Thursday, November 21, 2013

So close.... Yet so far away...

Sooooo for some reason the "Hall and Oates" lyrics "So close... yet so far away.. (yeah we're livin' in a dream world!)" have been running through my head today!! I am not advocating the singers, the song or anything about it haha But the lyrics fit my day perfectly!!!!!!

I am about to embark on a venting session about my beloved Ecuador! I know I rave about the ministry, the food, the culture, the people and it's all true.. HOWEVER!!!! Sometimes the frustration of living in a developing country just makes me want to SCREAM!!! hahaha

Sooo the day was pretty normal, everything going as planned and then!! I received the LONG-AWAITED phone call announcing the delivery of my furniture!! YIPPEEEEE!!! Oh how exciting it was as the truck pulled up in front of my house! I should have know it was oh-too-good-to-be-true...

As the very nice men carefully pulled my furniture off the truck, to my grave horror I realized "IT"S ALL WRONG!!" Waaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh....

As many of you know, I have my own weird sense of style.. most of it being black and white. hahaha SO, as most of the living room suites come in 3-4 pieces, including a couch, a love seat, and 2 chairs, I decided to mix it up a bit and order 2 pieces of furniture completely black and 2 pieces of furniture completely white.  Putting aside your personal opinions as to if that will be nice or not (haha)... just answer me this question:  IS THAT SOOOO HARD TO UNDERSTAND? hahahaha 2 white, 2 black!!! It was clearly written on the order form that the nice man filled out.  And it wasn't our spanish haha We took a ecuadorian brother with us when we ordered it just to make sure there was no confusion! hahahaha

SOOOO what came off the truck???? 4 pieces of furniture, each with the bottom part of the furniture black and the top part white!!! WHAT!! They all looked like big, giant OREO cookies with the top missing!! Oh no no no this is not going to work!!!  I actually cried hahaha I know, it's a bit dramatic but WHAT A LETDOWN!!! haha

So... now you see.. as the very nice men loaded my furniture back onto the truck promising that they will remake mine to my specifications (which of course means another 2 or 3 or 12 weeks!!! hahaha) The lyrics for the song popped into my head... "sooooo close, yet so far away... yeah we're living in a dream world...."

ARGH!!!! Thanks for letting me vent!! hahaha

I will write soon with some great, encouraging, wonderful experiences of good 'ole ecuador! haha but, TONIGHT, as I sit here with a comforting glass of wine in my hand looking at my STILL empty living room, TONIGHT, Ecuador and I are NOT friends! hahahahahaha

Love you all..

Saturday, November 9, 2013

We're back safe and sound! :-)

Hello everyone! We are back and settling in here in Ecuador! A big thanks to everyone for making it such a
great visit! :-)  I am always a little bit down-in-the-dumps the first days back. But going back out in the ministry always helps me! This time was no exception! 

The sun has been shining! (I even got burnt the first day!)  We are in our tract campaign right now so that of course has eased me into preaching in spanish again (haha) Our bible students were very excited to see us! (Could it be because I bring them some Hershey's chocolate? hahaha) They always think we are never going to come back... funny.  

Specifically my little bible student, Michelle.  I called her a few days ago and asked if I could stop by and say hello and she says, "Thank you sooooo much for calling me! I have missed you sooo much!" So I stopped by (with my chocolate of course haha) and she and her younger brother sit down in the living room with me and proceed to tell me how they are discouraged because their parents haven't been going to the meetings (Michelle and her little brother Wilson, are publishers, but the parents aren't yet).  So we talked for a little bit and I asked them if they would like to go in service with me the next afternoon.  "Of course, hermanita!" Their eyes lit up and I gave them each a tract to read the night before and think about for the preaching the second day.  Well, I stopped by at 3pm to walk with them to the group and they were looking out the window for me! haha We walked to the group in the blazing sun (sorry if it is cold where you are right now haha).  We did territory for about an hour and then I had a return visit, so they went with me on the RV.  Little Wilson, who is about 10, paid such close attention on my return visit, he would look up the READ scriptures ahead of time for me and have them ready to read to the lady.  SOOOO cute.  When my call was done, we decided to walk all the way home instead of take the bus (it was about a 30min walk). So, I suggested that we give tracts to the people walking on the street.  They LOVED it!!! "Hermanita, Is it my turn? Can I give one to this lady?" Sooo cute.  I really didn't have to do to much because they were so excited when they would see someone walking toward us, they would be ready with their tracts in hand! All in all, I think I was more encouraged by the afternoon than they were and we had a WONDERFUL time.  

I asked little Wilson how school was going and he began to tell me about how his teacher wanted to force him to sing the national anthem.  He was nervous about it because she told him that if he didn't, he would receive a failing grade for the day.  So he went home and talked to his sister, Michelle, about it. She says, "Wilson, what is more important? To get 100% for the day? or please Jehovah?" Well, that was that.  He proudly went in the next day and told the teacher that it was more important for him to please his God Jehovah than to get a good grade for the day.  In the end, she didn't fail him, and he didn't have to sing! :-)
Awwwwwww.... so, Jehovah is helping me to get back into the swing of things here in the ministry. And using little kids to do it! haha

We send love to you all and big hugs!! Thanks again for taking such good care of us while we were in the USA!! We miss you all very much!

P.S. On a much more materialistic note (haha) I have ordered my long-awaited furniture for the living room (black and white of course SHOCKING!! haha) We have spent the week painting a few walls... I am SOOO excited! I owe a HUGE thanks to so many of you who over the past year and half have made contributions to my furniture fund!! YIPPEEEE!! I will send pictures when I have it all done! It should be a few weeks yet. They SAID that the furniture will be ready in a week, but by Ecuador standards that could be January... :-/ hahahahahahahaha

Have a great day everyone! :-)
Love, me