So, I see I’ve managed to not post anything since October 4 and there is 30 minutes left for November 17 (in my timezone). How do these gaps happen? Never mind answering. I know, I know.
So this will be quick because I need to get to bed. Here are a few things you might have missed (b/c I haven’t posted…no need to remind me again!).
- House church services are continuing.
- Beth picked up a new MK geometry student in Puebla (the daughter of the director of our biblical seminary there). Beth is teaching her via Skype video call everyday (M-F). This brings her to 3 full-time math students via Skype.
- I turned 50 on Mexico’s “Day of the Dead.” Ironic, isn’t it?
- In case you haven’t heard, there will be a new President in the USA. (I’m sure you’re about sick of talking/hearing about it all.)
- I discovered that people on blood thinners should not bite their tongue (literally speaking). I thought I was going to bleed to death. It took over 6 hours to stop the bleeding. I’m left with a strange wound on my tongue…right on top in the middle…a flap of the tissue is left there and feels weird, is still sore after 11 days now, and eating now requires caution and typically involves some painful moments. It’ll do me good to slow down while eating, right?
- A married couple who are good friends and ministry partners and both are expert nurses, kept us on video chat during my tongue crisis and gave us instructions on how to get the bleeding stopped. It worked though we were on the line for a couple hours. During our time chatting, they decided they would follow-through on their desire to visit us. So, they booked airline tickets for February and they’ll be here for a full week in February! We met them here in San Juan one month after we moved to SJR in the summer of 2005! Almost 12 years later, they’ll be back! We’re excited to still be here and to be able to host them again. This time, we’ll know a lot more about the area and we’ll be sure to give them a better experience.
- We hosted the parents of Cameron’s MBI roommate for one night in October and last night, tonight and tomorrow night, we’re hosting his roommate’s grandmother! Cameron just mentioned that his roommate’s brother is visiting and staying in their room. All of these guests are missionaries (including the brother who is a missionary-in-training with New Tribes). Reminds me of 3 John 7-8, “It was for the sake of the Name that they went out, receiving no help from the pagans. We ought therefore to show hospitality to such people so that we may work together for the truth.”
- At least some of our team will be sharing in a day of Thanksgiving next Thursday. We decided for the sake of having leftover turkey, we’d also at least have a mini-Thanksgiving meal at home. That may happen tomorrow.
- We haven’t yet painted the house. The weather hasn’t been ideal with more rain this time of year than we typically see. I haven’t been up to it yet either. We did receive one gift toward the paint. Unfortunately, our ongoing electrical problems in the house are probably going to have to come first. Last week, we were introduced to a recommended electrician who lives relatively close to us. He promised to come yesterday (Wednesday), but we haven’t heard from him. We may have struck out again (this would not be the first time we’ve failed to secure one…probably the third or fourth). We have another lead on one who lives about 45 minutes from here. We may try him next.
- Cameron appears to be enjoying Moody. He and his roommate and a Korean classmate (I think he’s from their floor) are planning to enjoy the short Thanksgiving break with Beth’s sister in NW Indiana. He flies home for Christmas on December 17…just a month away! And we’ll have him for 2 weeks before he flies up to Dallas for a week there and then back to Moody. He’s been working hard on the cafeteria dish crew and has managed to save about $1,000 toward his fall 2017 room and board. He received a large gift that covered this year’s room and board (tuition is paid at MBI). He’s about 2/3 of his way saved up toward a full semester’s expenses. Hopefully by next summer, he’ll have a full semester saved up and maybe a little over that. He will need a summer job and need to save toward the rest of 2017-2018. If he can get a decent summer job, hopefully, he’ll be able to get through year #2. It sounds like the majority of Moody students don’t work during the school year which gives them more time for studying and getting involved with campus life. Even so, I think he enjoys the work. He enjoys spending time one-on-one with students he is getting to know.
- Dayton is now 6′ 2″ tall. He seems to be finally developing a bit of an appetite, though he doesn’t like spicy foods (which makes no sense in Mexico!) and is picky about textures and what not. French fries are good but mashed or baked potatoes or fries of a certain shape or size, etc. are not! Well…he manages not to starve, but he gets little sympathy out of his parents. Nonetheless…he’s TALL. And hes’ a night-owl. He’s just now getting to bed and it’s a little after midnight!
- And…I’m a night-owl too, but I’m done. I need to hit the sack. Lots of ministry details that aren’t making it into this, but a lot of that I wouldn’t share on a public blog, so if you’re a prayer or financial partner, do be sure we have you on our email and/or snail mail update list. A few things happened while you were waiting…and now you know. Good night and God bless!