It has been REALLY cold here. Well, cold for us. Right now the only exposed parts of my body are my face and my hands and my hands feel like icicles and my nose is runny. But it should turn around soon.
I got a cavity. Real bummer to have my first cavity in Mexico. And I don’t have dental insurance. Not that that will matter here. I think I’m going to go to a dentist here and have them fix it.
Saturday is Valentine’s Day! For all of you lovers out there! They celebrate Valentine’s Day here but it’s called El Dia del Amor y Amistad (Love and Friendship Day). We are having a “confra” for the youth here on Valentine’s Day. A confra is kind of like a youth conference but on a smaller scale than in the States. They invite a bunch of churches to bring their youth together to worship, play games, hear a message, and meet new people. Please pray for the confra coming up this Saturday. First, pray for Rafa. He’s the one organizing it and he’s pretty discouraged because the churches have not been really supportive or helpful as he’s been in the planning and preparation stages. Also, pray for lots of kids, for the word to be spoken clearly and with love, and for safety.
I’m really happy here. Besides getting a cavity. Which sucks. It’s really just begun to feel like home. It’s still hard being stared at because I tower over most of the Mexican men not to mention the women and it’s still hard to live in a culture that isn’t your own and speak a language that’s not your own but…I like it here. But I go back and forth on whether I could live in a culture that’s not my own for my life. If that’s the best way for me to do ministry. Because it’s hard for me to do ministry here. To relate to these people who have grown up so differently than I did and have seen and done so many different things. But Christ didn’t command the disciples to just do ministry within the group of people with their background. With their upbringing. Who they were comfortable with. No. He said go into all the world. The power of Christ is above all cultures, all languages, all skin or hair colors, all socio-economic statuses. And this is the power that lives in me. So yeah. I can do this. But only with his help and his guidance.