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I well remember before we became missionaries talking to Bro. Steve Hight. He told us that spending QUALITY time with people from Latin (and South) America was one of the MOST important things we would do as missionaries.
He told us by Quality time...he meant getting to their house and not leaving for several hours! He told us that most Americans feel like they are wasting time...but Just spending time with them means the WORLD to them, and helps win them to Jesus.
Pastor Jimmy told the church people here to take advantage of us being here and anyone who wanted to could invite our family over for dinner.
I tell you...we have been fed soooo much yummy food that I think we could fast for a week and be fine. :-)
We have enjoyed every invitation and all the food and really appreciate the kindness of everyone here.
Pastor Jimmy and his family and our family took a bus to Mr. Armando's house on Wednesday.
On the way, a man high on drugs jumped on the bus. He started asking for money and then when he got to where Nataly and Kimberly were sitting, he saw that they were looking out the window and not looking at him and it made him MAD!
He started yelling at them, "Don't Ignore me!!!!" and made a fist like he was going to punch them!
Phillip and I were up front and couldn't see what was going on, but THANK THE LORD Pastor Jimmy was near the girls.
The man looked at them and was looking at MY DIAPER BAG which Nataly was holding to steal it, when Pastor Jimmy put his hand on the bag and spoke to the man.
The man had thought that Nataly and Kimberly were alone on the bus and would have HURT THEM had Pastor Jimmy not been there.
It was QUITE SCARY!
Praise the Lord for His protection!!!
~We had a YUMMY meal at Mr. Armando and Mrs. Claudia's house and a great time of fellowship!~
They served us a BIG bowl of soup before they gave us a plate full of food like what is in front of Gaby and Sarah.
Thankfully we thought to ask them to make ONE plate for Gaby and Sarah to share...and they still were too full to finish it. :-) ~
While they were gone Kimberly and I made Indian Tacos for lunch using the Beckers' and Kelly's recipe. That way lunch was all ready for them when they got home. ~
After the good service we served more Indian tacos to Pastor Jimmy's family and his parents and they all loved them!~
Carlos couldn't sleep the night after he met us and he felt like God told him to help us. (Before we came to Colombia in 2006...God had given Phillip a verse/promise that people who didn't even know us in Colombia were going to help us!!)
Carlos and Gloria came to meet our family the next day and because of them we were able to start working on and eventually get our Colombian visa, and their Brother-in-law (who had never even met us) rented our first house IN HIS NAME for the first 3 years of our stay here.
(We paid the rent, but the house was in his name...since we didn't have our Colombian visas yet!) God has truly opened doors for our family which No man could shut! God is so AWESOME!~
Here is Mr. Juan from church with Elijah and Noah on his motorcycle and Pastor Jimmy acting like he is going to get on too! :-) ~
THANK YOU, Bro. Paul P. for the clothes you sent to Bro. Jimmy. He is sooo happy with them. They are being a BIG blessing! :-) ~
God has been helping Pastor Jimmy's uncle. He used to love to drink, and God has helped him not drink for over a year now!!! ~
I love this little outfit on Abigail. Mrs. Joan from our church in the USA got it for her.~
Thank you for your prayers for our ladies meeting on Wednesday.
Then one week from Wednesday we move to Argentina, to work for Jesus' there.