If you saw these words on a sign, it might appear to represent an established street or pathway. Our desire, however, is to share the path of our lives as we respond to the Lord’s direction in these days, to present a work-in-progress to our family and friends (known and yet unknown).
Our lives have been shaped and molded separately and then together by God’s hand. Here, however, we will specifically address our steps through this time of life called “retirement.”
Sunday, December 4, 2011
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Sunday, 4 December, 2011
It’s almost impossible to conceive,
for a girl who’s lived most of her life in Illinois, that this
can be December, wearing tees and capris and fighting off mosquitos…
Monday was an Argentine holiday, so we
didn’t go to work and we had scheduled an online language lesson,
recommended by some missionary friends who know Spanish well, Joel
and Pam Tooley! We’re working with people at the Nazarene Seminary
in Costa Rica to experience CALL (computer-assisted language
learning) by Skype. We spent almost 2 hours with a neat lady named
Gaby, getting to know each other so she can know at what levels we are in our
Spanish comprehension. It was a answer to prayer. A little later, we Skyped with our Missions
Coaching leader, Hal, and caught up with him.
The Rojas Family
That evening, we walked down to see
Wilmar and Jessica Rojas and their 2 boys. They’ll be leaving in a
few days for Home Assignment, based in Austin, Texas. I had asked
Jessica when she could teach me how to make corn tortillas and she
offered to have us over! We hope that our Missouri District friends
will get to know them too; they are fun, generous and dedicated!
Tuesday, Josh Williams and
his dad Freddy arrived – the first of a Work and Witness tech
team coming for a time of running network wiring and computer software upgrades at the seminary and preparations for a move, in a few months, of the SAM Regional Office
to the seminary grounds.
Janet loves shopping but . . .
Josh is the IT director for this region and works out of his home in Idaho. It was great to meet them, after emails. Dan will be working with them over the next two
weeks! Wednesday, I worked ahead in publication shipments and was
invited to join the guys on Thursday to visit a 3-story shopping area
in downtown Buenos Aires – it’s all computer stores!! Not being
as interested as the guys in computer stuff, I followed them around
and people-watched until we took an afternoon coffee break on Florida
Street, a very famous shopping area. The coffee and medialunes
(Argentine croissants) were wonderful and it was great to be off our
feet for a little while! Josh walked us down a couple of blocks of
Florida Street (it’s pedestrian traffic only) and we saw more side
streets full of huge malls and shops. We’ve got to go back
The ride back to Pilar was even more interesting for Janet as she was trapped in the back seat with network rack we purchased for the team to install.
Saturday morning, we rode with Josh
“downtown” to Pilar Computacion, a store he was familiar with
from his missionary time here a few years ago.We made a stop for
medialunes at Panaderia del abuelo (Grandpa’s Bakery), then on to
Jumbo for groceries. Three more computer guys will arrive Sunday
morning for a week of work!
Sunday morning, we took the bus to
Escuela Domenical (Sunday School) where the lesson was about
the body of Christ and how we all need to work together for a healthy
church. We got in small groups and made different parts of a body out
of a sheet of newspaper, then taped them up on a board to see what a
weird body it would look like if we were in charge instead of God!
Thea suggested going out for lunch afterwards, so we walked to a
parrilla (grill) near the Seminary and ordered, then (not
really surprisingly) Josh and all his techies joined us for what
turned out to be a 3 hour lunch!
Sunday afternoon was spent reading,
knitting, resting, listening to Pastor Rick’s (back home) sermon from last
week… until it was time to get back on the bus for church. I’ve
got to be honest; just the thought of Sundays lately can be
depressing. It’s the hardest day of the week because
we’re at church where we’d really like to be enjoying the service
and getting to know the people. But we can’t
because of the language barrier. It seemed like fewer people were
greeting us and even trying to make any contact. This week I was
determined to stay focused and understand the service as much as possible. During the
greeting time, several ladies made a point to give me really good
hugs and it was encouraging. Toward the end of the two-hour service,
we had communion. God is good!