in Iberia, Peru

And Papito Eladio and Mamita Marleni in Pucallpa

and their cats Minina and Kitty whenever a fishmonger came by

I think one of the pleasantest things about food is the memories associated with it.

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JOYFUL78 3/26/2013 3:17PM

    what a touching story and photos, hugs

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/26/2013 1:18AM

    So very true!!! Memories always make the food taste better somehow!!!
What an AWESOME blog!!! Love your pictures and thank you for sharing them and your memories with us!!
Blessings and hugs,

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COLLEENROSTE 3/25/2013 5:03PM

    you've got that right----good memories emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 3/24/2013 9:41PM

    Nothing 'fishy' about staying the course.

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1935MARY 3/24/2013 9:47AM

    Awesome. And so true. This thought made me smile. Have a good day.

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