This Week

When you´re in another country, you just miss the little things.

Karen, Bailey, and I went to a little coffee shop. I got a bagel with cream cheese and iced cappuccino, and thought I was about to die of happiness.

Then, there´s this whole thing about how Americans eat more meat than… anyone else in the world. So, I´ve been craving a steak hardcore. I knew it was risky, but I ordered a burger from a restaurant. It was not a burger. I was very sad.

Can you say culture shock, anyone?

BUT, despite the little ups and downs, I am still happy to be here, and I love Mexico! Here are some real updates:

This week was another great week in the villages.

Monday, we met a new friend who showed us around the beautiful templo when we went back yesterday. He´s an artist and teacher, so his tour of such an art-history-rich building was wonderful.

We got to spend some more time with our awesome family as well. Every day is a learning experience. We taste new fruits we´ve never seen, help prepare a roof to add another floor, and–next week–will learn to make tortillas.

Through all the times of hanging out, we`ve been able to share our testimonies and some Bible verses. But, we haven´t had many big, gospel-sharing opportunities. Please pray that we won´t be fearful to jump into it!

Thank you all for your prayers so far. God is working!

Los Pueblos

¡Hola!

Oaxaca is still treating me well. I´m beginning to get down a few rules of thumb to survive in the city:

1. If you are asked a question in very fast Spanish that you don’t understand in a restaurant, smile and say ´si.´

2. If you are asked a question in very fast Spanish that you don´t understand on the street, smile and say ´no.´

3. Buy a raspa every chance you get. They´re that good.

But on a more serious note, we started visiting our villages this week! Melissa, Nick, and I hopped out of the truck and into the sight line of an awesome guy whose family has lived there for generations. He immediately invited us in to meet his wife and sons and dine on fresh fruit and spices. The plan was to explore the village a little, but we stayed at this family´s house for hours. It was far more wonderful than exploring could have been, I´m sure! The husband and wife both spoke their indigenous language fluently. Oh, and it is certainly a whole different language, not a dialect of Spanish! They began teaching us their native tongue. I knew I would pick up some more Spanish here and hoped to learn about the indigenous culture, but this was above and beyond.

After a great first day, the family insisted that we return early in the morning. We arrived at the village with enough time to hang out in a tortilleria with another really cool guy, explore a little, and then meet our friends. We visited their large garden area, and they invited us for comida–the large meal of the day. It was a delicous chicken soup with the freshest veggies and meat there can be.

So far, we could not ask for better reception! Please pray that we will be able to continue these relationships and others around the city, and pray that we will keep our focus on God throughout the summer.

Aqui en Oaxaca

Hello all!

I´m finally getting enough time in the internet cafe for a little update.

The trip here went well. Only one of our flights was cancelled, but we got on another one a few hours later, so that was smooth enough. Four of us arrived in time to walk down to the Zocalo for a taco and then get settled into our living quarters. Us girls are staying in a little house with bunk beds, a kitchen, warm showers, and a great roof hangout spot.  I really like it.

The first couple of days consisted of getting to know the city. We got to do a little browsing and try some local food. Jugo verde=mmmmm.

As for the best part so far, three of us were walking down the street when we ran into a couple of Oaxacans, one of whom wanted to practice his english. Karen quickly turned the convo to Jesus, and we had about a 30 minute conversation in the middle of the street about God. Karen and Bailey were able to talk to one of them with their advanced Spanish while I talked with the one who spoke pretty good English with my not-so-advanced Spanish. This was an amazing door that God opened! It taught me that he will use you and what you have, and you don´t have to know everything to be effective. Please pray that we will be able to meet with these guys again and share more with them.

Today, we got a glimpse of the villages we will be spending lots of time in. I am very excited! Please keep us in your prayers as I´m also nervous but very confident that God has a plan.

Also, please pray for my team in the area of spiritual warfare. We are surrounded by ancient superstitions, and we are perfectly vulnerable for attack. The devil always wants to sqaush what God´s people are doing.

I guess I can´t sign off without mentioning the two things I´ve heard about for months. First of all, no one lied; this place is BEAUTIFUL. Second of all, the food is good, but my stomach doesn’t appreciate it as much as my taste buds. Even they are growing tired of it already… This is not good after only four days! But, like I said before, the juice is yummy. And, I´m willing to try just about anything. Including chapulines. That day will hopefully come soon!

Thanks for all your prayers. God is already moving, and I know he will continue to!