I must say this week has been full! The day after we got here was shopping day ( Thursday). we go to the Cancha with the house moms one of the girls. La Cancha literally means ” The Field” it is a HUGE open air market, the largest in SA actually. You can pretty much find anything among the maze of venders. The hard part for me is not getting lost, which is easy if you don’t know your way around. I will get it but it will take a bit. You may think ok yeah grocery shopping most likely will take about an hour WRONG! I would say at least four, mostly just because of all the walking you have to do to get to different sections. Once you are in the right section then you have to find exactly what you want and then bargain for the price. A lot of missionaries here are afraid of the Cancha due to being told it’s unsafe, I beg to differ. But because of this lack of whites bringing a blonde haired, blue eyed BABY with you is quite the spectacle!!
Carson tried his first Chicolate as well and LOVED IT! A Chicolate is chocolate milk in a bag,( most liquids come in bags here) Ryan poured it from the bag into his bottle and Carson drank away! The girls of course ADORE Carson, he is manhandled everytime we go outside. For the most part he does fine unless he is tired.
Of course there has been lots of unpacking, organizing and ( like I mentioned in my last post) pump fixing. On Saturday my Mother in Law ( here for another week) Jade ( another volunteer from Britain) 5 of the girls and I went to help with the baby washing. In this ministry women who don’t have regular water bring their babies and young children and we bathe them and give then clothes. It was a little stressful because I didn’t know how it worked and we have to wash kinda fast cuz there is such a long line! But it was really great and I”m looking forward to this every saturday!
Just a few more things I will be done I promise…
We got a little orange kitten and named him Pringles, he is a lot of fun. We celebrated 3 girls birthdays that was REALLY fun. When you have 30 of them their are a lot of birthday parties! But the best part of the week was the 5 baptisms that happened today! We rented a local pool, Ryan explained what baptism is and means ( he did a GREAT job) and then baptized the girls one by one. After each we sang ” I have decided to follow Jesus” It was SO GREAT to witness this!
Other then that we are brushing up on our spanish, hanging out with the girls,seeing people we knew from before and being flexible. This culture demands flexibility, there are ALWAYS interruptions, and things always take longer then you think they will. Well I think thats about all, I’m sure I’m forgetting things but oh well. Thanks for reading!