To quote one of those good ´ole nostalgic movies, the sound of music, ¨When God closes a door, he opens a window¨.
I was kind of upset earlier this weekend, and a big part of that was that on Saturday I met with the missionary´s wife that I mentioned before to get a tour of HCBJ world radio missions headquarters. It didn´t go as well as I hoped. First of all, HCJB is moving out of Quito, which is crazy since they´re so well known for having been here for 75 years. Karen showed me around the office and was like… well actually… most people aren´t around and there´s only a couple of offices to show you. Then I asked her about ways I could help out this semester, which we had kind of talked about before, but to my suprise she was like, ¨Yeah actually there isn´t that much around here to do… I can ask around for you but I´m not sure if we can use you.¨ I was really confused because earlier i had the impression that there were a ton of opportunities. I didn´t get it. I thought missionaries were always supposed to need help!
I was also really struggling because they encouraged me to go to their church, English Fellowship Church. It´s basically a church just for missionary families. I liked it and all.. but the thought of going to church in English seemed kind of weird… I´m only in Ecaudor once, and I want total cultural immersion. This week one of our good friends Jose invited us to go with him to his church, which is called La Comunidad de Fe (Community of Faith). I wanted to try it out and give it a chance, just to see what church in Spanish would be like.
Oh my gosh it was SO AMAZING!!!
Comunidad de Fe has thousands and thousands of members. It is an evangelical charismatic church about 15 minutes from my house. There are so many people who want to go there that you have to wait in a line to get in. We got there early and had to sit in the very back row. But we were lucky – they run out of seats so fast that hundreds of people sit on the steps outside of the church, even though it´s hard to see and hear from there. And check it out… they sing all of the hillsong songs! The title of my entry, toma tomalo, is the tranlation of ¨Take take take it all, take take take it all!¨ When we sang that, everybody in the church was jumping and praising God like crazy. We sang came to my rescue and a bunch of other ones. It was so awesome. I cried a lot through worship because it was just such a breath of fresh air to be with believers who were so passionate. Plus by this point I can totally worship in Spanish and understand and appreciate it. What a miracle that God has provided such an amazing church for my time here. On Wednesday they have an all-evening worship service which we´re going to and i´m sooo excited! I´ve only been able to go to church twice since I´ve been here including this morning because of all of our BCA trips, so this morning was much needed.
PS – this is really weird and strange but I had the funniest dream last night. Okay first of all let me preface it with the statement that dreams are unconscious!! I had no control over this!! Okay so sorry for all those of you who will find this strange… but in the dream I was about to get married to dave wolfe. hahahah sorry meg! and dave! hahaha! and i was literally in my wedding dress waiting at the door to walk down the aisle, which was not in our church sanctuary but rather the sanctuary of phillip bongiorno conference center, hahahaha, i said to my dad… ¨Dad.. Dave and I aren´t even dating. I dont want to marry him. He´s dating Meg. What am I doing here?¨ To which my dad responded with the expected shock and horror after paying for a wedding that I didn´t want to go through with. But it just so happened that Aaron had come to the wedding as a guest… so we switched grooms and married Aaron instead right then and there! The sad thing was that Dave had made some video montage of the two of us and all these pictures of us as children and dating (which i dont know how that happpened) and we played it at the reception and that was kind of awkward! Hahahahahah! Man it was the most hilarious dream I have ever had. Please don´t interpret this to mean I am planning on getting married anytime soon! Just though you might find it as hilarious and random as I did…….I read on the medicine bottle that my malaria prevention pills are supposed to give you weird dreams and I guess they weren´t kidding!
well on that note, I hope you all have a great day! haha!