You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in You.
Greetings from Quarantine!
Praise God, my host family and I are all healthy and doing well. It has been quite an adjustment to adapt to all the new coronavirus regulations, especially since they seem to change every week.
The entire country has been in quarantine for about three and a half weeks now. Only one person per household is allowed to go out for groceries and other necessities. The rest of us are not even permitted to leave the house for exercise. This has been a challenge, but thankfully the house has a small garden on the side where we can enjoy fresh air and sunshine.
In addition to taking Spanish lessons online, I am finding plenty of other things to fill my time. Because I cannot go out to walk around the neighborhood, I am exercising at home (some days!). I am also catching up on reading, taking an online course in psychological first aid, and talking with friends and family. It’s been wonderful to have more time to catch up with loved ones! My host family has also been finding things to do together – baking goodies, playing games, and watching movies!
This is my fourth week of taking Spanish lessons online via Skype. Though this arrangement has its own challenges – including power outages, weak or inconsistent Internet connections, and malfunctioning microphones and video cameras – it has been working well so far.I am continuing to practice grammar and verb conjugations in particular, and I am learning to express myself more precisely and hold more complex conversations. I am even practicing translating English texts into Spanish to get a better feel for the “sense” of Spanish, rather than translating exactly word-for-word!
My mom and stepdad visited me here in Quito at the beginning of March! I am so thankful I was able to see them before this quarantine began. We explored Quito, Santa Cruz Island in the Galapagos, Mindo, and Baños. I enjoyed spending time with them and taking a much-needed break from my Spanish lessons. I had a ton of opportunity to practice my Spanish during our travels! I was able to understand just about everything I heard spoken and read on signs, and I didn’t have any problems making myself understood when I spoke. I’m taking that as a good sign!
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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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- For unity, peace, patience, and gentleness among my host family as we continue to be quarantined with each other!
- For the national and local leaders here in Ecuador as they face incredibly difficult, weighty decisions.
- For the doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers as they face the constant risk of contracting the coronavirus while they continue to treat the sick.
- For the grocery store workers, truck drivers, and other essential workers as they face long days and frustrated customers.
- For small businesses and all the individuals and families who are struggling to make ends meet without work.
- For the administrators and teachers at Antioch as they face difficult decisions and new challenges.
- For the students and their families at Antioch as they adapt to a new way of doing classes.
Praise God with Me!
- My host family and I are completely healthy and doing well!
- My mom and stepdad were able to come visit before the quarantine went into effect here!
- My Spanish is continuing to improve and I am growing in confidence for speaking and writing the language!