As I (Christine) rode Charis’ bike with Caleb along our neighborhood’s dusty, gravel road, my soul had a washing of gratitude come flooding in. The memories of bike rides, playing ball, and blaring music with neighborhood friends came flooding back. Thank you Jesus for this gift! This gift of living in community, this gift of a new home in Montellano! When our neighbor is blaring worship music and her daughter is singing along, what a gift!! Thank you Jesus! When you and your son see the bananas get to the stage of needing to make banana bread and you used your last eggs the night before and your son says, “Let’s go to the colmado (think very small convenience store, that has everything, and I mean just about everything).” You take him up on the offer and ride the 2 minutes, tell the young man, “Dame seis huevos, por favor” ( Give me 6 eggs, please) and gratitude comes flooding in, Thank you Jesus for the simple things of life! This culture has taught me to slow down, enjoy being in community, and value relationships over to-do lists.
Los Liricos (as we have been affectionately named here – meaning The Lyricals) have hit some major milestones this month and we are so grateful to all of you for allowing us the privilege to live among such sweet people in such a beautiful land!
First off, we moved!!! We are now living in Montellano, just a few minutes walk to the Makarios school, friends on our missionary staff team, and friends we’ve met along this journey! Because of this, the youngest kids were able to buy bikes, thanks to Grandpa and Grandma Kern and have really enjoyed them! Last week after church, we walked to the local Pescaderia (fish restaurant) and enjoyed a very delicious meal all within a few minutes walk! We’ve been praying for this home for a while now, and I know many of you have too! Thank you for praying for us, you are so valuable to us!
Myah had the opportunity to play the drums during worship at the youth service last Saturday night. She also had a solo part in a song the youth presented at a partnering church in another town. (Sometime, you’ll have to ask her what you do when everyone else is in a skirt and you show up in pants…Let’s just say, one of her friends called her Dominican after this experience…she was thrilled at being called Dominican as that means we’re starting to adapt more and more!)
This past week, I was sitting in one of my favorite spots in this country, able to have a sweet conversation with an even sweeter lady I’ve come to love and talk to her about the difficulties of marriage and the strain money problems can have on a marriage. This time was truly a gift from the Lord and encouraged my soul greatly! I heard the Lord whisper to me, “Rest, be still, I’ve got this language learning thing under control for you, just rest in me!” Aren’t you glad that we get to participate in HIS STORY!
Myah took her first moto ride with a dear friend and colleague of ours to go spend time in one of our favorite places. This dear friend is such a godly example to all of us of what it looks like to love. She embodies, “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35
The Makarios staff retreat was a few weeks ago! We had a ton of fun on a scavenger hunt through Montellano taking pictures of someone milking a cow, doing a pyramid in front of a church, getting their hair done, one of the stops was even at our house for a photo with our kids (and so the MAK Staff could know where our new house was), and a whole bunch of other funny things. We also had a great time of reflecting on all God continues to do in the lives of our staff and students. We had time in the Word, time worshiping and time with each other.
Makarios was just able to purchase two pieces of property to give us another driveway/ access road to our school, and Kevin has been using his construction background to look over plans for a new school building and a new patio/rooftop at the MAK house and his Spanish is growing by leaps and bounds!!
A few miles down with lots more to go…