July in Review
It has been a busy month here in Costa Rica. We are continuing to settle in, adjusting to the heat, slowly learning Spanish, and finding our way around Costa Rica.
SCHOOL. Thank you for praying for our children as they started in the second semester of their bilingual school. Things have gone well, with minimal tears. Minimal because there have been tears. Classes completely in Spanish have left our girls (primarily) frustrated. Yet everyday we hear them trying out new words.
Continue to pray for Laura and I. A bilingual school which is geared for Spanish-speakers is hard on us as well. Often times we have no clue what is happening or what is expected. Trying to help with homework in Spanish is beyond frustrating. We are hoping to start going to a Spanish class in August so that we can be better communicators.
CHECKING IN ON TEAMS.
It has been a joy to be able to jump in on two different trips to Lagunilla and San Fernando. It is so refreshing to see local pastors being encouraged by teams from the U.S. Our U.S. teams come in giving their all and wanting to make a difference. The relief of having some help is seen on the faces of our local pastors.
TRIP SET UP.
This month I had to go do some trip set up. This usually involves meeting with pastors to make sure they have everything ready for their upcoming trip. I took Darrell along with me for what I thought would be a very simple meeting to give them supplies. Note, I did not take a translator. Now I have your attention. Lets just say that they had a lot of questions for me. Miraculously, I felt that I could understand and actually communicate back very simple answers with the minimal Spanish that I know. We left that meeting feeling pretty good about ourselves...until I told another one of our PPM staff that I just met with two pastors. Anna (who will not remain nameless) literally laughed on the phone saying "Wait, you met with two pastors...without a translator???" She could hardly speak because she was laughing so hard. She went on to say things like "who knows what you told them!" End result, the trips went great! Thanks for your belief in me Anna (sarcasm)!