Friday, February 8, 2013

Off to Chile

Friday, 7:00am, sitting at Charlie's drinking mate (pronounced má-tay, a strong-flavored, caffeinated, tea-like beverage) and wondering where time goes. It seems like everything moves so very slowly here in South America, and yet the days are flying by. I wake up about 6:00 AM now and we don't get to bed before midnight. We are trying to get used to taking a siesta, but even though we are tired we can't seem to sleep during the siesta. This is not good, as it is wearing on us.

The weather here in Buenos Aires is much more comfortable and there seems always to be a bit of a breeze. As I sit here by myself drinking mate, I need to go and get some socks on. I like being up early by myself as it gives me some time to study. I can tell that that finding time to study is going to be a struggle. Once everyone gets up we will have a light breakfast, and then there are a million things to do. 

To give you an idea of how things work here...or DON'T work might be more accurate, we went downtown yesterday to try to purchase a SIM card for my cell phone. We spent two and a half hours driving around, stopping at one place, parking the car, walking a block, and waiting in line, only to be told that, yes, they have the mini SIM's, but you cannot do a pre-paid, it has to be with a monthly plan. We dropped Charlie's daughter off to pay for their utilities, and after waiting in line for an hour she was told she couldn't pay there, and would have to go elsewhere. Later that afternoon she took a bus to go somewhere else to pay, got there, and found that the computer system was down. Not sure if they were able to pay their utilities yet. 

We were still not able to get a SIM card, and therefore may be incommunicado for a few days. Charlie has DSL here at the house, but my understanding is that the brother in Chile, Bro. Daniel Echeverria, is of very humble means, and would not have Internet. More than likely we will not be posting anything until we return here on the 14th. 

I know you are praying for us, but please continue to pray! I believe this expresses what I am feeling right now from The Lord: "For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries." 1 Corinthians 16:9

We were out to the Colonia Wednesday night for service. They are now in their new building. Some work remains to be done, but it is a nice building. I spoke there, and again last night here in Chingolo. 

It took us about 18 hours to travel some 845 miles from Villarrica to Buenos Aires. We are calculating about 25 hours to travel the 977 miles from Buenos Aires to Santiago Chile today.