We settled on Monday and decided we would share lunch; I said I’d bring a quiche and some dessert. We arrived at the Seminary – they live on campus in an apartment – and Graciela was busy making a salad for our meal. Josué is almost 3 and is a VERY busy and social little boy. He just wanted to play outside and follow around the bigger boys on their bicycles. The rest of us, however, very much enjoyed the spinach + cheese quiche and green salad and the last of the Gooey Pumpkin Butter Cake. Graciela wanted to know the ingredients and insisted that I send the recipe to Ireneo by email. Outside the apartment, they have a garden where they’re growing lots of vegetable plants – tomatoes, squash, chard making the most of the seeds they’ve collected and the little bit of ground they can use there. We also played a word game with 13 dice with letters on them (rather like Scrabble + crosswords + Boggle) but varied the rules so we could all use English and Spanish words. All too soon, the fun had to stop, though, because we needed to get home and have dinner before a couple of already-scheduled Skype meetings with Thea, the SAM Regional Secretary, and Hal, our missions coaching leader. It’s the people we meet that make these experiences worthwhile!
We had more Skype meetings scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday evenings with our 2 young lady missions candidates that we coach. They’re very different from each other, but each is passionate about missions. One is already in the field, and one has more seminary courses to finish while she’s working full-time. It’s a privilege to have these relationships! Of course, we think all missionaries on the field (or called to missions) would greatly benefit from a coach!
Sunday was a new adventure! Robin Radi had asked Dan earlier in the week if we’d come to their church in Moreno (about 45 minutes away) this Sunday. Her husband Carlos pastors there and they needed Dan to be one of the Wise Men (a Wise Guy?!), during their Sunday service. Dave Clayton had been asked to be one too, along with Ron (another volunteer here helping for 3 few weeks with his wife Margaret), so we all met at the Seminary, along with the Rojas family, to arrive early and help with the set-up. Wilmar and Jessica Rojas played Joseph and Mary in the play, holding a congregant’s little baby boy, who was so good to just look around and enjoy his part!
The play was SO well done and I took lots of photos! Then, at the end, there were FOUR costumed Wise Men who came out from behind the curtain with gift bags on their arms for every child! This was such a fiesta!! A cook-out was planned too, so we all stayed for freshly grilled Choripan, a chorizo sausage in crusty bread – delicioso!! It’s great to see how God is working in this town and through this church!