When we first arrived, Chihuahua was inundated with rain from the hurricane activity in the Caribbean. The normally dusty brown mountains that encircle the city were an uncharacteristic vivid green. In fact, to Sherri’s annoyance, we got so much rain that it was hard to find enough sunshine to dry our clothes! Now, all that has passed & the landscape is drying out so Chihuahua is returning to its normal dry desert appearance.
Although the culture here is a typical Latino one, much as we’re used to in Paraguay, it still has unique aspects all its own. The Chihuahuences (people of Chihuahua) speak with total sincerity when they say, “Mi casa es su casa” (My house is your house). Overall, we’ve found the people of Chihuahua to be very warm & friendly.
One of the most interesting aspects of any culture is its cuisine. And the food here in Chihuahua is outstanding. We’ve never seen such a variety of salsas & chili peppers in our lives. One of the more unique food items is a modern twist on a traditional Mexican favorite, nachos.
When you get a craving for a snack here in Chihuahua, you simply visit your friendly neighborhood street vender & buy some Dorinachos. The vender takes an individual serving size bag of Doritos & cuts open the top or side, making a convenient pouch. Next, he pours in nacho cheese sauce, corn & crema (a type of mild sour cream). Finally, you add Jalapeno peppers to taste, & viola, you’ve got Dorinachos – the best instant nachos you could ever get – all in a convenient, easy-to-carry package.
But, understanding the culture of the people you are sharing the Gospel with is just the beginning. Fluency in their heart language is also of utmost importance. We are thankful that the Lord has brought us here to Mexico to learn all that we can about the Spanish language & Latino culture.
We are truly thankful for our ministry partners who are standing behind us during this time of additional ministry preparation.