Ferry's In The Jungle

Ferry's In The Jungle
1 Peter 1:22b "Love one another deeply, from the heart."

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Where in the world are the Ferry's?!?

Welp, we just transitioned off of one year spent in language school in Costa Rica to learn Spanish.  Are we fluent? Nope. Do we have a leg up in the transition to another country? Yep.  Thank. The. Lord.

Language learning was a trip.  We woke up early, twisted our brains, made fools out of ourselves constantly and learned to navigate everyday life in a Latin city.  We were trained up and taught.  It was a stretch of the will but we look back with gratitude for the opportunity.  Now as we are in Ecuador and we are able to slide in a bit easier because of our year in Costa Rica.

We are now settling into the house where we will be living until the beginning of January.  Our friends, who are also missionaries, will be vacating their house as they are back in the US for a 4 month trip and we have been tasked with animal care and house-sitting. We are thankful because this allows us time to look for our own home without pressure and displacement in a hotel as we search.  Yahoo!

Chris and I are busy learning the ropes of a new house and town.  There is no Yellow Pages here so we have to shadow and take notes.  Some of them read, "pay electric bill to Cynthia in the meat shop. closes from 1-2 for siesta." and, "neighbor across the street may yell at you for making noise.  he's just grumpy...don't worry about it." and, "bread costs 12 cents per roll. baking happens twice a day - 9am and 5pm." and, "everyone is talking about parasites. remember to ask further questions about detection and treatment."  The notes go on and on...

Georgia and Reese start school the 20th (their walk to school is pictured above). They are nervous but excited to settle into a little community.  Reese has 1 other little girl in her class and Georgia has 5 kids in her class and they both will have their first male teachers.  Lots of new!!

We will share more as we know more...  Already we have seen how there is a path leveled and readied before us. We are ready to settle in for the long haul of what God has planned.  Our foundation is the same although our location has changed.

Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. 
Psalm 136

Sunday, August 9, 2015

On the road again!

We flew from Costa Rica to Ecuador on two flights, in one afternoon.  All our bags arrived without any issues and we flew through customs despite our 'in process' status with our visa.

After touch down in Quito's new airport our friend, Remiro, took us to rest at the guest house.  We talked the entire hour-long ride -- in Spanish!!  This was so much fun after trying to communicate with him for 3 years with almost no language skills.

Three days in Quito were filled with government offices, shopping and logistic organizing for our transition to the small town of Shell.

On our way to Shell (a 4 hour drive from Quito) we took 3 days in a tourist town named Banos, to rest, reflect and pray as a family.  We did some swimming in the local hot springs and swung from a tree house overlooking the beauty that surrounds the area.  Although we didn't sleep well (our minds are just to busy these days to shut down), we did down-shift a bit and felt ready to transition to Shell on day 3.  

For who is God, but the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God? - the God who equipped me with strength and made my way blameless. He made my feet like the feet of a deer and set me secure on the heights. Psalm 18:31-32

Monday, August 3, 2015

Goodbye Little Blue House

Today we leave Costa Rica.  This house has been a haven in a huge transition.  It's blue cement walls, two palm trees in front, termites and cockroaches will be missed...well, at least some of it will be missed.  We didn't have matching plates or many comforts but it was our home.

Packed up are our 8 checked bags and 4 carry-ons.  We travel with the basics and will set up another home in Ecuador.  

It feels really nice to have so little with so much to look forward to.