says that sometimes I make our life seem too interesting and
exciting and it is for us in many ways. But if we weren't blessed by
God and prayed for by others, the $700 a month that I earn, the police
on every corner watching out just in case, and the border conflicts
that go on daily would be a little scary; sacrifice occurs on various
levels and isn't meant to be comfortable if true growth and faith is
going to develop.
One of the places you can visit in Cartagena is a
volcano that is famous for its mud bath. You climb up to the top of the
volcano and go down into the mud pit. It is cool but not cold and you
can't touch the bottom so you have to find your balance and try to stay
head up! The locals have put up walls at the top of the volcano to
create the "mudbath area" but don't be fooled that you aren't in a
volcano. The volcano is constantly burping so it doesn't let you forget
where you are. Once you have a good "coating" massaged in, you go down
to the lagoon and
get scrubbed clean. You can even purchase a bottle of lodo to take home to have your own
The volcano was pretty obvious but not like others we have had erupt on
us in Ecuador!
was crazy to see the people coated in the mud; it was like a weird Blue
Man Group or creatures from another planet! This is the big economy for
this area and as there isn't much else out here but fishing. The waters
were somewhat polluted, but there are several islands you can get a
to for a nice sandy white beach and relaxing day. Cartagena is a stop
for many cruise ships as well so the crowds can get big and the prices
Historical churches are a part of the beauty of old town Cartagena
in Armenia, it still rains daily but life goes on. After being in the
dry and hot, the cool and rain does seem preferencial! Our school
year here is longer, 40 weeks, so we will be in school until the end of
June. Our plan is to save whatever dinero
we can to be able to support our projects in Quito and hopefully be
able to get there if we can this summer. We won't be getting much
farther unless it works out with Steve's job or frequent flyer miles.We
were blessed with his business connections and miles to be able to
spend the time we did in Cartagena.
Friday in Cartagena included the traditional Catholic procession of
Christ on his way to be crucified. I understand the biblical
significance, but always hated the ritual growing up in the Catholic
church, not because it reminded me I was a sinner, but because it never
seemed to end on the up note that because of Jesus' sacrifice,
salvation is a free gift possible for all.
The combination of the
architectures and red tile roofs made for a lot of great pictures.
Moments of the Month:
Every 8 days - all events are billed as "every 8 days" instead of once
a week or a week from today. We always say, but that's 7 days, a
week,and they reply, yes, every 8 days, and we ask, why are you
counting today? and it continues in a bad Abbott and Costello routine
until we just smile and let it go. It is fun though to see how many
circles we can end up going in.
2. Juanes Peace Concert - If you didn't see it, it was a wonderful
music event put on by a Colombian artist, Juanes, on the border of
Venezula and Colombia to demonstrate unity among the people whether the
politicians agreed or not. No politicians or leaders were allowed to
attend or be a part of it and artists from around the world came and
played for free to about 300,000 people.
guy will eventually be a solid turquoise blue in color though he looks
like he got in a paint can right now!
The price of buses, taxis, and gas went up this week for whatever
reason though our salaries did not! Luckily we like to walk and you can
do that here to most places.
4. In our church there is an older gentleman, probably in his 90s that
comes faithfully every week though it probably takes him 20 minutes to
go the 15 feet from driveway to a seat. I don't think his vision or
hearing is good, and he seems to have a permanent bent over state, but
his mind is clear and he is so happy to be able to be and
participate. He really impresses on me the priviledge we have to
worship God together and that we can't let Satan influence us to
sacrifice that for our own personal desires.
5. Steve and I go to the same barber downtown, though he can't find
anyone that can truly cut a flattop. He likes the guy because it is
cheap and he is a real barber guy. I like that he listens to me and has
really gentle hands that have a nice soap smell! He cracks me up though
because he doesn't have the fancy thinning shears or other girly tools,
so he kindof does the Edward Scissorhands thing on my head.
It takes these guys less than 10 seconds to come to the feeder after I
put out new food.