Thursday, October 28, 2010

take a picha!

I had to walk to the post office yesterday to pick up a care package that Tom's folks sent to us. I thought it might be a good idea to take my camera with me... you know just in case anything blog worthy happens along the way.

The first few shots are just a glimpse of all the activity I saw going on between our house and the post office...

As I got closer to the post office I had stopped taking photos because the area was fairly clear.  This guy was passing out flyers and seeing the camera around my neck he yells out to me;
"Take a picha!"
"of you?" I ask.
So I did.


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Thought for today

Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone. ~G.B. Stern

Pastor Jose and Carla own this building...

There are four units in the building but only the far corner
unit had any damage.

Here you can see that the eave is missing.

It was located in the yard of the house right behind the their

When we went out walking around the neighborhood we met up with Pastor Jose. He took the day off from his job at the bank and was checking on their properties. He managed to get a crew out to fix the roof temporarily as he waits for a new roof that has to be ordered from another city.

Pastor Jose verbally reiterated what we were feeling:

Thank God no one was hurt. Thank God the damage was so minor. Thank God that He watched over us all.

The attitude of gratitude and the spirit of helping out one's neighbor has been a blessing to witness.

 And we continue to say...

Thank you God!
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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Hurricane Richard

On Sunday as we were watching TV to learn about  Hurricane Richard we heard the reporter say "Richard is not in the street, he is in our front yard and will be barging through the door very soon".

He was right.  Richard came barging in, cutting off power, dumping pounding rain on us, uprooting our trees and taking off neighboring roofs before he left.  He was not a welcome guest.  He came in uninvited and left a mess behind.  

The privacy fence suffered some damage

 This tree was not uprooted

but it was knocked over by the wind

my favorite palm was badly hurt

 our neighbor's tree

 Tom and I went up to our roof to check out
the damage on our street

 a helicopter was out surveying the city

 our cable tv line is down 

Tom and his machete... a happy pair.

We are very grateful that no lives were lost in this hurricane and that damage was minimal.  According to our neighbors this was the first hurricane they have actually experienced first hand.  Belmopan normally just gets the rain because by the time a hurricane gets this far inland it is usually downgraded to a tropical storm or a depression.  Richard stayed a hurricane with pounding rain and high powered winds. 

Like most of our neighbors we spent the night listening to Love FM news all night.  They were the only station with a generator so they were able to keep broadcasting all night long.   Neighbors were out on Monday checking in on each other and cleaning up.  I will post more photos this week.  It has been a long day of mopping up rainwater and hauling tree limbs out to the curb.  But we are able to say in the words of several of our neighbors...

"Thanks God!"

Monday, October 25, 2010

Geckos do not help with chores...

 Geckos will come into your house to inspect the trash.

 But they will not take it out.

They will most likely see something more interesting outside.

And then they will head on out the front door before you can talk to them about helping out with the chores.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Sunday Snap Shots

A few nights ago the moon was incredibly beautiful.  I went out in the yard and up onto to roof to get these shots. 

Ni Hao Y'all

Thursday, October 21, 2010

say what?

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I guess it is just the smarty pants American in me but I just had to giggle, and of course take a photo, when I saw that she was advertising selling "drugs and poisons".  

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

thought for today

Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint upon their knees.
~  William Cowper

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

one of my favorite places to visit

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We have a small but lively public library here in Belmopan and I feel so at home there.  And fortunately it is filled with enough books to keep me busy for while.  

The librarian is friendly and very helpful.  Her name is Mary and she is one of my new friends on Facebook.  While we were chatting the other day we even discovered that we live just one street over from each other.  Ms. Mary has such an incredible heart for children.  One day I went in there and found her painting the bookshelves because she wanted to brighten up the place.  She told me she started off cleaning the shelves and ended up deciding it would be better to paint them instead.  

I usually check out two books a week and this week one of my finds was "Reading Lolita in Tehran" by Azar Nafisi.  As a child I used to climb the tree in our front yard to read books during the long hot summers in Kansas.  Here in Belize I enjoy an hour or two in the hammock with a good book!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Bebe agua or La Gitana?

What are they?  What is the difference?  There is only one flour producer here in Belize and although the locals know the difference in the flour types offered it sure was hard for this gringa to figure it out.

Just from looking at them I assumed that Bebe Agua was white flour and La Gitana was wheat flour.  Not so. 

Bebe Agua is baker's flour and La Gitana is all purpose flour.  After a round of google-ing I found this info on ADM website.  ADM also puts out a cake flour and a whole wheat flour. 

Flour is sold in clear plastic bags either in 1, 2 or 3 lb increments.  Rice, sugar, salt and beans are also sold this way.  We live and learn here and have to ask what feel like stupid questions now and then just to make simple purchases. 

And just so you know, I prefer a mixture of whole wheat flour and the La Gitana flour for baking biscuits or cookies, or making pancakes.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Opening Night!

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Our first night was awesome.  We had worship, Tom's teaching and then a small group meeting afterward.  Due to confidentiality I didn't take any crowd shots.  But we had 8 people show up for our first night.  We are so excited and can hardly wait to see what God will do in the lives of individuals and families here at the Shepherds House and in the community.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Haven

Tonight will be the first night of our recovery service The Haven.  Not sure how many people will show up but we will be there anyway. 

The worship team is ready to go.  Tom has a message prepared.  And we have guidelines printed up for the small groups following the message. 

Keep us in your prayers and pray for all who have been invited and that those who really need this type of environment will have the courage to come out. 

We are excited to see how God is going to use The Haven here in Belmopan.  No matter what happens tonight and in the coming weeks we know it will all be for His glory!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

thought for today

Rejoicing today with the Chilean miners who are being rescued.  And what a truly overwhelming sight it was to see the 63 year old miner, Mario Gomez, drop to his knees in prayer after he was rescued.  It brought me to tears to witness his gratitude. 

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Tom testing his new hammock

We finally found one at the open market for a reasonable price.  Tom was able to bargain it down to 12.50 USD.  It is a great place to nap or read... well, you know I had to check it out too!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Electric Shower Head

This is the dreaded electric shower...

close up of wires...

Friday, October 08, 2010

How a gecko choses a magazine

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After surveying his surroundings and climbing through the magazine rack he walked around on the Newsweek for a while before going back out the side door.  I don't think he was a fan of me taking so many pictures!

Thursday, October 07, 2010

30 minutes or less...

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On Tuesday Tom and I walked over to the Immigration Offices to renew our visitor's permits for another month.  Although there were a lot of people waiting in line to see about passports, job permits, residency and the like we were in and out of there in 30 minutes!!  No forms to fill out, just answered one question about where we were living, paid the fee, got our passports stamped and then he wrote us up in his huge log book.  We will have to do this each month we are here for the first year.  After that we can apply for residency and will be free to come and go without this monthly renewal.