On Saturday night each of us got the chance to stay with a member of the church in their homes. Each of us had a different experience that was exciting, touching and teaching.
Courtney and Lisse stayed with a family with many children. They both were amazed at the patience the parents displayed when dealing with the children. They connected with Vicki, a friend who is often helping us work during the day. They painted their nails, rode the family motorcycle, talked and went to a market before heading to church to meet back up with the rest of the team.
April had the chance to stay with a woman (Magda) and her son. They spoke in Spanish the whole time except for a few difficult words. They cooked together and talked about Magda’s time in the United States and she also shared her testimony. April had the chance to open Three Kings Day presents with the little boy she stayed with, Emmanuel.
In the family that Denise stayed with, the father worked 3rd shift so she hardly saw him. It was just a girls night where they ordered pizza and looked at old photos all night until right before bed when the mother gave Denise a professional massage. The next day they had lunch, watched movies and painted nails.
Calvin stayed with Talo’s (a GMI missionary) parents. Talo is also brothers with Gusty who is the pastor here. Calvin’s experience was a lot of talking as well as have great food with the people he stayed with. He also was encouraged to have his “first food” for the day to be God’s Word by the father of the family.
Brent stayed with a couple who lived a ways from the church. He had to wait half an hour for the bus and then took a half hour bus ride to get to the house. Although he got there late (around 12:30) they had asado (barbecue) and had great food and a great conversations for a good portion of the night.
The home stays were eye opening experiences to see what it was like to be Uruguayan. We all saw a lot of different cultural things by being in peoples houses. We thanks those who opened their homes up to us.
April, Brent, Calvin, Courtney, Denise, Lisse, and Mike.