Sorry for the delay; I have been experiencing technical difficulties once again. This is just another example of opportunities God had provided to teach me patience! I am definitely learning to relax and trust Him even when things don’t go as planned.
So lets start back at last Thursday afternoon because I realized I forg0t to mention the mansion. We got to spend some time as tourists as some of the volunteers and I went to Simon Patino’s mansion, which he never actually lived in. We walked there from the guest house. It was gorgeous! The inside was very fancy. A bunch of rooms all opened to a courtyard with a fountain in the middle. The best part was that it was free! After touring the house, we walked the grounds. There were tons of beautiful trees and flowers. It was such a contrast to the poverty surrounding it. That night, we played wallyball again and watched the championship intermural volleyball game at the local university. The hospital’s physical therapist had two sisters in the match playing against each other, which made it very interesting. Friday morning I colored with children in the waiting room and ended up playing tag with two little girls. The gardener really enjoyed the show when they ran out the hospital doors, and I chased them in my scrubs, trying to corral them back inside! That afternoon, we went to Casa de Amor 2 again (kids ages 4-7). First, I learned some more patience as me a few other volunteers tried to wash their car without a hose. It ended up semi-clean but was definitely a challenge. Then we gave out dresses that my friend’s grandma had made out of pillowcases to the girls there. They loved them and immediately started dancing! Then we played outside with the kids. They all seem so happy, but I know something is missing in their lives. I can’t imagine life without parents. The tias at the orphanage love those kids so much but can never be parents to them. I’d ask that you would join me in prayer for these precious kids!
Saturday, we planned to go to Pairumani State Park at 11:30. We didn’t leave until nearly 1 due to several different things. Once again, more patience! But it was worth the wait. There wasn’t much water in the waterfall, but the mountains were breath-taking! It was such an awesome reminder of the awesome God we serve! Later that afternoon, we went to kid washing again. I got to help bathe the kids and then got my nails painted and handed out the silly bands I had brought. I even helped bathe a 2 month old baby. She was so fragile! The silly bands were a hit, and I instantly made many new friends! We went out to eat for silpancho and then enjoyed a very entertaining trufi (like a Scooby Doo van taxi) ride back to the house, which include a black light and some American pop music!
Sunday, we went to a Spanish Presbyterian church and got lost on the way, more patience! But we made it in time and enjoyed worshipping God in Spanish. Then we went out for saltenas and went grocery shopping. Another volunteer and I saw a girl passed out on the sidewalk and learned she was drunk. It was hard to walk away, knowing we couldn’t help. Once we reached the house, I packed to return to the Vargas’ house because there was a threat of blockades the next day (this could have blocked my way back to their house). This was another unexpected change of plans, but I just had to remember God was in control. Since then I have just been hanging out with the family and helping them clean to prepare for a team coming from Ohio on Friday. I came down with a cold on Saturday, so it’s been great to get to a place where I can relax and have a mom to take care of me!