To those of you who have had to learn another language, you know the difficulties that entails. Chad and I are experiencing extreme discouragement right now with our Spanish speaking and comprehension abilities. It’s true that we have come a long way, and we have learned a lot in the past year. But just when we think we have gained a better understanding, we get tongue tied when wanting to speak, and our jaw drops when someone tells us something and we have no idea what they just said!
This breaks our hearts because all we really want to do is communicate with the people we are ministering to. It is very difficult to sit with a crying teenager, wanting to give her words of encouragement, but nothing comes out. It’s frustrating to see a dear friend in tears after a church service, wanting to speak into her life, and then again, nothing comes out. It makes us sad, angry, and extremely frustrated.
Here We Go
So after much thought and prayer, we have decided to go back to language school in Guatemala for two weeks (October 1-15). We would like to go for longer but this is the most feasible for the three of us. We will each be doing 3 hours a day of Spanish studying, taking turns looking after Asher while the other is in class. We will also be staying with a local family this time. We chose this option for many reasons. For one, it will be much cheaper. Also, all meals will be provided so we won’t have to worry about not having a frying pan or whisk or can opener when cooking dinner in a not so cooking friendly apartment, like what we experienced last time!
However, this does mean that the three of us will be sharing a room for 2 whole weeks. It means yet another transition for Asher of not sleeping in his own bed. It means we bring our “loveable, yet rambunctious and picky eater two-year old” into someone else’s home. It means we have to be that much more cautious of his running around and his “not so quiet” voice. Did I mention he is two years old?
While studying this language is difficult, we continue to rest in the fact that we have only been here one year, and that it usually takes 2-3 years to become fluent. We also take comfort in knowing that God will give us the desires of our hearts, in His timing. So we appreciate your prayers once again as we go on yet another adventure. Oh, and if anyone wants to come and meet us in Guatemala and babysit Asher for two weeks, let me know!