Along with selling our house and raising monthly support, another obvious hurdle we had before heading to Guatemala into full time mission work is language.
We do have the huge advantage in that we will be working primarily with children- and well, children are way more forgiving than adults. So, if we butcher their language they are more than happy to extend grace, correct us, laugh a little and move on. Maybe that is why I adore children so much. :)
That said, obviously to be the most effective in our ministry it is very important to us to learn Spanish fluently.
God just never ceases to amaze me with His goodness and how He cares about every aspect of our lives. From the big to the little- He is in it all.
Several weeks ago God brought Dora into our lives. Dora came to a garage sale we were having and she was in need of some items for her home- and I was in need of a friend like Dora.:) Dora is one of the sweetest, kindest, big hearted human beings I have ever met. She is quiet and kind and her love for the Lord knocks me off my feet. We started talking and soon a friendship developed. I am so blessed by this brave yet humble woman's attitude.
Dora has been coming over to our home weekly to sit and patiently teach us Spanish as well as teach us about the Spanish speaking culture. I have offered several times to pay her for tutoring us and even though I know her family could benefit greatly from the pay she refuses to take it. Today she looked me in the eye and said "Amy, you good person- you care for others and I like that. Please no pay me, this is gift." Dora has one son who is fluent in both Spanish and English and he translates wonderfully especially for a boy in 3rd grade. I couldn't help but to think of all she is teaching her son through her example. And I couldn't help but to think of all she is teaching me.
God is a God of every detail and He always gives us so much more than we could have ever dreamed for ourselves. Not only did we find a Spanish tutor-we found a friend.
I am blessed indeed.
Thank you precious Dora~ you are a gift to me. I know your one wish is to one day own a "La Computadora" (computer) so that your son can do his school work and you can follow along on this blog. I pray this for you too so that you can see how your gift touched the lives of so many- all because you cared to do what you could.
Estoy agradecido a usted mi amigo.