June 10, 2013
Old Stitches, New Friend
My medical bag got a bit of use again this week when we traveled out to see a friend recovering from knee surgery. I was the official Remover of Stitches, paid in full by a delicious, warm apple strudel made from scratch by his lovely new wife. Newlywed bliss.
We also learned how to make candles from the stuff on this tray, using a little ingenuity and the kitchen stove. I'm pretty excited about putting that into practice and finding a way to incorporate it into the ministry. Candle making, anyone?
We then scooted over to visit Sara, a missionary student who'd just arrived in Paraguay and is staying with some other friends of ours, conveniently living near the limping candlemaker. We got to take part in her orientation meeting and contribute our two-cents worth to the part about what-to-know about Paraguayan culture. We were excited to arrange for her to spend a few days with us and experience some of our ministries. It's always refreshing to meet young people eager to come on the mission field.
At one point, a little girl in front of Sara was trying to explain how she should tie a knot in her string, but was speaking way too fast for Sara to understand.
Sara: "Slow, please?"
Little girl, not missing a beat, but with that voice full of pity: "Sure. You can tie it slow if you need to."
The next morning, Sara left her passport at the gate, got her wrist stamped, and went inside to meet the teens in prison. We came in carrying a few bags of donated clothes (much needed, with the colder weather blowing in), which meant we'd have a lot more in attendance than usual. I took advantage of that and took my time through this week's Bible lesson, elaborating on what Noah's story means to each of us and how they can apply those principles to their own lives. They patiently listened and timidly responded to my questions until we finally handed out the clothes and shoes. That quickly left us with the normal core group. Oh, well, good thing we did the devotional first!
We walked into town that afternoon and a few girls came back to the house to give Sara more practice with Spanish. Bless her heart... by the time she'd packed her backpack to leave our place, I think she was ready for a long, quiet nap.
JUST SO YOU KNOW--Next week is Bridge Week. What? You don't know what that is? You'll have to check back next week for all the fun!!!