Cultural tidal wave. This is the term best describes my experiences in Chiapas over the past two days. My first time out of the United States and everything is exciting, terrifying, and overwhelming. My favorite part so far is walking places with my team. Why? Because then I get to see and hear the people. It is true that we are here to learn Spanish and learn from another culture. But past all that I’m beginning to see that the people are most important. As we walked yesterday, there were so many contrasts. One minute you could see a sharply dressed business man; the next a little girl begging in the street. Taking it all in can be a lot to process, but one thing still holds true in any culture.  God is an almighty Savior and He loves these people. Without Christ, the beggar girl and I are the same. As I learn Spanish for five weeks where things puzzle and confuse me in this cultural tidal wave, my prayer is to show love as Christ first loved me.

–          Michaela for the team

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Study buddies at the local park.

Study buddies at the local park.

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  • Sherry

    Michaela, So glad you arrived safely and are getting to interact with the local people, What a wonderful experience to be able to touch the live of others in another country…what you receive back is more than you can every imagine.

    Praying for you…love from the Montee’s in the USA!!!

  • Shirley Crawford

    Hi Michaela,
    Sorry we missed you on the Sunday conference call. We were praying for your safe arrival after all of the delays.
    The pictures with your blog message are beautiful.

    “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you.” 2 Corinthians 13:14.


  • Victoria

    Wow, Michaela! Thanks for the update, what an encouragement it was. Continuing to pray for the team as you study the language and culture.

  • Beth Vallier

    What an exciting / scary time to be in a new culture! We are trusting God’s best for you as you learn to work, live, and experience a new culture. God Bless! Beth

  • Mom

    Enjoyed the update and it is truly picturesque there with all the vibrant colors.

  • grandmother

    Glad you finally made it safely to your destination. The market looks similar to that in Peru – lots of choices. Looks like your experience is going well. We look forward to hearing all about it when you get home.


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