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With the ending of El Reto, we had opportunities to spend more time building relationships with some of the adults. Kelly joined the women’s bible study in Arrayanes, which is meeting on Saturdays alternating with the men’s study. The women shared individual testimonies about what was currently going on in their lives. They also went over a series of scriptures reminding the women of who they are in Christ. There was a lot of laughter and tears shared during this time. I had the opportunity to spend more time with the base’s mechanic, Gustavo, as he and I worked on the truck. We took the brake rotors to get re-surfaced in Tuxpan, found a new front suspension arm, and straightened out one of the leaf springs in the rear. This provided an open door for us to get to know each other better and practice my Spanish! Kelly and I also hosted some friends at the apartment to watch the recent fútbol match between the US and Mexico.
I grilled burgers for our guests and everyone cast their vote on the winning team and final score. We had a blast and as you can tell Sandy and Mili were very excited that their country came out victorious.
Just as we were getting settled in Cofradia it was time to pack up the family again. With the truck nearly full, we made the 4 hour drive south to Guadalajara. This drive is absolutely beautiful. It has winding roads in and near green mountainsides, with occasional old volcanic rock and very old, large cactus. Finding the actual apartment was a little tricky. Sandy was nice enough to come down for the first week to help find the apartment and the other necessities like, the school, store(s), where to re-fill water, bank, etc…The first few days in the apartment were challenging. We walked into a situation that clearly we hadn’t prepared for. The good news is through prayer and receiving spiritual council from Steve as well as encouragement from our friends and family we were reminded of the greater purpose. We are now settled in our temporary apartment and successfully completed two weeks of language school.
Kelly and I are really enjoying going to the school, which takes place in a church called La Paz led by Pastor David. Its purpose is to train missionaries by teaching not only spanish, but how to pray, share the gospel, and lead devotions. We are currently in level 1 of 4. It is a lot of work for the two of us, but ultimately knowing the language will help us reach so many more people with the Word. We always knew the class size could be small, but for this level, it’s just Kelly and I. Our instructors Erika and Chaio have been very encouraging and always provide positive feedback. I know our relationships will continue to grow closer as the weeks go by. Kelly and I led our first devotions and prayers in Spanish last week. I shared Jeremiah 29:13 & 14 and Kelly shared Psalms 32:8. The prayers were simple but we were excited to do it.
Time away from school has involved finding two different parks to take Phoebe for exercise and play time. She really enjoys the cooler less humid weather! We met Bere who owns a store across from our apartment. Maru re-fills our drinking water, and Arianna who helped us out tremendously during our first laundromat trip. We also stopped at a meat store or carneceria. I bought really thick cuts of bacon and some ground beef to start off with. While we were there, a few men were unloading sections of cow off a truck. Definitely a site we are not used to seeing! We met Marco who installed our TelMex internet, which we love!! Driving here has been a challenge as well. Every time we get in the truck, there is the opportunity to get lost. I can’t wait until we are more familiar with the roads and rules, which are fluid or flexible, to be able to expand our perimeter of familiarity.
Health – It’s important we continue to stay healthy. The temperatures are starting to drop, and the first two weeks here have been mentally draining. The school requires that if you miss more than 2 days during a level, you may need to re-take the level. It’s definitely important we are there!
Apartment – Please pray our apartment stays bug and vermin free! For now, our biggest challenge is keeping sugar ants out of our food.
Ministry - Please pray that we see opportunities to share the Word with others, as we learn the language in Guadalajara. Also pray that people within the Cy-Fair congregation who God is stirring to come to Cofradia as part of the next short-term mission trip at the end of January are open to joining the team.
Language School – We had a very successful first two weeks of school. Please pray as the difficulty increases, we are able to retain the information and progress with the language.
Oh, cómo Le gusta!
Lain and Kelly Grant
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