Thursday, August 27, 2009

no such thing as fast food

Last nights dinner:
No boneless skinless chicken breasts here. Here there's bloody bonefilled breasts. I took a while, but I eventually got it looking a lot like they sell at the store in the states.

Bryan demanded that we keep the bone so that we can make a soup out of it. We've been to a few restaurants that served chicken soup and had feet and liver and stuff in it, so he's wanting me to learn to make it. I think we'll just stick with the chest bone. I'm sure it adds enough flavor.

And I guess it turned out okay because it was eaten up.

So last night we had prayer at the church. Bryan and I bring our Ipod dock to play Spanish Christian music at the beginning, kind of like a call or something. Well anyway, we plugged it in and it wouldn't work. Then I remembered that the last time we'd used it, David accidently plugged it in without the adaptor and it popped really loud. I did this with my straightner the first time I came to Peru, and it completely ruined it. So we were bummed. But as we were waiting I asked Bryan, "hey do you wanna pray for the dock? maybe God will fix it" and my wonderful believing husband that he is said "Sure"

So we go over and lay hands on the dock and just pray in Jesus name that He would please fix it, cuz its all we have to play our Ipod on and stuff like that. Right after he started praying, it sounded like some people were walking by and we both turned around kinda embarrassed and then laughed at each other.

But nothing happened. It was still broke. So I was very surprised when Bryan woke me up last night right after I'd fallen asleep and said "LOOK!!" I didnt have my contacts so I couldn't see a thing, but I saw a light come on and made it out to be the dock. He said "I was praying and I felt like I should try it again and it works!!"

It was exciting for us. So we're hoping that God will start using us to heal people too. Thats a lot more important. But it was a great encouragement for me, because in my tiny amount of faith in the middle of all my feelings of ridiculous, God did it anyway. Amazing. And now we don't have to wait 6 months for someone to bring us another one =)

Love ya'll!




Monday, August 24, 2009

New Pics


We've started singing songs with the kids at the feeding program. I taught them one with motions and everything, and they all seem to like it and think it's pretty funny.




We got our bathroom renovated this last week. The owners of the house told us that they were going to do it before they rented it out, but we needed it really soon so we said they could do it while we were living here. Bryan and I had to move out of our room for a few days because of all the dust and stuff, but it was worth it. If you compare it to the previous post, you'll see the difference. We really like it.

We had been sleeping on the floor on our mattress, but we now have this great bed frame! Bryan ordered it and then painted it black. It looks great. It's actually the first nice bed we've had together, with a headboard and all.

We had our first youth time at our house, and we had four youth come. But they were actually from another church. There happened to be an older lady in the Sunday night service who usually goes to another church, and she told her son and he invited these youth. We had a lot of fun though. We met some nice people, and it was so encouraging to hear some good stories. We've heard a lot of negative things since we got here about how awful and sinful this city is, but it was nice to hear that other people are working to bring the Kingdom here.

David and Octavio are leaving for a river trip this week. It will be an 8 day trip, so keep them in your prayers.

Funny story... A man in our church gave us some Brazil nuts because Bryan said he'd never tried them. So we had a ton of them, and I wanted to use them for something. I found a bread pudding recipe that was really simple, but used Brazil nuts. So I put it all together and baked it. I actually had a friend over too, and I told her she should wait a few more minutes till it was done so she could have some.

So, I pull it out and it looks really good. But the taste was SUPER salty! Of course, I'd bought this instead of sugar:



But I'm not completely stupid because it does say sugar or "azucar" on it:


But then I got mad, so I mushed up half of the dessert and then threw it away:


It did look prettier than that. Maybe I'll try it again soon once I go buy some sugar =)

My project for the week... making a hymnal. Not fancy or anything, but the words of all the songs I know so far in Spanish. And then hopefully I'll just keep adding to it. But this is definately a MUST! Everybody has just been standing there during worship trying to understand me singing Spanish. so yeah, this will help.

Pray for my friend Martha I wrote about. She's in school and has a full time job which is a pretty full schedule, and also means she doesn't have a lot of free time. Pray that I'll get to spend some quality time with her.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Light's Out!

It's hard to believe we've been here for a whole month. We're slowly adjusting to every day life here. This past week was our first full week in our house.

So Mondays are our days off. We've gotten advice from many people who say, take a day to rest. So that day is Monday.

