Monday, April 26, 2010

The weekend

This weekend we were hardly home. On Saturday, Abraham and I went to church mid-morning for an activity with the junior high youth group that we began leading in January. It is a small group with only four regular members, although sometimes others stay after OANSA (AWANA) on Wednesday for the youth group.

One day, the high school youth group and the junior high youth group began talking about having a competition. Abraham and I talked with Mario, the high school leader, and arranged a competition from the Bible book of Joel. From then on, we've been studying with the junior highers, and Saturday was the final preparation for the competition on the 28th.

Of course, it wasn't all study. When we arrived, the musicians were still practicing for Sunday worship, so we went to the kitchen to teach the kids how to play Mastermind. They all enjoyed it, although at first some of them were also frustrated.

After some time of playing, we broke out the snacks and began studying. We don't know exactly what kinds of questions there will be, but the kids have been (supposedly anyway) reading Joel every day since we planned the competition, and we've been practicing together. Have you ever seen a video of a plague of locusts? It looks awful!

Once we had gone over all the questions, the musicians had finished practicing in the sanctuary. We set up the projector and started the movie G-Force. Only one of the group had seen the movie, and they all enjoyed it.

At 4:15, as soon as we finished the event with the junior highers, we caught two buses to visit my brother-in-law in the hospital. Six called us at about 1 in the morning to say he had been admitted because of a kidney stone. When we arrived in the afternoon, I met one of our nieces and one nephew for the first time. We stayed at the hospital until night, and then went downtown to eat a late dinner. It was after 10 when we finally returned home.

At Dios es Amor, one of the recently married young ladies had her baby two weeks ago. He was born three weeks early, but he is healthy. The doctors had to do a cesarean section because Nathan was breach, and unfortunately, Jasmin's stitches became infected. She only recently returned home from several days in the hospital, and the doctors had to perform a hysterectomy on her. Please pray that she continues to heal well.

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