Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Adapting to Duran Ecuador...

Our territory on a rainy day
Two Months...

Let us see, it's starting to hit home now that we've actually moved. We've been so busy the last 6 months feels like a blur..... but it feels like things are staring to slow down...

This past month we've really enjoyed making new friends, studies and return visits. It doesn't take away from the feeling of missing our old Cong, our old friends and our old bible studies. That seems to be about right with every move we've made, the second month is the missing what you left behind. We just have to ride it out, as we endeavor to make new memories here where we are now living, it will get easier and here too will eventually feel like home.

So far we've learned an important lesson: learn to feed yourself spiritually, yourself being the key word.  We've heard many times that "the more you give out spiritually, the more you take in". That has been the case with us especially now. We do feel like we are helping a lot more especially in the Congregation, not just Jeremy but myself also, close to 80% of the Congregation are women and so as we get to know everyone, we are learning about all the difficulties everyone is or has faced to stay in the truth. We are making sure we try to be supportive and positive with the Kingdom in mind as the solution to all the problems we face.

At times it does make us feel inexperienced and emotionally drained but it has helped to make sure we double our dosage of spiritual intake. It's helped us cope much better....   




We have also been getting to know our surroundings. Jeremy recently had a Public Talk in Milagro, not too far from where we are. Such a nice little town, it has many many plant nurseries. It was so difficult to drive past without stopping. Jeremy has limited the amount of plants I can have at home so it's probably better we don't stop at these places cause I'm bound to buy something. Hehe... why the limit, well I don't have a jungle in my backyard but the plants I do have are not small and with our last move it showed how difficult they are to move around.... So no more plants....
Milagro Kingdom Hall


We've also been getting to know Samborondon. It's the ritziest place in Guayaquil, very pretty. Almost looks like Miami. It has many malls and outside areas to eat at.  Most of the best restaurants in Guayaquil are here. The other day we found this large complex of little outside restaurants. The architecture is European looking, very different from anything I've seen in Ecuador. It instantly became one of my favorite places to visit close by. Every night they have live music and it alternates restaurants and genres. It's a beautiful little collection of restaurants with different cuisines and frozen yogurt bars. I loved it..... 





I also cooked cangrejos (crabs) for the first time. We looked up the most humane way to kill them as we bought them live from the markets. We found that placing them in the freezer for 30mins should do the trick. But just to make sure I left them there for 45 mins. I checked them, Jeremy checked them and we called a time of death. Finally they were ready to clean. So we took them out and started washing them. I asked Jeremy a second time "babe, you sure this kills them." Jeremy was like "yes babe, they're dead they won't come back to life." So I kept cleaning them. When suddenly I started to notice them moving very slowly... I asked Jeremy again.. And he thought it was probably reflexes that's all... I thought hmm.... Ok.... Kept cleaning... When out of no where the claw of the crab I'm cleaning grabs my thumb and gives it a squeeze... It didn't hurt too much but it gave me such a fright, that poor crab died from hitting the window so hard. I don't think I've screamed so loud before... It freaked me out so much I couldn't get the words out, they're still alive!!!  We figured out that putting them in the freezer only puts them to sleep... So Jeremy had to really kill them this time, yet he chased me around with the crabs calling me "crab killer" hahaha...  When we finally ate them, they were delicious! .... worth the fright....
Another funny thing that happened... A little disgusting but definitely hilarious.. While out on return visits, Jeremy, another sister and I, were having a very serious conversation. When Jeremy is in mid sentence all of a sudden stops and starts to choke and cough... I quickly started to slap his back not knowing what happened suddenly he breaks into laughter.... when he catches his breath he says... "I just breathed in a fly through my nose and swallowed it" Hahaha... Poor Jeremy...
That's been our month... full of new stories and new lessons....

Guayaquil Assembly Hall - "Keeping the Peace" Circuit Assembly

Sisters in our Cong