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.”
Monday, March 26, 2012
Pieces and parts
my laptop all charged up, I’m typing as we’re on our way to the
airport to pick up the Claytons. David and Pamela are the couple who
has answered the call for replacements for us in the SAM Regional
Office. Their skills seem to be very close to ours, so the next two
weeks’ training should go well. The clouds are burning off with
the sun coming up; it should be a beautiful fall day! Following the
calendar, it has turned to autumn here this week. There are still
warm days, but cooler nights and more variables – some mornings are
foggy, some have a little rain.
has become our best friend, connecting us 4 times last Tuesday, to
get our Spanish lessons and give Mission Coaching sessions. It’s
hard to imagine what it would have been like to do this a few years
ago, without the latest technology!
in the back of our minds, we’re formulating lists of what knowledge
and procedures we need to pass along!
been monitoring the Internet for emails from Thea, with results of
her surgery last Thursday. We were able to Skype with her Thursday
morning to wish her well and to get some pointers on handling some of
her work while she’s recuperating. She was hopeful that the gall
bladder removal would be the key to her recovery from gastroparesis.
And, Friday morning, there was a Facebook posting from her fiancé
that the surgery had gone well and that she had practically “inhaled”
a turkey sandwich afterward! It was so good to hear that she felt
good and wanted to eat something normal!
Dan and Pablo completed the installation of the “MacGyver’ed”
satellite-dishes-with-kitchen-sieves wifi signal extenders to operate
the security camera at Campo 2 (Dos), the vacant property west of
Mirna and Luana
Evenings, while Dan has been “tinkering”, I’ve
been knitting, finishing up little gifts for our friends here. And
with Friday being quite cool, I decided it was time to start
distributing, at least to my morning co-workers! I gave Mirna and
Luana matching pink scarves – they turned out pretty cute! And I
think Liliana really likes her classy black scarf too.
was Thea’s birthday (a little time spent on Hallmark.com took care
of a card for her!). It was also an Argentine holiday, the equivalent
of our Memorial Day, so there was more of a wait for the bus to ride
to Pilar (fewer buses run on Sundays and holidays). We had hoped to
purchase more colectivo
(public bus) passes but we hadn’t thought about it being a holiday
– the ticket window was closed! A few stores were closed too,
taking advantage of the dia de fiesta,
but most were open. And lots of Argentines were enjoying a Saturday
of shopping. We went to the bank, did some “window shopping”,
then to Pilar Point, a small (but 3 level) mall and, since it was
lunchtime, enjoyed a delicious pizza in the little food court
upstairs. Back on the street level, we picked up a few food items at
a grocery store we hadn’t used before. It was much larger than it
looked from the outside!
compound was well-populated this weekend with 2 different church
groups having family retreats. It’s fun to watch them enjoying
themselves in the central park between meals and services and
the school year well in session, it was time also to re-start Escuela
Domenical (Sunday School) on Sunday
mornings. The bus ministry is strong here and the opening program was
outstanding! It was well-rehearsed with an excellent music-and-dance
opening! The wooden benches had been pushed up against the walls,
creating a perfect dance floor in the center. The program lasted
about an hour, with more music and introduction of the “characters”
who would be in the weekly skits that demonstrate Bible stories and
Christ-like attitudes. All age groups were directed to their classes.
The large adult class studied Psalm 1, taught by German – and we’re
always glad to hear from him, as he speaks distinctly enough for us
to understand most of what he’s teaching or preaching. Then Pastor
Hernan took some time with us, explaining the discipleship and
evangelistic purposes of the 2 levels of The Master’s Plan
curriculum that will be used this year. Maybe we can obtain an
still in awe with how God works all “pieces and parts” of our
lives and those around us into an intricate woven pattern! People and
places, events and incidences – all working together for a precious
journey with Him and for His Glory!