Sunday, August 31, 2014

Surprise!

Hey, another surprise trip! This time... Colorado. And it's just me. Zach is staying here to hold down the fort, and hopefully get us moved into our new apartment.

So.... anyone in Colorado, if you want to hang out, let me know. I'll be there tomorrow.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Well This Has Never Happened Before....

Today we were doing public witnessing at a local supermarket when we had a new experience.

Although we are in the English congregation, when we have the cart out, the majority of people who are interested and take literature speak/read only Spanish. Even when we are doing the search work in the territory, we start our presentations in Spanish. However, as you all know, Zach and I don't speak much Spanish, and quite obviously are not locals.

Well today, I was practicing reading the Watchtower in Spanish while we sat there and maybe that was part of what this lady picked up on, but she was looking at the cart and starts talking to us in Spanish, Zach replied and told her everything was gratis (free) so she picks up one of the books and notices it's in English. So in perfect English she says "Oh, you speak English too?" in a very surprised voice. Then goes on to ask us where we are from, etc. But her first inclination was to speak to us in Spanish, she didn't think we knew English, and our Spanish wasn't bad enough to give us away.

That totally made my day. Almost a year and we are starting to fit in. Speaking of, we have been back in Honduras for almost a whole year! Time goes by so fast.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Funny Experiences

Two funny things happened this week. One was service related, the other just gives a glimpse into the way things go here. We'll start with that one.

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We went through Wendy's drive-thru for lunch the other day. We ordered a burger meal and a 5 pc. nugget meal. Seems pretty easy, right? So we get the drinks...one is significantly smaller than the other hmmmm. Then we get the bags. That's interesting, there's a pie in here. I don't remember ordering that. So I look at the receipt. Apparently we ordered and paid for: 1 burger meal. 2 pies. 1 3 pc. econo-menu nugget meal. What did we actually receive? 1 burger meal. 1 pie. The drink and fry from the econo-menu, but with a 5 pc. nugget. Ok, well, we already paid and left so not much I can do at this point (plus, don't ever try to return anything or fix anything here, it just makes them shut down and stare blankly) (or they accuse you of stealing even though they gave it to you- did I ever tell the fan story?) So alright, I get an unexpected dessert. And it proclaims itself to be blueberry cheesecake, now I'm super excited. I bite into it....Apple. 

Flexibility is key here. That could have been annoying, but instead, actually made our day. Honduras is always full of surprises. 

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This morning we were out in service, and took a moment to sit in some shade. So there's four of us just sitting on a bench by a pulperia, minding our own, when this guy on a bike rides up to us and stops to talk. Apparently, he fixes umbrellas. His shop is just down the road. A sister was having him fix her umbrella, but she hasn't come back to get it. Do we know her? Can we tell her to come pick up her umbrella?
He didn't even ask us who we were, just came up and said a Testigo de Jehova needed her umbrella. He didn't know who she was either, but did know she was a sister.

It's good to be easily identified.


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Not All The Tarantulas I See Are Dead, Part II

Once again, we have come across a tarantula that wasn't quite as squished as Zach would like. Well, specifically, Zach came across it. As in, it fell out of the pile of clothes he had just picked up. In our apartment. We're really hoping it didn't sneak in through the hole in the window by the bed cause between that and the millipede in the sheets, we may never sleep again.






Monday, July 28, 2014

Belize

So we got our passport stamps. We are legal for another 3 months which will get us through the convention- just- and we'll figure it out from there. At least now we know the new rules on visas.

We ended up leaving super early Saturday for Belize and got back Friday. Airline miles are a lifesaver. Plus, we flew Avianca, which has great in-flight service. We had to take two flights each way- San Pedro Sula to San Salvador to Belize and reverse- and each flight was less than 45 minutes, but we still got drinks and food on each leg. I don't mean peanuts either. We got sandwiches with cookies and cake, burritos, all sorts of things. I think I'll fly Avianca from now on.

