Monday, August 25, 2008

If there is one thing we do a lot of, that's eat!

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. 1 Chronicles 16:34
Yesterday we attended church at Tzunutz. This is outside of the town of Carcha, close to the place we picnicked on Saturday. We did not have to leave home until 8:30 a.m.!!! That was nice. We had a great service there with the people.

Typically on Sunday's we will visit a different church or new mission. We rarely go to the same place and we usually spend a great deal of time traveling to and from the location. It is very common for us to eat lunch with the pastor or a church member every week. This is usually Caldo and tortillas. We did not know until we arrived, but yesterday was the first birthday party for the pastor's grandson. Instead of us eating at the church, he invited us to go to his families house and eat with them at the party. So, after the service we loaded up and headed across town to the house. We had a great meal and visit with the family.

The birthday boy with his grandmother (the pastor's wife)

Normally we would have K'ekchi' class on Monday mornings but the Wiseman's were out of town for the weekend so we moved class to the afternoon today. This got our regular routine out of whack but we have still had a great day. We decided to walk uptown this morning and have breakfast at one of the local restaurants. It was a nice treat. We enjoyed just sitting and drinking our coffee and talking.

Mrs. Jane had requested a K'ekchi' lady that we know to make us some tamales. She brought them by today. The Parker's ordered some, we ordered some, and we ordered some for Ms. Fran. We saved ours to eat tonight for dinner. Tamales are a very common typical food here. These were made with chicken. They were pretty good. They are wrapped and cooked inside of a banana leaf. To eat them you just unwrap them and eat them straight out of the leaf.

It might look yucky, but it really is good!

Sometimes we surprise ourselves at the things we have learned to eat and the places we have become used to eating at. We are amazed at how God has grown us and helped us in the adjustment process. So many things, like eating the local foods, have come naturally, and for that we are thankful!

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