Slowly but surely

6 Oct

We are getting moved in. Today we shopped all afternoon at SODIMAC for the items we have not been able to find elsewhere. SODIMAC is a kind of a cross between Home Depot and Target. They carry tools and building supplies plus a good variety of kitchen essentials (knives, dishes, etc.) It’s on the other side of town but is in a very nice mall and was surprisingly uncrowded for a Saturday. We found a desk lamp, waste baskets (including a kitchen wastebasket with astronaut lid, which is the only kind that lets you pack it full as well as leave it open when ridding dishes, etc.), good mops and brooms, a blender, toaster, and more. There are still a few things we can’t find, but we are getting close.

After SODIMAC, we called our friend Ricardo who drives a taxi. He picked us up and thanked us for the Bible we had given him, and said he was planning to go the men’s Bible study this Thursday night. I plan to go with him. On the way home, he took us to Avenida Mariscal Castilla, where we had purchased the simple kitchen table and chairs on which we are still anxiously waiting. After much haggling with the storekeeper in a language that is still somewhat foreign to me, Juan appeared, whom we had dealt with before. He said that he would call us tonight and arrange for delivery tomorrow. We are not yet sure if that is Peruvian tomorrow or US tomorrow…

From there, Ricardo took us to a plastics shop downtown where we found a laundry tub for getting clothes to and from our rooftop washing machine, some more cookware, and locking plastic bins for flour, sugar, etc. at excellent prices. The plastics shop is one of the many hole-in-the-wall markets found in the Santo Domingo area (near the San Camilo market). You have to be very vigilant on the street and the deals are not always good. For small items like clothespins and plastic bins, you pay less than the supermarkets, but for good cookware, you might pay more. We are not yet very savvy, but the deals we got on our major appliances will make up for many smaller mistakes.

Ricardo spent 2 hours driving us and waiting on us, for which I paid him 50 soles, which is generous considering that the Peruvian minimum wage is about 7 soles / hr and our taxi ride to SODIMAC was 10 soles. Still, it amounts to only $18 US, which will buy you about 5 minutes in a US taxi. It is a tremendous blessing to have a trusted person (i.e., someone we “know”) to take us around, not to mention local shopping expert and erstwhile language tutor, as Ricardo speaks good English.

Spiritually speaking, we began the day in tears and ended joyfully. The kids are doing remarkably well, but Vicki and I have struggled with the foreign-ness and loneliness. We believe that in time, we will learn Spanish fluently, make new close friends, find a good school for the kids, and feel a sense of belonging to a congregation of believers, but for now, these things are unknowns, and we must trust the Lord to provide in His time.

2 Responses to “Slowly but surely”

  1. kcauble October 6, 2013 at 9:53 pm #

    I am convinced that the One Who started this good work in y’all (yes, The Original Greek says ‘y’all’ :)) will complete the work until the day of Christ.

  2. Salli Milledge October 6, 2013 at 10:00 pm #

    Love you and praying for you!

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