Hello again! So it’s been awhile. I apologize for that. But things here have been going well!
I mean, sure I would say I’ve got a lot going on personally and community life can be real hard and sometimes the job is frustrating and kids put a giant hole in the wall on accident, but all in all, life here is really good. I am consistently thankful for this opportunity to be in such an incredible city with all these wonderful people. Plus, the weather for now is clutch, it will be in the 80’s all week and I’ve already got an impressive chaco tan. Win.
So here’s what we’ve got coming up: First of all, Fiesta. For those of you who don’t know, Fiesta is like a 2 week party in San Antonio that happens every year. Really all I know is that everyone says it is crazy fun and my marching band will be playing in two of the parades! Luckily, my mom and dad will actually be here the weekend we play those parades, very exciting! But what’s even more exciting to me is that April 27th, while my parents are still here, I will be preaching at Divine Redeemer! Rob will be out of town, so that means I will be orchestrating the whole service, speaking the prayers of the people, choosing the hymns we will sing and then leading them, giving a children’s moment, the benediction and doing most of these things in two services, in two languages, 9:00 Spanish and 11:00 Bi-lingual service. Huge. As if preaching in two languages isn’t enough! But really, I am so thrilled for this opportunity to get in the pulpit again. My sermon mostly ready and I have begun the slow process of translating it into Spanish. I did the math, and in my almost 10 years of learning Spanish, this is definitely the most difficult thing I have done. Being nervous is an understatement, but I also am so looking forward to it. It has been nice getting to lead a little more at church recently. Today I led the music for the Spanish service and it was so refreshing to plug in my guitar and lead again. That Isabella (my guitar) is the best. I even learned a new song for today that has quickly become my new favorite Spanish hymn. That melody is so catchy and fun. (Check it out below!)
But really, I want to say that this year I have learned more about myself and calling than ever before. I am so thankful for being here with this community that is so loving and encouraging and I also thank all who have been conversation partners by phone or email, whether that’s just been recently or over the past few months. And I pray we continue in conversation as this journey continues and beyond, encouraging one another in learning what it means to represent Christ in all.