Wednesday, September 24, 2008

San Luis

This past weekend we went to a conference in the capitol city of the state we live in. We ate at KFC, so that tells you that it is a pretty big city. The purpose of the conference was to bring together all the leaders of the different villages and cities to worship, learn, and grow together.

I've read in the Bible the way the disciples, especially Paul started churches and went from church to church supporting and serving each one and gathering more and more believers together. That whole concept is the way I describe what we are doing here. We help with outreaches in each village and praying for people who are ill or hurting, but we do a lot of work like the apostles did. I have learned a lot.

The region we live in is called La Huasteca, which is not necessarily a geographical region as much as it is groups of people. They usually speak Spanish but they have their own dialect. A major market in La Huasteca is sugar cane, but right now they are suffering from a major crisis and they are not getting paid in this region right now. So this affects even those who are not in the sugar cane market, because not many people are buying any sort of products.

So back to San Luis. On Saturday night, we had a time of worship and I knew God was touching my heart and others as well. Then the pastor felt that God wanted us to have a time of offering. But he asked all the people from La Huasteca (the villages) to come up to the front. This included about 40 or so people at the conference. They lined the front of the church and the pastor said "Ask God who you need to come and give your offering to. Pray with these people who are our brothers and sisters."

We continued to worship and as we did, people came down, grabbed hold of someone's hand and put money in it, hugged them like they had known them all their lives, and prayed with them. This is like a group from New York City with a group of farmers and laborers in a small country town. They are very different. But I couldn't stop my tears thinking how beautifully Jesus binds us together as the church. It was a nice moment to see unity and sacrifice in the church.

I thought ya'll would like to hear about some of the things I was seeing and learning. Maybe Bryan will get on here later and write a funny story from the weekend.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Arm Wrestling

Last night it was raining too bad, and we were unable to go to Michotlayo like we normally do. It appeared that we would have some free time and somehow we ended up arm wrestling. This was completely David’s fault. He kept trying to coerce Delana and Liz to arm wrestle. I wanted Delana to arm wrestle too because I was the only one who knew how strong she really is. Finally after lots of discussion about this, Lis spoke up in her broken English and said, “Delana, I am ready if you want.” At this David and I were elated. Delana still didn’t want to, but David and I convinced her too if david and I arm wrestled. I knew I would lose. It was ok though because I was excited to see Delana arm wrestle. Of course I lost. David is much stronger and bigger, but what scared me was what happened next. Lis went against Delana and proceeded to smash her hand to the table like it was nothing. Delana is quite strong. I was actually petrified, but nobody noticed. However this got everybody arm wrestling. We had a ball. We were all yelling in English and Spanish. I actually beat Chak, I just didn’t want go against Lis. I was a little worried they might ask me to. In the end they didn't though, and I felt like I was twelve years old at youth camp again. Turns out Delana is the second strongest girl behind Lis in the internship, and I am stronger than Chak. So the Davis fam did ok. Anyways I thought I would share with ya’ll some of the things we do together in the internship when we have some free time. Normally we just play Uno.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Sweeping dirt and other things

Over the past few days, I've learned quite a few things I think are necessary to live here. First, I learned to make flautas from scratch. I will make them for anyone who wants them over Christmas.

Also, I learned that Jello with condensed milk makes an excellent treat. It's the only thing I've found thus far that satisfies my sweet tooth.

But as the title gives away, I learned that sweeping the backyard is something that has to be done also. There's a lot of extra dirt and stuff to move to other places in the yard. Bryan was laughing at me and wanted to take a picture, but he was about to leave to run some errands. So i'm sorry you don't get to see that picture. I'm sure there will be other opportunities.

But honestly, I am really enjoying our time here. It has been challenging to use my Spanish and understand what everyone is saying around me, but it has been good. I also have made some good friends so far. The other girls in the internship are really sweet and helpful.

I know God has brought us here. We are praying about his plans for the future, but I have to remind myself not to worry and that He will show us in time. Life is so much simpler here and it's easier to see how much I need Jesus and it makes me want to be in His presence, resting in Him constantly.

Thanks for the comments guys. I don't remember anything to make Bryan look really sappy at the moment, but I'll think on it =)

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Estamos aqui

So it's the first day of life in Mexico. We got in last night about 9ish and went to a taco stand for dinner. My mom had loaded us down with all kinds of chips and snacks for the trip down, so I wasn't very hungry. I got to meet all the interns, and my Spanish started coming back a little bit.

There are 4 girl interns other than me, one who is from Houston and is learning Spanish along with me. There are 3 guys other than Bryan. We will all share responsibilities around the house as far as cooking and cleaning go. I'll have Spanish class every morning and we'll have either a Bible class or a service to go to every night.

I was nervous yesterday on the ride down. I felt a lot better once we got out visas and headed down, but I still didn't know how the new environment would be. I'm not a shy person at all, but in new situations I'm not the most talkative person. Especially if half the people around are speaking my second language instead of my first. But I am more positive now that I need God's help to embrace change.

I am going to try to keep this updated pretty well once I start experiencing more new things. Hopefully as life picks up, my posts will become more interesting/funny. I also have been told I'm not allowed to write anything cheesy that represents both me and Bryan, so I have to monitor my writing. It's easy when I'm writing to become journal-y and just gush out instead of being interesting. So I will try to prevent that type of thing as much as I possibly can.

Until next time...

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