Elijah woke up this morning with a stomach bug, so Daniel took the oldest 4 with him on the bus route and to prayer meeting which leaves me here with a quiet household of only 7 :) Really, it is quiet as Elijah is sick, Nehemiah is still not up to par and lying in his crib, Eliseo is next to me sleeping, and the 2, 3, 4, and 5 year old are doing puzzles.
So I thought I'd take a few minutes and answer some more questions.
Michelle asked: What is the missionary you are working with/for?Is it with a particular religion?How is your family supported doing missionary work? Is it strictly donations given to you by friends and family? I see the boys have majority. How do you manage all that energy? Also, do you have any holes in your walls? LOL! What is a typical week of meals for your family for dinner.
Answers: #1- We are missionaries sent out by our local church- Millville Community Baptist Church in Millville, California- sent here to Mexico to share the gospel with the people here. Though we pray that someday the Lord will send other missionaries here to help, we are so far by ourselves. We praise the Lord for those we've seen accept God's wonderful gift of salvation and rejoice to see them grow in their faith as the Lord through His Word works in their hearts and lives. While my husband, Daniel, pastors the church here right now, it is our goal and prayer that soon a Mexican man will be called to pastor the people here, that that church will continue to grow and reach out to not only the town here, but farther away as well, and my husband wants to continue to share the gospel and see a church start in the many, many other towns and villages here that have none.
#2- We are Christians- Baptists.
#3- Our support is donations from churches and individuals (friends and family).
#4- Yes, the boys do have to majority around here and most all our children seem to have an endless supply of energy! I'm very thankful for our back yard and the empty field next to our house where they spend most of their free time running and playing. We try to keep them busy too and direct all that energy toward something useful. :)
#5- No, we do not have any holes in our walls! :) Of course, I would hope not because our home is made entirely of cement and cement blocks! :) We do have a hole in one of our doors though...I saw it the other day...one of the boys told me it was their mail box as I pulled out some coloring pages neatly folded and stuffed inside it.
#6- We typically eat the same foods most of the time...the goal is something economical (with so many mouths to feed), nutricious, delicious (that is easy because our children eat anything!), and of course, we have to consider what we can buy here.
Every week is different, but some of the things we frequently eat are:
*Beans, Rice, Tortillas, Salsa
*Eggs and Beans or potatoes and Salsa with tortillas
*Chicken with beans or rice
*Stew (chicken or posole) with homemade bread
*Tostadas with beans, salsa, and cheese
*Tuna Salad with tostadas
*Spaghetti with homemade bread
*Bean or potato tacos with rice
*Chicken Fajitas with beans or rice
*Quesadillas with beans or rice
For special occasions, like birthdays, we will have hamburgers or hotdogs or I'll make pizza :)
Whatever I make, I have to make A LOT...people are usually surprised when they see our little bottomless pits. I guess all that energy requires a lot of fuel. A typical breakfast for us is:
1/2 kilo of chopped ham or potatoes
3/4 kilo of beans
1 kilo of corn tortillas
or A BIG pot of oatmeal (I put in 8 cups of dry oatmeal in the water) :)