Arrived in Panama City around 7am, left for Houston around 9:45. Arrived in Houston, cleared immigration, then spent 3 hours stuck in the baggage claim area before customs because of a very bad thunderstorm. Proceeded to freak out a little and get into survival mode. Eventually, everyone made it through and I started freaking out about how I was going to get to Notre Dame.
When I say goodbye to my teammates, hugging each one turn-by-turn, I already feel some heartache of perfect times over. When I arrive at my gate, C11, and sit down at an iPad-equipped high table, it hits me like thunder.
“I am leaving paradise.” Continue reading
Today was our ‘fun’ day! We went to El Patio around 9am to get salteñas. It was a good time of fellowship, exchanging some gifts, talking. Then, we broke off into little groups to go shopping, sightsee, etc. I went with Carmen, Tina, Silas, Josue, and Marco to shop, then look at Casa de Liberdad Bolivia’s equivalent of Independence Hall. Then we looked at a store/’museum’ featuring real hand-made textiles. Women sit at a special loom and can spend 6 months making an 18″x12″ piece, creating shapes and using colors to tell stories. I ended up buying a beautiful poncho made on a different electric-powered loom from alpaca fur. If you see me wearing it, now you know the story 😉 Continue reading
An actually-quick update! Since I just now (12am) got back from sorting gifts and the like with my team (PG’s family). We have a pretty packed day ahead of us tomorrow, so Imma try to go to sleep at a sane hour.
We arrived at the church at precisely 8:30 (which was a blessing because there was a transportation strike today, resulting in road blockades) to set up for the eyeglasses clinic, pray, etc. in time to open by 9:30. Pastor Fernando ended up arriving almost an hour late, at about 9:20. So while we waited, we prayed as a team for a while, asking for an efficient day, for unusual love, etc. I’m always reminded of how great prayer is. More on that later. Continue reading
Quick update, because I’m very tired (and also typing slowly b/c I shredded my middle finger on a razor in my bag… long story).
Today was another full day of evangelism/discipleship, then training. This morning, I went with Sister Ermenia and her kids out into the neighborhoods again. We were ‘supposed’ to go a different way from yesterday, but I wanted to follow up with a couple new believers from yesterday first. First, we visited Pamela’s house, but she wasn’t home. We did find Helen though, and went through a mini discipleship lesson with her (as an example for Ermenia to refer to when she does this on her own). Then, what was really cool was that another family member noticed us, and asked us to share whatever we were sharing with her cousin. Her household has two believers now, and we were able to give them a Bible and some passages to read/reflect on. Muy bien. Continue reading
Today was a full day of door-to-door evangelism with the nationals.
Breakfast and headed to church like yesterday. We had a short prayer and PG explained vitamin stuff, then we broke into 4 groups and went on separate routes. Carmen and I worked with Erminia and her children. We talked to several families—several were Catholic and unswerving, others were unable to go to church because of health and wanted to attend a church before deciding on Christianity, etc. Continue reading
Today was very very very busy, i.e. nonstop… in good ways 🙂
First, woke up at 7, then promptly fell back asleep until 7:30. Was slightly exhausted. Breakfast with team, then left with translators for our church around 8:45. The morning was going to be evangelism, but there were Jehovah’s Witnesses walking the streets at that exact time, so Pastor Fernando had us switch around our schedule. Interesting to remember that other religions/cults also do evangelism globally. Continue reading
I’m writing from my bedroom, shared with Janie and Tanya, at the same hostel we rented last year.
We made it!
We survived a trip totalling about 25 hours from the Austin airport to landing in Sucre. One cool thing: before we left Austin-Bergstrom, we ate for free at a restaurant called Wok and Roll. The lady who owns it is in out church’s Mandarin congregation, and she’d arranged it as a surprise (that PG inevitably leaked out). So we had a good first meal together as a team, feeling blessed by her support.
Austin to Houston, Houston to Panama City, Panama City to Santa Cruz, a 6-hour layover, and finally from Santa Cruz to Sucre. I was able to get some work done along the way, and also have some very good conversations about faith, feminism, careers, even movies, with team members (e.g. Tina and Josh). All in all, a pretty uneventful (in a good way) trip. Continue reading