Tonight, I am frustrated… not sure why..
I want to write – not only about sorrows and learning… but about the Kingdom of God/the nation I live in.
How do I share about cross-cultural communication and the Kingdom of God as my home.
I am American, hoping to get my Brazilian citizenship, but my “home nation” is God’s Kingdom. Those are the laws and principles that don’t change. How can I share across cultural lines and divides?
God’s laws have proven themselves to me, countless times. The more I learn from history and science I am saying again and again “WHAT AN AWESOME GOD!”
I also want to write about some of the funny things that have happened; some of the scary things; and about some of the challenging things.
How can I draw word pictures about when a parrot was on the table at our host’s home, and pecking food off of our plates? And a toad was calling Joe’s name out of the jungle.
Or the time I sat in a roadside restaurant where we stopped to eat, and the dogs and chickens came and went at will, cleaning up whatever food fell to the floor.
(Sometimes those who were eating simply threw something down on the floor if they didn’t want it.) No, I didn’t check out the kitchen.
Contrast that with some of beautifully incredible restaurants where I’ve eaten . . .
Wonderful hotels I’ve enjoyed – contrasting to my memories of a hotel where we spent a night that had no ceiling, only the bare tile roof, and the hundreds of spider webs woven between the roof and the wooden rafters. (fortunately no spiders fell upon us during the night.)
The magnificence of Iguaçu Falls (to me even more beautiful than Niagara Falls), and the “meeting of the waters” on the Amazon. The wonder of O Redentor – the statue of Christ in Rio de Janeiro.
The day almost 100 people were baptized in a pool at a private camp: we all drove there and – just as the baptisms were beginning – a huge tropical rainstorm started pouring buckets of water down on everyone.
All of us watching got just as wet in the drenching rain as those who were baptized… and we all laughed, sang, prayed and rejoiced together. Those who were baptized had brought a change of clothing. All the rest of us went home – WET
The incredible sky full of stars that came close to the earth as I walked at night in a field of a farm far from Brazilia and any electricity.
The loneliness – and the joys – failures and victories – the challenges of learning a new culture, country and language and raising our six children…
My heart yearns to share these thoughts and experiences.
Does anyone want to hear them? would they be encouragement to some?