Thursday, 27 August 2009

What difference is it?

Picture: Bram & Jeff at La Alhambra in Granada, Spain.

It has been a full year in Spain.

Many people want to know "How has your life changed?"

Jeff has taken on the challenge to answer that very question...

I drink sterilized milk & juice from a cardboard box.

I eat out exponentially less, and only at restaurants with a ‘play place’

17 months between boys seemed ok, until 3 vs 2: the apartment is very loud

I wash my Salvation Army uniform tunic & pants in the washer and hang dry

I have personally paid over 2,000 USD for official items, not counting things that could be taken officially back home

At times I have to park 200 – 300 yards from the apartment

I walk 4 flights of stairs multiple times a day; groceries, toddlers, luggage, trash

I’ve lost 25 lbs

Most days I have to park ¼ to ½ mile from the Corps and lug in instruments and program material.

Although a vehicle seems a necessity; w/maintenance & operating costs it constitutes 20% of the budget

I’ve lived with 75% humidity all summer

God is bigger than my stress

God has been faithful in every situation

I love the smell of the salt air as the breeze comes in off the coast line

I love to watch the clouds billow over the mountain

The view from our balcony makes it all worth it

I get to spend twice the amount of time with my family

Although my Spanish is far better today than when I arrived; it is by no means where it should be

I rely on our prior experience & training to move forward, all the while finding the ‘new’ ways God is calling us to minister.

Pastorally, Corps Officership is the same no matter where you serve & administratively

All things relative, we would accept a second term.


Sue J. said...

It's easy for us in the U.S. to look over and think, "Man, how are they doing it? It's got to be so different...."

When I read Jeff's summary, though (language aside...and you have amazing scenery!), there is so much that is the same.

God brings you through hurdles and lets you enjoy great opportunities no matter where you are. You guys are definitely witnesses to that truth!

Happy anniversary.....

My ADHD Me said...

That is a lot of sweating, a lot of walking AND a lot of weight lost (I would love that part!)

After reading your previous post, I am also curious about the vinegar and mosquitos. They really are pretty bad around here (I live less than 5 miles from Sue J)

Happy Anniversary!!