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Little things you may be curious about life in Mexico

Thursday, December 10, 2009
  • Kid’s love candy. Duh right?   But for kids in the mountains it’s a treat they may get if any in months time.
  • Chickens carry around them tiny fleas that leave nasty bites.
  • During some trips we stop by Christian homes who request prayer. All of them offer something to eat. You may have eaten 15 mins earlier and be absolutely stuffed but no way can you refuse, not a chance! People take this personally.
  • Kitchens sometimes have little critters everywhere. Have you ever eaten at a dirty table with ants at the side of your dish? Yep, one time there was a little bug in my soup.
  • Lemons are my best friend when served a meal. If at any time I don’t like something I squeeze a lemon and it taste a bit better.
  • The way to the mountains of hidalgo can be sickening, literally. The curves are so winding that you can get nauseated easily. When you finally get off that road and think things can get better, you get on a very, very, bumpy dirt road. We couldn’t even go 10mph.
  • Many of the places we visit are new to us; therefore, we can be unprepared. That means wearing the wrong clothes/shoes for the climate and not taking our camping gear. This can be sooo inconvenient. Climate changes are so drastic from hot/humid to cold/windy.
  • Patience is not a virtue, it’s a requirement. Service could be announced at 6pm and actually start at 7:45ish but could be given the time for the Word at around 9pm. I’m not talking Holy Spirit brought fire and took his time. Nope, this is all man-made involvement.
  • Antibacterial gel, never leave home without it! Especially when there are places I can’t wash my hands until I come home. Yes, people go to the restroom and may not wash their hands. They come out and if they haven’t greeted you expect a handshake (even if in one hand you have a tortilla and a chicken leg in the other). No, people are not ‘dirty’, it’s just their custom. Can I teach them differently? Of course, but very cautiously, not an easy task when you hardly know them.
  • Lastly, don’t ever underestimate the power of a smile and a “God Bless You”. For those of you who are so intimidated by culture/language barriers/education/ or anything else, remember what Jesus said:

However, the helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything. He will remind you of everything that I have ever told you. John 14:26 GWT

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Thursday, December 10, 2009 8:05 PM

    Yep, critters in the kitchen, and critters in the food you are graciously served and thankfully receive in home visits. 🙂 I’m gonna keep the lemon in mind, though. That’s a great idea, because more than once, I’ve wanted a little help in swallowing what was set before me. And a smile does go a long way, huh? If I feel uncomfortable, no need letting those people around me know my little secret!

  2. Thursday, December 10, 2009 11:52 PM

    Haha. Lord gives us strength!

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