Thankful - The DeLand Family
Dear family, friends, and faithful supporters,
We hope this update finds you all doing well! The next time you are tempted to fuss about having to do some paperwork, please come to Lima to get your driver's license and you will never complain again!
Repeat the following word: complicated. Okay, now say it backwards. Good. Now say it while standing on your head and drinking lemonade through a straw up your nose. Fun, right? At this point, you are probably understanding that it is complicated to get a Peruvian driver's license.
Probably the most difficult part was figuring out what my NC driving record meant in English in order to have an official translator put it all into Spanish. I had no idea that the NC DMV used a system of codes and abbreviations similar to Egyptian hieroglyphics. After investigating on the internet and calling a NC DMV representative who could not explain the driving record, I was starting to wonder if I would ever be able to have the document translated. About to give up hope, I then called another DMV office in NC and after listening to different options for about 5 minutes, I randomly pressed the #1 and got a human on the other line. To my surprise, the lady was sweet and helpful, and answered most of my questions. The best part is that when I mentioned Jesus to her, she said she was a follower of Jesus as well! Before I hung up the phone, this DMV worker gave me her email so she could receive our updates and share them with her church in order to pray for us! Amazing!
So, after that ordeal, I had the driving record translated and then traveled on a long bus ride in order to start all of the testing. The first test was a psychological test which had questions ranging from "Do you suffer from stomach problems?" to "Do you believe your sins are unforgivable?" What does that have to do with driving? I have no idea either :) After answering more ridiculous questions like that, I had to draw several shapes and then do a few mazes. Then came the medical part; eyesight and hearing evaluation and general health questions. After passing the psycho-medical test, I was able to take the written test which consisted of questions like "How do you check someone's pulse?" and "What specific tools do you need in your car for a flat tire?" Add a few more long bus rides to that, waiting a lot, sprinting 4 blocks to have my picture made before the door closed, waiting some more, signing my signature 20 times, and you will understand a little bit of what it means to get your driver's license here in Perú. So, like I said, don't complain! Please pray for Heather as she will try to finish the process this Saturday.
Besides dealing with formalities like getting a driver's license, we have devoted much of our time the past couple of weeks to catching up with the young people we minister to. I have been meeting with some of the guys one-on-one to see how they are doing spiritually and how to encourage them to take the next step in their relationship with Christ. As a family, we have been inviting different young couples over to our house in order to invest in their lives and encourage them in their commitment to Christ. Please specifically pray for the following 3 couples who we are trying to pour into for God's glory: Angeli and Joel; Daniel and Ana Paula; Miguel and Fiorella.
I have also started connecting with some of the people in our community and engaging them in conversations about Christ and the Bible to see what they believe. Please specifically pray for my conversation with Juan on Thursday morning at 10 am. Also, please pray for the salvation of Carlos, Cristián, Jesús, Eric, Benites, and Luis.
Concerning the university ministry, I am checking into various options at a few of the different universities and would ask you to pray for God's wisdom and direction as we move forward in the decision making process.
Thanks again for your partnership in prayer and to all of you who sacrificially give each month. God is using you to impact lives here in Lima!
We love you!
Daniel, Heather, Esther, and Joseph
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