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God has provided us with a wonderful home here in Santa Marta!
“Mañana and life in Santa Marta” -by Scott “Mañana Marta”
After living in Latin America for over five years now I thought I had learned the idea of “mañana”. I was wrong. In early February we arrived back on the field and began to attempt to settle down in our new location, Santa Marta. I say attempt, because now over three months later we are just beginning to get settled in. Here on the Colombian coast we are finding that “mañana” has an even different meaning. Basically what once used to mean “a week or so” when someone said “mañana”, now can be implied as “a month or so, if I decide to get around to it”! Even our Colombian partners, Alfredo and Juana Medina can’t believe it! And that’s saying a lot because he’s one pretty laid back guy! You see, it took us well over two months to find housing. (See our temporary housing video here) when we had expected it to take around two weeks. To say that this was a difficult time on all of us as a family would be quite the understatement. We all struggled in one way or another and it was compounded by the fact that we have not lived in a “home of our own” since leaving Colombia in January 2009. That’s a long time to be a nomad, even for us. But along the way God has shown himself to be faithful and we’ve learned a lot. We praise God that he provided a home of our very own here and we are beginning to get more adjusted to life here in Santa Marta. But we never would have gotten to know the city of Santa Marta as well without the house hunt taking so long. We never would have met the people we met, some who are now doing Bible studies and others who we are praying will very soon do a study. But above all of those things, we would not have been reminded of our complete and utter dependence on God. You see if I had to pick one thing that God is teaching me (I’m a hard learner) it would be that my dependency on God does not change but my awareness of my daily need for him does. So how about you? Are you more aware of your need of God and his grace today more than yesterday? Don’t wait for “mañana”, work on it today!
The children are making friends with neighborhood kids.
Each family of the team (Boyd and Medina) are finally settled in a home and getting into a routine.
God provided a fantastic office location for the men (Scott, Jon and Alfredo)
That God would keep us healthy as a family and as a team (we’ve had everything from skin infections to staff infections!).
That we would be able to make Colombian friends here in Santa Marta and establish ‘redemptive relationships’ with them.
That we would be able to adjust to the culture here (it is a lot different than when we lived just outside of Bogotá).
Pray for salvation of the following people: Freddy and Wilma, Carlos, Gilberto, Miguel, Rosio, Freddy Jr., Lauren, Ivan and Monica, Carmen, Royce, Michael, Carlos and Claudia, Jonathan and Liliana, Miguel, Carlos, Hugo, Joaquin, Manuel, Rosemary, Luz Mary, Blanca, Cesar.
The Carter Family Newsletter
Jackson has become an avid reader.
He is way ahead on his reading for school
and also fills in with lots of other books like Prince and the Pauper and Robinson Crusoe. He most recently read Gulliver's Travels in just two days. He has really enjoyed the many opportunities for swimming and snorkeling here. With his love for ‘creatures’, we are defiantly living in the right place!
Makayla has been sick a lot.
The poor thing
Unpacking boxes that we haven’t seen in over a year!
continues to struggle with urinary tract infections and we are in the process of figuring out why. But she is such a trooper. She has not missed a single day of school from being sick. She just doesn't like to stop! She too has thoroughly enjoyed swimming and snorkeling. Last month she saw an octopus while snorkeling with her dad.
Dad is not looking forward to warding of the boys!
Avianna just turned 4 on May 22.
She is coming right along with her Spanish
(she had to learn to speak English on furlough last year and in the process forgot all her Spanish!) and she is adjusting well. She has definitely been the most positively affected by the stability of having our own home. She also has a new best Toby, my new best friend! friend. As many of you know, we lost our sweet dog Taz more than two years ago. Since then we have promised the kids a new dog when we got settled in Colombia. Well we are settled and have found a little black schnauzer puppy. His name is Toby and the kids adore him, especially Avianna.
Santa Marta is hot but we find relief! Moving in to our new home, we couldn’t have been more excited!
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Four years old!