Of course a life of missions is a life of transitions. We transition from the comfortable to the uncomfortable, the normal to the weird and the regular to the irregular.
Lots of things change when you enter a new country and culture. The language, the people, the FOOD. Did I mention the food? Yeah boyz! this week we didn’t just have the normal rice, beans and plantain’s…we had Lizard. How cool is that. Our friends from down the road brought us live lizards for lunch. Apparently it is a family business. They catch and sell lizards for cooking. And let me just say that they were delish!
Unfortunately they didn’t leave it up to Jennie to slay, skin and cook them. I would have loved seeing that. They did all the work for us. Maybe if you come to visit us we can make Jennie attempt it. It would be fun to watch her try to cut the head off of a live lizard.
Transitions…some are fun! Like eating lizard. Some are not…Like losing your neighbors. This past week I (Tim) brought the Stimson’s to the airport for the purpose of having them move back to the States. Boo! It kind of felt like we cut our last ties to what was normal for us. It was our taste of home next door. It was sad to see them go.
But on the flip side, it was nice to have them here for the time that they were. It was nice to have a taste of normal for the first part of our transition here. It made things easier. It was fun to serve beside friends.
While transitions can be painful, they usually make us stronger. So while the last few days have been challenging, we look forward to the days ahead and are excited to see how God uses this to further His purposes here in this country, In this camp.
Here is just a quick glimpse of one of my weeks lately:
- Monday – Had our tutor come at 8:00am She stayed until 4:00pm. While she was here I worked with her for about 3 hours. In between tutoring, I back-nailed part of the garage and finished staining it.
- Tuesday – Brought Tate and Cassie to the airport, I dug a few holes for the foundation of the cabin we will be putting in.
- Wednesday – Had our tutor come again. Worked on my Spanish some more. Cleared some trees and started a fire for brush. Mowed part of the camp and finished trimming out some doors for our new bathroom.
- Thursday – spent the morning digging holes for the cabin, cleaned the garage, dug some more in the evening. Visited with some other missionaries who live close and played some board games.
- Friday – More Spanish, started another fire for cleaning brush and pine needles. Had to run to town for some materials and a bank visit. Also hosted a church group at the camp. set up chairs, and help get them set up.
- Saturday – Had a group come out to help cut brush and clean out a space for future cabins from about 8:00 to 1:00. Wrote a couple emails and did a little more digging.
- Sunday- Picked up a couple kids in the village and brought them to church. After church we got chicken and they played at our house all afternoon.
Thanks for all of your prayers and support. We couldn’t do it without you.