Monday, November 21, 2011
Spanish and Thanksgiving in Costa Rica
Now you must understand that I wrote out how I take someone through the gospel in Spanish and I had the Spanish on the paper reviewed and corrected. I can share the gospel with someone and explain sin, the law, man´s depravity, the need for a Savior, the substitutionary atonement of Jesus and faith and repentance and even explain the evidence of a true Christian. I usually just blast people with this 10 minute, one sided, gospel presentation and then hope they don´t ask questions.
This time was different because the taxi driver was asking the questions and then debating my answers so I couldn´t just use my usual speech, I had to actually think and speak. I have to say it went better than I thought. I´m glad I was having a good day in Spanish and not a bad one.
Everything is going good with our family down here. We are feeling a little guilty for living here when we look at the weather back home. On the way back from the market in my shorts with a backpack full of fresh pineapple and other fruit I thought about Shelby being way below 0 that same day. We take the good with the bad down here.
Costa Rican's don't celebrate Thanksgiving so all the Ticos are going crazy with Christmas. My brother Michael would probably go postal when he saw that they started putting Christmas merchandise in stores at beginning of August.
We are getting ready for a big Thanksgiving dinner at the Killillay's on Thursday. We are having chicken instead of turkey but we managed to find enough traditional Thanksgiving ingredients around town to have a pretty good meal. Although it doesn't quiet seem the same since it is 75 degrees. I miss the big Thanksgiving dinner with family and then hunting for elk in the snow and cold the next day with my dad and brothers and with a couple of turkey sandwiches in my backpack.
But Jesus is so worth missing the little things and we count it all joy give things up for Him and His glory. We thank God for the opportunity to be His slave in the mission field.