My Spanish is improving!! This week as I was leaving from talking with a women and her family, her 10 year old son stopped me and asked are you French?? I laughed and told him no and before I could say more he asked Italian?? I just had to laugh at his expression when I said American : ) I felt like I was walking on clouds the rest of the day! Yes i do have a crazy thick accent buuuuuut it’s not an American one!! One point for Hna Fullmer!
This week we had what we call splits. This is when you change companions for the day so you can learn from someone new! This was way fun last week when I got to travel to the city and just help another Hna and learn from her, but this week Hna Riveara was going to come to my sector and I got to be in charge for the day. I nearly cried when I figured out that was what Hna. Ibarra was trying to tell me. I don’t speak much Spanish and my sense of direction is, well, it’s on about the same level as my Spanish. Such is life: ) we do what we must. The day came and I started off with my new companion! haha every single appointment we had fell through and because I didn’t know the area very well we soon ran out of houses to visit. But that meant we had tons a time to talk to people on the street! This may be the scariest part of the mission but it is also the most helpful with my Spanish! Our last appointment rolled around and we had met up with three members to teach it. We were going to teach Andres, who’s about 27 and lives alone (which means we need at least one other women with us to go into his house (for safety reasons)) anyway I called him as we were outside the apartments and he wasn’t home!!!! So we sent our members home and sat on the curb for a min trying to think what we could do, wheeeeeen he called again saying he was leaving where ever he was to come home. Great, only we couldn’t teach him because we had just sent home the other sister! haha well we ended up having a lesson with a family who lived nearby and visited Anres another day! But throughout the whole crazy long tiring day I was having fun!!! Ya, it surprised me too! But I am learning that this is a message of Joy!! When we live our lives centered on Christ we will feel this Joy no matter what hard things we are called to do!
Here are some pictures! Computer hit and miss here so I haven’t been able to send any before! The first is of the baptism of Carolina and her son Benjamin! the next is me and my companion Hna Ibarra, and the last is real life in Chile we are having a parade complete with horses and crazy clowns for a catholic holiday about Quasimodo, but no one seems to know why we are celebrating good old Quasi ; ) enjoy!
As always I would love to hear from you! My address is on my blog (http://reflectionsofachicainchile.weebly.com ) ) and my email address is email@example.com !
And for future reference Chileans have yet to discover the beauty of both chocolate and Peanut butter and Chocolate and coconut, so both reeses and almond joys do not exists in Chile : (
I hope this finds you doing well!
Hna Madi Fullmer