Friday, June 25, 2010

Libre Gluten

As many of you know I was diagnosed with Celiacs disease a year ago, right after graduating college. It was a hard transition to living with a gluten free diet, but it was worth to not be sick any more. I can't believe its been a year and how much I have learned, I am a pretty good cook now (even my mom thinks so.) About 8 years of unexplained sickness is now over and I feel better than ever before. I have so much more energy, I know that might be hard to imagine. The transition to Costa Rica was difficult, the family I lived with a hard time understanding the problem, but since living on my own its been great. With exercise I have lost 45 lbs. since the diagnoses and my immune system is building back up. I am very thankful that it's something that I can control with diet and most of the damage can be reversed with time. I meet with my doctor while I am home in September and will get a full check on my progress. This is just another one of the many things that God has been so faithful with in my life. He has given me friends here who have celiacs to swap food and recipes, and understanding friends who help me find foods that I can eat. All of these adventures must be in preparation to write my book some day, "God, Girls and Gluten." (Title courtesy of Pastor Barry)

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Friends, Buses & Headaches

The past month and a half have been busy. It has been packed with so many amazing adventures and trials. Since moving into my new apartment I have developed some amazing new friendships that are a blessing from God. My new roommate and I are quickly becoming great friends through up lifting conversations and great coffee (Costa Rica has amazing coffee, if you didn't know.) We live in an apartment complex with a family from our language school, they too have quickly become dear friends. They are just a few years older than me and have lived in Australia for the past several years. Our conversations over afternoon coffee are an challenging, encouraging and a blessing to me on a weekly bases. They will be working in Peru when they finish with language school, establishing a YWAM base in Cusco.

I am spending a lot of my time these days on buses traveling to and from ParaĆ­so, where my church is. From where I live in San Jose, it takes about an hour by bus. It is actually very pleasant and I enjoy the time to think or listen to my pastor's messages (sermons in english are a necessity, I still don't feel completely fed from a message in spanish.) On Mondays I am out there from 10am to 10pm, mostly teaching english classes & visiting local school's english classes building contacts for the church. Then on Tuesdays and Thursdays I am spending time in the homes of people from the church, just having conversations in spanish. If you were wondering, this is where the headaches come in. After 4 hours of only speaking in spanish my head feels like it is going to explode. The worst right now is teaching english in spanish, talk about a brain smoothie. With all that said, I wouldn't trade it for anything. Though I might complain and be completely exhausted at the end, it has been so much fun. Its been exciting to expand my spanish and to deepen my relationships with the people from church. Though I am still in classes at the Institute in the mornings, I am beginning to transition into my full time ministry.

I am currently making a lot of decisions and filling out a lot of paper work with EBM, but I have just been cleared to start raising support. So the next month I will be getting that under way. It has been such a joy working with EBM and partnering with them in ministry. I can really see the possibility of some future ministry bloom out of my relationship with them. Though I would love prayer for all the things that are going on in my life, please pray specifically over the next few weeks as I work out more specifics of my ministry with the Local Latin American Church for the next few years. It truly is amazing to be serving God, though the trials get thick and refiners fire gets a little warm He remains faithful and loving.