Tuesdays we take time to pray as a team with Octavio for the city and the ministry. After this we go visiting. Last week, we got to visit a few Christians who haven't been at church in while so we made sure everything was going okay. Today, we used the visiting time to invite people that live around the church to come. We are trying to use this time to encourage and meet new people.

Starting tonight, we will be going on Tuesday nights to a small pueblo called Tres Islas. The have a group of believers there, but they haven't had regular set meeting times, so it's hard for the to have church. It's also a place where there is no electricity, so we'll be having church about 4. It gets dark here SUPER early, like 5:45. Pray for this time. We feel like we need to disciple these believers who are mostly first generation Christians from what I understand. If you read our newsletter, this is the same place where two young people got saved.

Last Wednesday, the boys went to the land that Global owns here. They helped do some stuff around there, while I worked on Sunday music. This is the first time since high school that I'm leading worship, and my first time in Spanish. Playing, singing, and praying in Spanish all at the same time has proved a little challenging, but with God's grace, I'll get the hang of it. We are planning on buying a microphone stand this week, because Bryan has been holding the mic for me while I play and sing. During the songs, I can see his arm getting tired, and then he'll switch arms. Pray mostly that we will know how to lead these people into praising the Lord through song. We need wisdom in doing this. Wednesday nights we have a prayer meeting at church.

Thursday mornings, I am now teaching piano lessons =). A 15 year old guy named Jordin who really likes music hasn't been coming to church with his mom. Octavio said he grew up coming to the church, but it's like he's lost interest. When he heard I brought a keyboard, he was excited. He wanted to learn, so we had class for about an hour and a half on Thursday mornings after we all just sat around and talked. On Sunday, he was at church. I have a feeling that he is a crucial part to reaching young people in this city. Pray for him to have a hunger for God like he's never known before.

Thursday night we invited Octavio and Luz over for dinner. We actually cooked Mexican quesadillas. While David was in Mexico, some friends taught him to make flour tortillas from scratch. So we made a meal of it, and it was great to laugh with them and get to know them on a more personal level. In the future on Thursday nights, we are planning on another service in El Infierno (translate "hell" so pray for us please! haha).

Fridays we don't have anything offically planned yet for the mornings, but I'll tell you about that in a minute. But Friday nights, we've devoted to youth. This Friday, we're having youth ages 15-25 over to our house for some food and games. Usually the weekends get pretty crazy here so we've heard. We're wanting to offer a good alternative to those who want to have healthy fun. Last Friday we had a girl over for dinner who we've gotten to know a little bit. She's studying English so we only spoke English the entire night. She is someone else that I think is key in our making a difference with the youth here. We'll call her Martha on the blog. I'll keep you updated with her.

So we're almost through with our weekly schedule. Saturdays we have the feeding program I've written about on here before. Pray that this will translate into lives change for Jesus, and not only mouths fed. We're finding that a lot of kids won't come until late so they don't have to listen to the teaching. Pray for a hunger and thirst there, not only for food, but for the Word of God.

This last Saturday night, the guys played a game of futbol, or soccer, and the girls played volleyball. It was fun, and it was a beginning to forming relationships with youth and people in the church.

Sunday we have a teaching-sunday-school-ish time and then at night we have a service with music and preaching. I also aquired another piano student that's coming over to the house after church to learn for an hour before lunch. His name is Isidoro. He actually works on the land and has been working with the believers in Tres Islas.

So that's what it looks like our consistent weekly events will be.

For those of you who don't know me really well, my passion has always been to teach English as a ministry in a city. We joked this week that we should have made a flyer for piano lessons, but we made a flyer for English tutoring this week. Instead of starting classes right away, I've planned to offer tutoring to those who are already taking classes. The ultimate goal is to have a Christian English Institute where we can use the Bible openly, but train people to speak English to bring better job opportunities. Pray for wisdom as we try to sort this out and make decisions. In a town this size, repuatation is a big deal, so we want to be professional and do things the right way.

One funny thing, is that we've found out that the lights aren't very consistent. They've gone out 3 times this week. I guess this is why the only sell gas stoves here. So I've learned to cook with a candle.

Ya'll are great. I've gotten so many messages and comments about the blogs, and I can't tell you how encouraging it has been. In times where I've been down, it seems like there's been a sweet note or comment. God is so good. He knows us and looks after us.

