Saturday, September 17, 2011
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
It is easy to compare ourselves to young single adults who seem to pick up the language much easier than us. What is wrong with us? Why can't we do this? Then we remember that we are raising a family in foreign country and this takes an enormous amount of effort and energy. We have occasion for using English regularly and therefore forfeit the benefits of true immersion. Welcome to my inner turmoil - "You should be speaking fluint Spanish." "Don't be ridiculous! I'm lucky I can still speak English by the end of a day of raising four kids in Lima..." And so goes...
Our work with Word Made Flesh Peru has been challenging. We have been in, what feels like, a perpetual state of transition and change since the beggining of the year, and it is still unclear what the end result will be when the dust settles. We are hopeful that God's will will be done and that the major structural changes occuring will result in a more effective, God honoring and God glorifying minsitry among the vulnerable and marginalized living in Lima, Peru.
We have also been spending our weekends in Santa Rosa (a small town on the outskirts of Lima) where we have been serving our Peruvian friends who are planting a church there. There is some talk about the possibility of WMF Peru becoming involved in the ministry there, and we are hoping that this conversation might open a door for us to move to Santa Rosa and to work through the local church, participating in what God is doing in that community. Only time will tell.
In other news, we recently hosted a team from our home church, First Baptist Chruch of Columbia. Eight of our brothers and sisters in Christ blessed us with there presence and labored beside us for 10 days. It was a sweet time for all of us, and God was faithful among us during their visit. We look forward to receiving more friends next month. (December is a great time to visit. Anyone interested?)
In all things, we are learning to trust God and to submit to His good, perfect, and pleasing will. The challange is to look for and to except His will for the here and now without needing to know the destination (i.e., His will for tomorrow - or months or years down the road). I've got this mastered in theory and now I'm just trying to actually apply it to my anxious heart and distracted mind.
Here are some pictures so that you can remember what we look like and picture our pretty faces whenever you are on your knees interceeding for us (I assume you either are praying for us or will start today...Right!?).
Monday, March 28, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Where do we live?
Chi: I don’t know
Lily: In Lima Peru
Eli: Peru, in God’s kingdom
Zeke: In Peru
Where do your grandparents live?
Chi: in Peru
Lily: In Illinois and St Louis and Champaign
Eli: In America
Zeke: I don’t know
Why did we move to Peru?
Chi: because we had to move back and forth
Zeke: to meet new friends
Eli: Because God called us here
Lily: Because we love God and we obey him
Why do we stay in Peru?
Chi: Just because, we like here
Zeke: Because we like it and its God’s plan
Eli: Because it is our mission that God told us to do
Lily: Because we have a commitment for three years...that’s what I heard you and daddy say
What do you like most about Peru, or where we live?
Chi: Granny dee dee’s house (which, ironically, is in the United States)
Lily: Our big house
Eli: The adventures
Zeke: I like playing Wii
What do you like least about Peru, or where we live?
Chi: There are no real train tracks here or big trains
Lily: I am away from all my family
Eli: I have no friends (ouch, this is enough to break our hearts)
Zeke: There is nothing bad about Peru
Do you speak Spanish or English?
Chi: What does that mean? I speak English and Spanish
Lily: English and Spanish
Eli: A little bit of Spanish and all of English
Zeke: Half Spanish and all English
What is your daddy’s work?
Lily: He ministers to kids on the streets
Eli: He helps the poor
Zeke: I don’t know, I have never seen his work (which is not true, he just doesn’t realize it)
What is your mommy’s work?
Lily: Dishes, laundry, and the list goes on and on
Eli: Teach us, mop, and sweep, and wash the dishes and take care of us
Zeke: Her work is teach the kids and cook
What makes your mom happy?
Lily: When we play together kindly
Eli: Us obeying her
What makes your dad happy?
Chi: obeying too
Lily: When I am mature
Eli: Us obeying him
Zeke: When he plays ball with me
What do you like to do in Peru?
Chi: Play trains with daddy
Zeke: I like to go to the movie theater and cony park and being with my mommy and daddy
Eli: Go to a bodega and get ice cream (small convenient stores)
Lily: Going on fun vacations.
Do you like to take taxis everywhere?
Chi: I like taxis and buses
Zeke: Yes, but sometimes I get motion sickness
Eli: I would rather have our own car
Lily: I don’t like being squished and I want my own window
Do you like Peruvian food?
Lily: I LOVE it
Eli: I like some Peruvian food (this really isn’t true, he likes one dish and it is very similar to chicken nuggets)
Do you like living in a big city?
Chi: Ya, I do. Is this a big city? This is a big city because it has a ocean.
Lily: The truth...not really. I like country
Eli: No, there is lots of noise and traffic, traffic, traffic
Zeke: Yes, because our house is a three story high building
Do you like going to work with dad?
Chi: Ya, so I can do pushups and be strong.
Lily: Yes, love it, because I get to hold babies.
Eli: I like going to the men’s Bible study because I get to be with dad, alone.
Zeke: Yes, I like being with friends
Do you like being homeschooled?
Chi: I like it because I like my mommy
Lily: It depends on the subject. I love writing, but I hate math. I have the best teacher in the world.
Eli: I love it because I get to learn.
Zeke: Yes, because I am very good at my letters.
Do you like answering these questions?
Chi: Ya, I do not, I do.
Lily: I love it
Eli: I can’t decide. I don’t hate them, but I don’t really love them.
Zeke: I like it.