Belize is nice. We stayed in Belize City and really didn't do much since I was sick (plus our hotel room had a/c and cable which was a treat in of itself) but it basically reminded us of Honduras- the weather, the houses, the shops, the flowers and ocean and all that. Which makes sense since the two countries aren't exactly far from each other. The one main difference is that all the signs were in English and Chinese instead of Spanish. Since we were basically at home, I didn't take a ton of pictures, but here's some anyway.

These guys are loading a tree trunk from inside a bus to the boat.

I don't know why, but I found this sign hysterical.





Belize City's one advantage is that they have a ton of ethnic restaurants that we don't. Indian, Lebanese, good Chinese... We went for Indian one night and I seriously thought I would cry.


This river leads to the ocean. We asked our taxi driver about swimming in it and if the water is clean, because there really isn't any beach in the city. He told us a story about when he used to be a prison guard and they were transferring prisoners by bus. One prisoner managed to get off the bus and swam across the river to escape, where they watched as he was taken by a large crocodile. They found his body down river three days later with a huge bite. So no, they don't swim in the river here. 



BZE airport from the runaway. It's super tiny. You have to walk out across the runaway for every plane. 






Funny story- People in Belize primarily speak English. So I was all excited to get a chance to rest my brain from trying to speak Spanish all the time. Well as soon as we got on the plane to head there, a switch flipped and all I could do was think and speak Spanish. That definitely limited my conversing ability.



That's all for now. This weekend is the Spanish convention in town. We are going to go to part of it, although I don't know how much we will understand. My study asked me to go because she is going. That was a surprise! And of course, we have the campaign coming up in a few days. I'm sure everyone is going to have great experiences with that. Can't wait to hear some of them!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Surprise



Surprise!!!!


 We're going to Belize. Tomorrow. Or Sunday, I don't know. Haven't actually booked the tickets yet.

I'm sure you're asking why. Us too. Well, actually we know. We just don't understand.

So our visa expired last month. We went to immigration and got a 30 day extension instead of the 90 day extension we were able to get before. They told us we could come back and get another 30 days. So we went to do that yesterday. Nope. Denied. Apparently, you can't actually get an extension more than once.

Now we have to leave the country for 72 hours. By Sunday. And because of the four country pact that is great and annoying at the same time, we can't just run to Guatemala or El Salvador. We have to go further. But of course, because of said pact, we can't go through Guatemala or Nicaragua to get to another country while on an extension. We have to fly, which is quicker, but you know, not as convenient as hopping on a bus or a boat.

We're all for a mini-vacation, but you know, with advance notice. O well.

Yay new passport stamp!


Monday, June 30, 2014

Lazy Day

I was supposed to go on a study this morning, but she just called and asked me to come tomorrow afternoon instead, so I have nothing to do right now. That means you get a random post and an invitation.
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We have been seeing all these great photos from the regional and international conventions going on right now. They make me a little homesick, and jealous- our convention is in October. I love how big the conventions are in the States, and some of the stats we have seen are amazing! (Ex: Over 30,000 in attendance, 200 baptized at one convention) That is so encouraging to see!

A couple from our congregation are at an international in Texas right now. We made these cute little magnets for them to take as gifts. This is the picture we used.


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We hear that the construction at the Norco Assembly Hall is complete, or nearly there. I would love to see the finished product, if anyone has pictures. Also, for those of you who have been busy working there the last several months, if you are wondering what to do next- Come to Honduras! 
We have congregations in English, Spanish, Sign Language, Miskito and Garifuna, so you could have your pick and we would all love to have visitors.

Speaking of visitors, we are going to pick up a couple from the airport this afternoon. We haven't met them yet, but our congregation is very excited.
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I had a really nice study last week. She's seeing the importance of preparing the material ahead of time now. She even read the cited scriptures ahead of time, so when I would say ok let's read this, she would tell me about it before we read it. We also started watching one of our videos- the one on the Bible. It is broken up into three sections, so last week we watched the first part. The whole time she was really into it, and even was making comments like "Wow" and her face registered surprise about certain things. When the video was done, I asked if she had any questions, and she said no, but she was "really eager to watch the next part." I thought that was really nice. 
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So that's all for now!