Speaking of, one quick story before I end this, we found out yesterday that a bus had crashed and there were at least 8 confirmed deceased. This happened on the same road (the 17 hour trip) me and Bryan drove the week before last. It's a very dangerous road, and the buses go very quickly around curvy, steep roads. We know God's hand was on our car during that drive.

Thank you for your prayers. Much love!! Make sure you check out the facebook group for some of our new pictures!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

We're Home!

Hey guys,

So we finally made it back to Puerto Maldonado. We heard from Cusco to here it was a 12 hour drive, but some were saying you could make it in 10. So we got up on Friday morning at 4:30, but by the time we picked up our car and got gas, it was about 5:30. So that's where we started our countdown.

This road is unbelievable. The view is so beautiful (of course our camera was still dead at this point), but the reason it's beautiful is that you're on mountain after mountain. The road goes round and round and round and round. Coupled with this is the fact that neither Bryan or I know how to drive a standard. That's pretty much every car here, so our new car is a standard. Bryan was learning to drive as we went. He actually did a fantastic job, and it wasn't too jerky after the first couple hours.

Of course there's another peeing story. We had to stop on the side of the mountain, because for the first 5 hours there were no places to stop. It was completely mountain. So we found a big pile of gravel that we could go behind. He went of course with no problems. I however chose to squat on top of some rocks which caused slashige. This caused my shoes to get a sprayed a little bit. Seriously, why do guys have it so easy on this??

So we pushed through and kept going. Stopped at the first decent sized town and got 2 cans of tuna and some crackers. Unfortunately we had no utensils and no hand sanitizer and crackers that broke really easily. So i just splashed a little water on my hands and dipped my finger in to load up the cracker. So went 1 can of tuna. Then we arrive at a spot in the road that has three foot long wood obstacles in the road with a few policemen standing around. A lady tells us that the road is closed until 5:30. We look at our watches. It is 2:00. So we turned around to go back to the town we'd been in to wait for 3 1/2 hours.

On our way back, we had a group of about 9 people flagging us down asking for a ride back to town. They had about three kids, but the rest were adults. So we piled in and learned that they'd gotten in a wreck and been waiting at that place for most of the day. They hadn't eaten so we gave them the other can of tuna and crackers.

We headed back and the pass cleared at 5:30, and we were on our way in the dark. It was now the 12 hour mark. All in all, it took us about 17 hours, because we finally pulled in about 10:30ish.

The cool thing is that we got to use the car the next day to go to the feeding program. We really believed buying a car was the first way we could bless this ministry. It was nice to see the results so quickly. We piled in the car with a gigantic pot of rice and another huge pot of this tuna noodle mixture. =)

Another blessing is that our keyboard arrived while we were gone! On Sunday night, I played and sang for the worship at church. They've been playing a CD with Hermana Luz up front singing. All the people loved the keyboard. Even a little boy, Rueben, who's 9 kept walking around it. You could see how much he wanted to touch it in his eyes. The only keyboards we've seen for sell here at all cost a lot more than that one did and are very dinky. I'm so thankful to have it. Thanks for praying for it to get here!

The last thing is that we got a stove! We are slowly adding to our belongings. It was really nice to have a cooked meal last night. We had baked potatoes and this meat. I say it that way because I'm not really sure what the guys picked up for me to cook. But it was a bit grissly, but we all just enjoyed sitting down and eating together. Plus we found some El Paso Hot Sauce in the Supermercado in Cusco, so we all just covered the potato and meat in that.

Today is Bryan's birthday, so ya'll wish him a good one!

Bryan posted the pictures of our car on the facebook group - Bryan and Delana in Peru

Thursday, August 6, 2009

CAR STORIES

So these past two week have been a little crazy. We came Sunday, the 26th to Cusco to spend time with the home church here. Cusco has a completely opposite feel from the jungle. it's very city-like and almost has a European feel (although I've never been to Europe haha).
So the pastor of the church here helped us look for a few days that week for a car. During that time we ate with his family a few times and got to know them a little bit. But, all the cars we found were too expensive for us. It's ridiculous the difference between used cars in the states and here.
When we couldn't find one here, a friend of ours sent us to a pastor/mechanic friend of his in Puno named Mateo. This is where our adventure really began. The first night in Puno, we went to the Plaza to eat with Mateo and his family. As we were crossing the street to get a taxi home, I didn't look at the ground as I was walking, and I fell right in the middle of the street. Laying there, Bryan ran out to make sure I was okay and block the oncoming traffic from hitting me. He and Mateo helped me to the side of the road. I knew it wasn't broken, but I couldn't walk on it. We were at over 14,000 feet and it was our first night there, so the altitude started getting to me. I started blacking out and I couldn't stand up. I sat down on the corner of the street, and finally the wave of black passed. It was kind of funny looking back on it. So I iced my foot most of the next day while Bryan went to look for cars.

