After a few honeymoon weeks, life has certainly increased it’s pace. The intensity of our Spanish classes has really picked up because of an increase in the time required to complete our assigned homework and the amount of material that we have to now memorize. Who would have thought Spanish had so many verbs and what’s up with all of those tenses? It can be a little discouraging but we both understand that until we can communicate with those we are here to serve, our usefulness is limited. Our confidence is growing every day as we speak with those we meet in the marketplace and on the streets. One final bit of good news on the Spanish front, we both killed our exams to move to the next grade and that definitely deserved a celebratory dinner.
Another positive thing is that we are now able to go with our team every weekend to minister to the people in Escuintla. This has really been great for us because it gives us an opportunity to practice our Spanish, but more importantly, it gives us an opportunity to serve while we learn. Normally, on the weekends we will have a ladies ministry event followed by a general Bible study for the whole community. A couple of weeks ago, we decided to have a soup kitchen in addition to our other activities. Luis is our head chef and he always creates a tasty soup for the people and that Saturday was no different. The only problem with Luis’ soup this time was that it required the chopping of massive quantities of cilantro and by the end of the prep time, Lee Anne and I each had a blister on our finger. The blisters didn’t matter because the people really loved the soup and that is really all that matters.
Finally, as if the month couldn’t be any better, a team from our home church arrived during the last week of September. We were able to take them to Escuintla to show them all the work that God has prepared for us. We were also able to spend the week with them working together in Santa Maria. It was such a wonderful blessing and I don’t think we realized how much we had missed them until we saw them again. It was actually kind of strange being on the other side of the mission trip equation, being a missionary instead of being on the team. All in all, a truly wonderful month that makes us expectantly look forward to what God has in store for us in the coming months.