THANK YOU for PRAYING!
Thank you for being the supportive body of Christ.
In my first week here I was reading through 2 Corinthians and found passages jumping out at me with new meaning and conviction. One such verse was very familiar: 2 Corinthians 12:9
“My grace is sufficient for you, my power is made perfect in weakness.”
My abundant weaknesses have been clear in these past three weeks. I can’t speak as much as a toddler. I buy the wrong things in the store because I can’t understand the labels (for example I bought some sort of cream instead of powdered sugar…) I get lost on the buses. I can’t adequately express gratitude to the people who help me. I can’t give someone directions to my own apartment (a friend from church saw Olga and I walking and stopped to give us a lift, but we had to call someone else to explain where we lived). I can hardly make simple decisions like what towels to buy, because my head is swarming with questions – Are these really a good price here? Are they too thick for the humid climate? Will they never dry and simply grow moldy? Can I find matching bath and hand towels anywhere? Why do these things even matter so much to me??? etc.
My weaknesses abound, but so do God’s grace and power!
God’s grace has kept me in these past three weeks and his power is giving me strength to persevere in spite of my constant feelings of inadequacy and foolishness. Thank you for praying and ministering alongside of me!
God is answering your prayers. I know that he has much to teach me here in Paraguay and I look forward to sharing it with all of you.
Here is a picture of Beto and Graciela and their kids Grisel and Marko who greeted me at the airport. They are my host family from my church here and they have opened their lives and home to me with tremendous kindness. I am thankful for their willingness to invest in my life and teach me patiently. I look forward to a growing friendship with this precious family of believers and I am ever grateful that our bond in Christ has the power to transcend culture and language!