Hi everybody! If you have been following our blog you know I’ve contributed very little to date. So, here’s a couple of thoughts (hold onto your hats). First, I would tell you that things are really beginning to take shape. Even so, the language and culture is still a challenge, but with Jehovah’s help we are enduring. We just got the approval for our permanent visa, which means we will most likely get our cedula. Our cedulas will allow us to get discounts and medical benefits very inexpensively in addition to other benefits. I can ride the bus as a senior for 12 cents!
Secondly, I want to comment on what I’m eating as this was a question asked of me before we left the States. There are all kinds of vegetables; carrots, brussel sprouts, lettuce, tomatoes, cauliflower, zucchini, squash, onions scallions, corn and potatoes (several kinds) beets, turnips and many more indigenous to the area. There is also lots of meat including poultry, roasted pork, sausage, hot dogs, steak, ground beef and of course fresh fish and seafood including shrimp and calamari. I can get chicken roasted, broasted and fried as well as baked. There’s also cuy (guinea pig) but we haven’t eaten that.
As Chante’ may have mentioned we cook a lot of meals at home so when we do go out it’s a real treat. We both have a few favorite restaurants including a place that serves the best BBQ (not cuy) I’ve ever had, both here as well as in the States, and a great bakery that sells delicious little pecan pies. So I said all that to say this: don’t worry about what you will eat when, not if, you come here. The food is good and there is plenty of it!
Can you believe it? The Memorial has come and gone for another year! Our prayer is that you all were able to attend and enjoyed it with your family, friends and Bible students. This year the Paraiso congregation had a peak attendance of 243! Our hall is not that big but fortunately we have an overflow room upstairs that fits about 40 persons. The other two congregations that are bigger than ours met elsewhere so we didn’t have to juggle that. How was your Memorial? I’d love to hear about it.
I never get enough of seeing the mist over the mountains on a rainy morning…
No, we aren’t moving to Arabia, lol. I thought it appropriate to refer to the talk given by Brother Noumair “Good To The Last Drop” on the Gilead Graduation. Every bit of the graduation was so wonderful don’t you agree! Depression, anxiety, exhaustion…familiar feelings for many of us in this old system. My last post touched on that and then lo, and behold BAM! There it is, just what I needed! A friend of mine kept telling me about it, every day for a week! I thought to myself, (yes, I did ungrateful wretch that I am) “Why does she keep on talking about it??? Finally, I sat down to watch it and yes, I was blown away at how timely the information was…For ME!! I had to keep rewinding! I felt Brother Noumair looking right at me. Ok, get over it Chante’ he wasn’t but you get my point. Chet and I both loved how he encouraged the students and by extension all of us to go back to Arabia and supplicate Jehovah to replenish our energy. The sister who talked about scheduling prayer made such a nice point about lingering in prayer with Jehovah, the longer we talk to him the more we open up! Brother Heard’s talk about keeping our eyes on Jehovah and how he wants us to find him was the icing on the cake! Read, read, read that’s what those brothers do and what a great example for us. Missionaries, need greaters, pioneers, publishers, all of us need so much spiritual energy now and we have access to it, wherever we are.
If you haven’t watched the graduation yet on jw.tv wellllll…what are ya waitin’ for, hmmmmm? I’ll let you go right now!Ciao!