This week has been really busy (hence the lack of blogging for a few days). Also our internet has been going out a lot and running really slow. Anyways... Here's what I've been up to the past few days.
Wednesday morning we had a parent/teacher meeting for the start of the school year (on Monday). We all met in the "library" upstairs and the meeting lasted about 3 hours. At the beginning of the meeting Janet introduced me and I had to say a few sentences in Spanish. This is what I said...
Buenos Dias. Me llamo Kelly. Soy de Tejas, Estados Unidos. Estoy aqui hasta Mayo. Voy a una escuela para aprender Espanol. Estoy feliz de estar aqui.
Very basic and simple sentences, but if you know me then you know how much I HATE speaking in front of a group of people. It doesn't matter how much I know the group or how confident I am in what I'm talking about. I still get panic attacks when I have to talk in front of them. That being said even though it was a simple introduction I was extremely happy that I was able to come up with it and memorize it in Spanish (especially since I didn't go running out of the room crying). :)
The second is a bible study that meets on Thursday afternoons (Janet and Heather are also in the study, so we just leave work a little early that day to get back in time). We are doing the new Beth Moore study on James and so far it is great. I have never done a study like this before, so I am excited to get into it and hear what the others in the group are thinking about it. I was worried about being lonely here, but I am constantly surrounded by so many amazing people. I am blessed.
Lastly, I want to share a most special moment that happened tonight. When I got home from town I walked into the house where Heather was sitting along with 3 Guatemalans. She explained to me that a Guatemalan women who she is friends with invited 2 people who were in town from Guatemala City to come pray at our house. I sat down and listened to them talk and read from their bible in Spanish. Every chance Heather got she would try to translate for me, but they were speaking so quickly that it was difficult. Then they stood up and Heather explained that they wanted to pray for us. This is when it got interesting. I closed my eyes and expected a prayer like I am used to back home, but all of a sudden all 3 of them started yelling (in Spanish I might add, so I had no idea what they were screaming) at the same time. I looked quickly at Heather and she had her eyes closed and I could tell was trying not to laugh. I was the same way, but once I got over the shock of them yelling it became less funny and more special. The lady who seamed to be the leader (because you know she was yelling the loudest) then poured oil on her hands and rubbed it on both Heather and I. She touched our necks, arms, face, and head with the oil (after they left Heather and I were laughing about how it just smelled like olive oil and how we were both incredible greasy and in need of a shower). This all went on for about 5 minutes (which trust me is a LONG time to be yelled at in Spanish and doused in oil) before we all said Amen and they were on their way. After they left Heather tried to explain to me some of what they were yelling. It was a lot of giving thanks for us serving in their country and reminding us to open our hearts up to God. It was a very surreal moment that made me tear up at how beautiful it was.
God... Thank you for blessing me with this time here in Guatemala and for allowing me to experience and live these precious moments. You are good to me. Amen.