Friends, as you are probably aware, an 8.8 earthquake, the 5thworst recorded in history, struck near Concepcion, Chile, early this morning and reports are coming in about the destruction and loss of life. Here is what AD Dave Ellis writes:
Things are still a bit chaotic in the country, with communication to Chilean leadership anywhere between Santiago and Concepción still very difficult if not impossible . . . the international airport, in Santiago, is still closed and with so many bridges having collapsed along the highways we are not totally sure about ground transportation into the country. We will monitor the situation at the airport and the possibility of entering the country by ground from Mendoza, Argentina and keep you informed. We have heard that many flights have been diverted to Mendoza but we just need to see if it is possible to get to Santiago from there as of now.
[We]are attempting to make contact with national church leadership to determine the need. Josh Renfro lives north of Santiago and felt the quake up where they are but reports no damage up in their city of La Serena.
We’re continuing to monitor the situation and are grateful that the loss of life has not been worse considering the magnitude of the quake . . .
Our missionaries are okay, Convoy of Hope is standing by to help, and we are simply awaiting further word. Do pray for our Chilean brothers and sisters.
When things go wrong sometimes it is hard to know if it is an attack from the enemy or if the Lord is allowing you to go through a learning process. This past month and half has been hard; it's been one thing after another. Many times I didn't know what to do or how to pray. I didn't know if we were being attacked so I would rebuke any spiritual attack from the enemy and I would also pray, "Lord, let us learn what you want us to during this time." Because of being attacked physically, spiritually, and financially I felt like an emotional mess and the only one who could help was the Lord. (Don't forget I was also 9 months pregnant.)
I could write a long list of all the "bad" things that happened or things that went wrong. Instead I'm going to touch on the biggest battles for us and how God showed himself faithful. First of all, there was the high risk pregnancy and a possible abnormality in Zoe. For the second time my amniotic fluid …
Tripa Chuca is a Salvadoran game that literally means, prepare yourself, "dirty intestines". I know it sounds crude but it really is a fun game that the kids play here. Oh, the things I learn as a 2nd grade teacher. I think I was more excited about learning and playing the game than than my students were, not really. They beg me all day long to play. I don't give in until car pool time. So this game, let's call it Dirty Bowels" is simple. You take a piece of paper and you write the numbers 1-10 o 1-20 all over in random order but you have to have two sets of each number. So start with the number 1. You have to find the other one and draw a line to it without touching any of the numbers. It is easy at first but once you start getting to 4 and 5 there are lines everywhere and you can't touch them. The person who touches a number or other line "intestine" loses. It is very simple and can be played with two people, a piece of paper, and a pencil…
I found lots of cute little ideas on pinterest and the knot and with the creativity of my mom I was able to have many neat, little details that made my wedding unique. Here are some of the things we did.
The flower girl basket a normal basket and my mom and grandmother made fabric yo-yo's and put them all over the basket.
My colors were purple and orange because my favorite flowers are Birds of Paradise and that is what we were using to decorate and my bouquet was made out of them. We bought purple napkins from a party store, bought a fleur de lis stamp, and had a personalized stamp made with our names and the date. It is important to buy an ink that is waterproof.
This was the ring bearers pillow. My mom made it from the extra material cut off of my wedding gown, material from her wedding gown, and the broach was from my Grandmother's wedding gown.
Typically, Salvadorans don't have piñatas at weddings. I read that is something that is done in Mexico however, I tho…