He didn't find one that day, so we went the next day to a place called Ilave about an hour away from Puno. The bus ride to get there costs about 2.5 soles which equates to about 82 cents. It's great. But you go to the bus station and then stand in line as buses come around. It's like a ride at six flags, except the ride is no fun. But we pile in behind these people filling each spot. You don't pay for the ride until your almost there. I find that a bit funny, but I guess they are very trusting that you have the money if you get on.
So anyway, when they came around to collect money, the couple in front of us refused to give 2.5 soles. They said, "it's usually only 2 soles and we're not paying anymore than that." for a minute Bryan and I were scared we were going to be in the middle of a fist fight. finally after a bunch of yelling, they finally gave her the extra 15 cents or .5 soles. I guess that shows how poor some of the people are in this area. It was very interesting.

So we went the next day and Mateo went with us again looking for cars in Juliaca. When we'd finally found one we liked and made an offer for it, the guy told us he didn't actually have the paperwork and we were going to have to wait a few days for him to go to Tacna, several hours away, to get the paperwork. He said it would only take two days, but we weren't sure. We told him we would wait and for him to let us know when he got back.
When we got on the bus to go back to Puno, and Mateo called his friend in Cusco to see if he'd found anything. He had found the exact same car in Cusco, the same year. The price was negotiable, but it was already $500 cheaper. So we decided to leave the next day to return to Cusco.

To get to the good part, we got here, saw the car, and really liked it. It's in better condition than the other and we got him down another $350 from the asking price. We decided to buy it and decided with the owner to do the paperwork the next day. Just when we thought the stuggle was over...
The owner comes by our hotel and says the car is actually in his uncle's name. He says we will have to travel with him to Quillabamba, 4 hours away. He is very sorry. He will pay for all our expenses, only we have to go there to do the paperwork so his uncle can sign it. Ah the paperwork of a foreign country. It seems to be never-ending. So anyway, we decided to do it.
We got up at 2:45 the next morning to catch the 3 oclock bus. We got there about 8:30, a little longer than 4 hours I'd say. Then, they bought us breakfast, fried hen with white rice. Bryan and I laughed later why they can't just have eggs and ham or something haha. But then we waited around for the uncle until about 10. When we got to the notary, it took about 3 minutes and she said "ok, now just give us an hour to type this up." so we wasted an hour by getting these awesome cremalodas, which are fruit smoothies ish things that costed 33 cents. The owner of the car paid.
We returned at the hour and signed all the paperwork. So about 11:45 all was done, but the next bus out of this place was 1. So we wasted more time just walking around and sitting with the owner and his friend. At 1, we went to the bus station and waited. The thing about these "buses" is that they are 9 passenger regular vans. But if they don't have at least 8 people, they will NOT leave. So we waited and waited and waited. We had seven people, but they would not leave till someone else came and wanted to go. We finally left about 2. So the supposedly four hour drive started.
We pulled over about an hour and a half in with a flat tire. At this point Bryan and I both had to go to the bathroom. First, Bryan decided to walk down the road a few feet and turned the other way and went. Well I always carry toilet paper for occasions such as these, and so I decided to go to. I asked Bryan to stand guard and I squatted. The scary thing was that we were on the edge of a cliff and as I stood back up I lost my balance (being the graceful person I am) and almost fell over in the place I'd just peeed. Luckily, I didn't.
We got back in the van and with the curvy mountian roads and dirt-rock roads it actually took us 6 hours to get there, 7 hours from when we'd gotten in the van. We were so glad to get back and we went straight to mcdonalds (the only american-type food around here) and then straight to bed.

but the point of the blog, if you made it through all the stuff we went through, is that we bought a car!!! haha long blog for all that. but it's been an adventure. Our camera is dead, but when we get back to Puerto, I will take some and put them up soon.

Love ya'll. Thanks for everyone who's keeping up with us and praying for us.

The END

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