As I think of the fact that I am mostly bilingual and my sister is graduating from college in 2 weeks, it dawns on me that time has flown.
What have I done with all this time!?!!???
That’s my question to myself and I’m sure to many of you, or should I say Mom and Dad who I know actually read this blog.
I must apologize for not being the most punctual nor organized with this blog business, but I assure you that I have indeed been busy.
Sooooo how about we have a timeline summary of Anna’s life for the past 8 months? Aight.
September 4th, 2014 – arrived in Argentina
December 3rd, 2014 – went to Chile on a missions trip
January 6th, 2015 – started summer camps
February 14th, 2015 – took a trip to Southern Argentina for vacations
March 2015 – finished Spanish classes in the end of summer break
March 24, 2015 – one week of vacations, and my mom and my great aunt came to Argentina to visit and travel around
April 6th, 2015 – returned to campus and started the new school year with an opening conference
April 14th, 2015 – started First Year classes in the bible Institute as regular students in Spanish
And so that is that. Since I’ve failed in keeping this writing up, I might need to go back and explain somethings like my missions trip to Chile and a different trip I was able to take to an orphanage, but it has been such an amazing journey. I mentioned that time has flown, and that is crazy. But what is even more impacting about reminiscing and moving forward in this life is the realization of just how faithful God has been. He has been so faithful. He has been faithful in gentle in leading me here to Argentina, fulfilling my desires to travel and providing the money to be able to come, and giving me the opportunity to study his word and fall more in love with him, which I didn’t realize was what I really needed most.
December was such a neat month, what with the opportunity to travel even more to Chile and spend time in the countryside with Mapuche Indians ,cold showers, walking 80 kilometers in one week, and the time spent in an Argentine home for Christmas and New Year’s. It was wonderful all right, but so hard. Every tradition and thought I ever had of the holidays was tossed out the window what with 80 degrees weather, steak and fruit salad on the night on Christmas Eve, and lanterns and fireworks launched at midnight. Part of me wanted to yell out and announce that no no no they were doing it all wrong that we should be going to sleep so that we could wake up and eat and open presents, but I experienced something so new and unexpected and continued to have my perspective shaped and my way of thinking and traditions pushed out of the way. Of course, our own traditions are part of us and our culture and we should always be proud of where we’ve come from, but I really benefitted from humbling myself (getting rid of my bad attitude) and accepting a new way of doing things, even if I won’t necessarily do it like that for the rest of my life. It was just one more way in this whole process we call life that God is throwing out every piece of myself I want to hold on to and filling with Himself, with love and grace and flexibility.
What a blessing I have realized that I have in my family. Not being with them for the holidays was really hard, and even more so when I saw pictures and remembered traditions. But yet again God proved himself to be more than enough for me and made me appreciate all of hem so so much. I had just returned from Chile in the middle of December and had absolutely no where to go for the holidays. Of course, there were missionaries on campus and a few other students, but I was so hoping to be able to stay at a house with a family. And suddenly as I was chatting with a friend on facebook, she invited me to her house for the holidays. Out of the blue, without telling her anything about my situation, without telling anyone really, and she offered up her home and her time and food and said that her family would love it. And God totally provided. I have been insanely blessed by the God of the universe and also by human beings he has created.
Speaking of the blessings of human beings, thank you. To all of you. Any of you who have taken time to think of me or pray for me or have written me a note. I apologize for not responding to some notes or messages, but I can assure you that they have all been sunbeams of joy and encouragement in my time here and have made me feel so loved.
I heard something about blog posts and how they should be 250 words or less so that people don’t lost their attention?!!???,…….
So now that my parents really are the only ones reading this, I wanted to announce some interesting things.
First of all, I came to Argentina to study Spanish and the bible in a program nicknamed the PBB. That PBB program ends in June and we will graduate and be bilingual (mostly we hope) in Spanish and have credits from those Spanish and bible classes, and can go on our merry way and go home and speak Spanish forever. However, I have decided to stay until December. The classes of the Palabra de Vida (word of life) bible institute have just started and the school year here in Argentina is from April to December (fall to spring) and I am, Lord willing, going to stay and finish my first full year of studying at a Bible institute and then will head back to the states in December. Although it will be hard being about from family and friends for even more time, I really feel like God is ministering to my life through my time here and that I need to stay longer. I also have a desire to continue studying God’s word, especially in Spanish, and am praying about the opportunity of being able to do ministry in an argentine church.
Wow wow wow woooooow. So much information.
So now I am here in the Southern Hemisphere, learning to love other people with the love that the creator of the world has shown to me, and studying his word in a language that he has been so graceful in letting me learn. And thanks be to him, because also in this insanely phenomenal sequence of events, I have a plane ticket for Chicago, USA on Friday, April 25th, 2015 and will be coming home!!!!!!!
This has been by far the best 8 months of my life, and I look forward to connecting with loved ones in person so soon and celebrating the college graduation of my dear and favorite sister, Katie.
So, as I look back, I see faithfulness. None of my own faithfulness, as shown here with this blog and to you all by way of my lack of communication. But I am learning, I hope, in little ways to be faithful with the things God has given me and by the grace from the most faithful one. But I see the faithful hand of God, guiding and shaping and correcting and humbling.
And I pray, that through all of this that He might be glorified. My Spanish, for his glory. My trip home, for his glory. My future, for his glory.
18 Micah 7:18-19
Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity
and passing over transgression
for the remnant of his inheritance?
He does not retain his anger forever,
because he delights in steadfast love.
19 He will again have compassion on us;
he will tread our iniquities underfoot.
You will cast all our sins
into the depths of the sea.
“You have made us for Yourself, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.” – Augustine