You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in You.
Sustained in Perfect Peace
You may have noticed that this month’s verse is the same as last month – that was deliberate! These past few weeks have been a bit busy and stressful, but I’m constantly reminded of God’s care and provision for me.
I have been taking language classes for seven weeks now, and I am still making steady progress! My Spanish is not perfect yet by any means, and there are still days when I go home from my lessons exhausted and frustrated. There are even times when I don’t know a word in Spanish and I can’t remember it in English, either! But those days are fewer and further between than they were for my first few weeks. I have reached the point where I can often recognize when I have made a mistake in speaking or writing, and correct my mistakes much of the time! Sometimes I can even understand a joke in Spanish, or figure out a new word in a conversation by context alone. These seemingly little milestones have been encouraging, especially since I know I still have such a long way to go!
I finally had the opportunity to try roasted Guinea pig, a traditional dish in the Andean regions of Ecuador, Bolivia, and Peru. Here it is known as cuy, a word from the Kichwa language that describes the high-pitched sound the animal makes. I did not care for the taste or the texture, but I’m happy to have tried it! The other photo is tigrillo, a fried mash of green plantains, cheese, and peanut butter! Served with a fried egg, it makes a delicious, hearty breakfast. By far one of my favorite meals so far!
More Hellos and Goodbyes
One of the Yay Duck/Yuck Duck experiences of doing a homestay with other language students – the constant cycle of hellos and goodbyes. The photo on the left is me with my classmate from Germany. The other is me with my most recent roommate – from Arizona! It’s always fun to meet another American!
The photos below were taken at the stunning Iglesia de la Basilica, a large neo-Gothic church in Quito’s historic center. Although the first stone was laid in 1892, the building technically remains unfinished. Local legend claims that when the Basilica is completed, the end of world will come.
The Simon Bolivar Spanish School! The facility has several classrooms, a sitting room, and a kitchen (which is always stocked with fresh tea and coffee!). In addition to Spanish classes, the school also offers cooking lessons, dance classes, and other opportunities for students to learn and practice Spanish.
Happy (belated) Thanksgiving!
The holiday is not typically celebrated here in Ecuador, but I wanted to share some of my family’s recipes with my host family and the other students staying in the house. I spent the day cooking several of my favorite Thanksgiving dishes – a roasted turkey, sweet potato casserole, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. It was a monumental task, made possible only with the help of the housekeeper, who lovingly laughed at my terrible Spanish as I tried to explain the recipes. After dinner I was able to see some of my famiy and friends back home through a video call.
I am thankful for my family and friends all over the world, as well as my new friends here in Ecuador. And I am grateful beyond words for a God who is always present with me.
Thanking God for You!
If you’ve read this far, thank you! I’m grateful for the opportunity to share my new life with you and show you a little bit of this beautiful country whose people I love so dearly. Thank you for your prayers and support as I follow God’s calling to share Christ with the Ecuadorians and others I meet along the way. This work would not be possible without you! I love you all and pray for you continually.
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Prayer Requests for November
- For God’s continued peace and comfort as I face homesickness.
- For continued diligence and perseverance in learning and practicing Spanish.
- For more opportunities to share the Gospel!
Praise God with Me!
- My comprehension of Spanish is growing, and my host mom has commented on my progress!
- I feel more settled into this new routine and life.
- I have had several opportunities to share the Gospel!