Last Saturday we enjoyed a visit by our long-time friends, Juan, Carmen, Christian and Nayeli. (I’m not sure how to spell all their names, but this is close I think!). Carmen came early Friday evening and showed Beth the first steps of making a delicious pork dish called cochinita pibil. Saturday the whole family came over and Carmen and Beth prepared the pork (they shredded it and cooked it in some spices…not sure which spices, maybe achiote, some chile peppers (?), and vinegar (?)). We put the pork on corn tortillas along with refried beans, sour cream, shredded cheese, and homemade habanero salsa. Don’t worry, the salsa was mostly tomato and so not very hot. Just hot enough that one bite instantly made a line of sweat appear on your forehead. Glad it wasn’t hot! Didn’t think to take a photo of the meal, but I did get a photo of the family.
Christian is hoping to get into John Brown University in Arkansas on a special scholarship awarded to a few select Latin American students. However, his English skills have deteriorated over the past year or so from what I can tell. I’ve agreed to help him hone up his skills on Wednesdays for a couple hours. It would be great for him and his family if he could study at JBU. I have no idea whether he could be accepted at JBU or not, but I’ll work with him and at least help him with the English end of the deal. We’ll see what God has in store for him.
Currently, Christian is finishing his last semester of high school (“preparatoria” or “prepa”) and is also in the 2nd month of his compulsory military service which is comprised of serving about 6 hours every Saturday for 10 months.