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Return from the Rainforest

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As a child, many things fascinated me, and one of these things was the rainforest. For one thing, rainforests teem with exotic wildlife, a feature which attracted the attention of this boy who kept a zoo in his bedroom. That fact, combined with the lush green foliage and the potentially hazardous insects and crawling things, made the rainforest an amazing topic for research and discovery. The rug covering most of my bedroom floor was brown, so I decided that would be the dirt floor of the forest. I had a poster showing the green leafiness of the rainforest, so that went on the wall, with hopes of more such posters to complete the effect. And then I worked my creativity to fashion multicoloured rainforest animals out of construction paper, to place around my room. It may not have been quite realistic or convincing, but it was the product of inspiration and creativity! (keep reading)

Posted on 19 March 2013 by Mashkioya
Filed under: Christianity,Peru,photography,Spanish

A Winter in Peru

Instead of a hymn post today, I thought I would give an update on what I’ve been up to this summer. I arrived in Peru at the end of June, and I am to fly out this Friday to return to Texas. I have been working with a group of seven others, all of whom have some connexion to the university I attend in Tennessee, and we have been working with a congregation of the Lord’s church that has recently been planted in Cusco, Peru, a 900-year-old city that was once the capital of the Inca Empire. We have been teaching English with the Bible (using the World English Institute curriculum). It’s been a wonderful time, and I am a bit sad to be leaving, though glad at the same time that I have been able to spend so much time here. (keep reading)

Posted on 31 July 2011 by Mashkioya
Filed under: Christianity,food,Peru,Spanish

Hymn of the Week – Este es el día

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Este es el día que el Señor nos dio;
Seré feliz, y le adoraré.

Este es el día de obedecer;
Sólo en Jesús hallarás perdón.

Este es el día de encontrar la paz;
No tardes más, ven al Salvador.

Translation: (keep reading)

Posted on 23 January 2011 by Mashkioya
Filed under: Hymn of the Week,Spanish

Hymn of the Week – No hay dios tan grande como Tú

No hay dios tan grande como Tú,
No lo hay, no lo hay; (se repite)

No hay dios que pueda hacer las obras
Como las que haces Tú; (se repite)

No es con espada, ni con ejército,
Mas con tu Santo Espíritu; (se repite)

Y muchas almas se salvarán,
Y muchas almas se salvarán,
Y muchas almas se salvarán,
Con tu Santo Espíritu.

Translation: (keep reading)

Posted on 2 January 2011 by Mashkioya
Filed under: Christianity,Hymn of the Week,Spanish

Back from Mexico

I have returned from the land of banana trees and iridescent butterflies, the land of the Huastec and Nahuatl-speaking Indians, and I am happy to report that the trip went very well, and that my father and I have returned home safely. If you’ve been watching the news lately, you’ll surely know that there’s quite a bit of conflict going on along the border of Mexico right now, and although we did see some drug cartel members along the highway in northern Tamaulipas, we got past unscathed, knowing that God was with us the whole time (although it is rather disturbing to see people with guns in Mexico who are neither military or police). As for the Huasteca Potosina, the area where we spent the week, things are much more peaceful there.

As always, a week was not enough, but I was just thankful that I was able to return there again after two and a half years absence. It was a time of renewing old friendships and making new ones, and I was also able to practice speaking Nahuatl. Most of my attempts at carrying on a conversation ended when the person with whom I was speaking uttered a sentence that went past my ears uncomprehended, and then I would resort to Spanish. I probably could have done better, but I am pleased with my progress, and of course everyone was tickled pink that I was learning their language. The Huastec dialect remains a mystery to me, but as we met a good number of Huastec people on this trip, they endeavoured to teach me some of their language as well. It is a Mayan language, entirely different from Nahuatl, and it has a very unique sound, full of glottal stops and ejective consonants. (keep reading)

Posted on 7 December 2010 by Mashkioya
Filed under: Christianity,food,Huastec,Mexico,Nahuatl,nature,photography,Spanish

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