Settling In…

Posted: December 9, 2010 in language training, Prayer Requests

Anyone who has visited or lived in a different culture will be able to attest to parts of this blog. We haven’t been here long enough to be anything close to experts on Peruvian culture or to draw any solid conclusions. But the best we can tell …’people will be people.’ Peruvians appear to have some different values and then some not so different. One area we are sure about is those who truly love God love others. We have been treated well everywhere we’ve been both in church and outside of church.

We are adapting well, things are different but good; our schedules and routines are all messed up as we struggle for continuity. We’re ecstatic at the fact we get to be together as a family almost all the time during language training. Since the church services are in Spanish we really try to listen and understand, but we don’t get much out of them… except an ache in our cabesas(heads), however we are happy we can read the scripture passage with our bilingual Bibles. We would like to interact more with the people but don’t know how to say much in regards to deeper conversation. It’ll get better,  poco a poco (little by little).

It’s interesting that we are here learning a second language to be better equipped for some of the most intense serving we will have done in our lives thus far, yet this is probably the most isolated we will have ever been as well. Without understanding the language, having very frustrating days in language school, overwhelming hours of studying and no immediate access to spiritual family we are left to cling to Him alone, not being aided by those who love us and wish to protect us. Please don’t misunderstand me; we know you all are doing what you can by supporting us through your prayers, encouragement and finances. We don’t feel abandoned at all but rather find encouragement knowing your trusting God to take care of us. We have also found new friends here in Peru both American and Peruvian, but still feel like our Father is saying… “I am all you need, seek me each day and I will give you your daily bread. I am sufficient for you in every aspect. It’s just you and I.” Some days we feel so defeated in our language training its discouraging, but God recently allowed me to see that He wouldn’t have called us here if it He was wasn’t going to see us through. Instead of me being frustrated with myself for not getting the language, I need to have faith in God that He will allow me to learn exactly what I need, when I need it… all in His timing and in His wisdom. I am finding the old cliché to be true… “God doesn’t call the equipped but equips the called.”

This time of what I think is isolation can be one of the most full, fruitful and wonderful times of my life if I will but cling to Him during anything I think is a storm. While I’m clung to the Rock sheltered and tucked in a crevice the so called storm will seem so intense and fierce but it will pass. Once on the other side, I will emerge to look back on the squall to see it looked worse than it really was… realizing it only to be but a breeze. You see I must exercise my faith and realize if I don’t believe God will enable me to learn this language well enough, that God has called me to this mission solely for my frustration. Which cannot be true as my Father doesn’t want me just to survive or get by but to thrive in His abundance of power and strength that is allowed to me through being His child, thanks to the sacrifice of my brother Jesus Christ. “I keep asking that… the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better…that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and His incomparably great power for us who believe.” (Eph 1:18&19) I’m not saying it’s going to be easy, I’m just saying He’s going to give me everything I need for this work he has prepared for me to do. My Father did not give me a spirit of timidity but a spirit of power, love and self-control. (2 Tim 1:7) For I know I cannot sit back and patiently wait to learn the language by sitting in class but I must discipline myself by studying and practicing. I…”must discipline my body and bring it into subjection…” (1 Cor 9:27) For discipline will be the key to getting through this period, disciplining myself not only in my studies but also: to continue my daily quiet time, seek Him in prayer, intercede for you (our partners in ministry), and in everything give thanks good or bad.

I must get back to the race that’s set before me and strive for the prize. Thank you for listening. And if you wish to hear more about disciplining your walk and body, God’s temple, I suggest a quick read of Oswald Chamber’s December 5th devotional from My Utmost for His Highest.

Prayer requests:

Continued prayer for language school for all the rules, exceptions and conjugations to sink in so they can roll off our tongues.

Praise God for the 26 that signed up during the Black Friday promotion. We have some family coming and are extremely excited.

Prayer for those already signed up to come for an Extreme Colombia project. For God to prepare them for what He has for them in Colombia.

Enjoy the slideshow of our recent activities here in Peru.

Highlights: Visiting the Plaza de Armas and feeding pigeons, peeling chicken feet for soup, finding a nearby park for Wellington and buying a much needed highchair, snow on the volcanos and not pictured is the 5.6 earthquake we were in a few nights ago.

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Comments
  1. Jillian says:

    I’m not sure why I never see a link to a slideshow, but I have to say that you’ve been doing such a great job at capturing your Journey in writing that I don’t even need a slideshow! 🙂 Thank you for sharing the details of your Journey! You guys are loved and missed! Keep the updates coming… it makes it feel as though you’re a little closer than you really are! 🙂

  2. Sharon Churchill says:

    Enjoyed your newsy update — keep them coming — Best to both of you on your studies of a new language.

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