Friday, July 25, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
There are a few things I didn't expect to experience while I was in Peru. I expected a little culture shock, to be tired, to not be as clean or as sweet smelling as usual (;-P), to maybe get sick from the food (which thankfully hasn't happened yet), and to be busy (also hasn't happened yet). But I didn't expect to get electrocuted by my shower. That was a very bizarre first experience. It's happened three times sense I've been here because I've touched the top of the shower head and the knob too close to the source. By the third time I had stopped swearing thankfully and hopefully it will not happen again.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Today I walked to work by myself and I didn't get lost! I bet I must have looked pretty weird, a blond haired, blue eyed gringa walking down the streets of Peru eating a manzana (apple). But it wasn't so bad. I got a few cat calls but with this blond hair it's not a surprise. Anyone with blond hair is seen as very strange and even if they look like they road kill they'll be whistled at.
I'm excited for day two. I have Intro to ESL, History/Philosophy of Peru Mission, Lesson Planning 1, and Class Observation. Prayers for alertness, continued boldness with God's truth (and Spanish), and trust in Him who is able to do immeasurably more then all we can ask or imagine!
Monday, July 21, 2008
Today was the first day of training. It was strange because two of the other interns didn't get to Trujillo until 10:30 this morning so we didn't start until after lunch at 2:30. So I had the entire morning to myself. I jump roped in the roof (a very cook - both metaphorically and physically), had breakfast (apple and yogurt - should have eaten more), then walked to SALI. Lunch was amazing, then we went to the new Starbucks (it's taking over the world!!!) so that we wouldn't fall asleep during orientation. I hope that I'll be ok at teaching, but for now I still have a week of training and then the jungle...
Continued prayer is greatly appreciated. Pray that I'll adjust to food and that teaching is in my blood (mom's a teacher, think both grandparents were teachers - genetics is on my side), and that I will be bold in taking opportunities to witness to those around me. Consequently, pray that I will pick up on Spanish!
Grace and peace!
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Today was my first day at Church in Trujillo. The music was wonderful and the people are so sweet. I understood bits and pieces but for the most part I was lost. I'm praying that eventually I will start to understand. I'm a little nervous about teaching in two weeks but I have orientation and the jungle to get through first so I'll try and worry about one adventure at a time. I went to the grocery store today and it was insanity! Just one of the things I'll have to get used to!
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Yup, that's right. I finally made it to Trujillo, and in one piece. I am thankful that I didn't lose any baggage, wasn't late for any flights, and that the hotel had a shuttle to the airport so I didn't have to pay for a taxi.
Pray for continued safety, that I would find some Dramamine for taxis and the bus I'll be taking to the jungle, and as always for God's kingdom to be advanced!