I must say that since my surgery, I haven't been myself. I was hoping that the surgery would be sort of a miracle. However, it hasn't exactly been a cure all remedy. Although, I am better in some aspects, I still have quite a bit of pain. Thus, I have been a bit depressed of late, frustrated that I'm not 100% back to normal. But, Jehovah is never very far away and always provides what I need.
I'll give you an example of what I mean. In the midst of truly feeling sorry for myself, I was able to go out in the ministry, prepared to the hilt with book bag full of books, magazines, tracts. You wouldn't believe the morning I had! I placed every book (3), every magazine (16 in all) and ended up having to resort to placing tracts because I didn't have anything left. It was such an encouraging morning. Then Saturday, I decided to meet with another service group and was assigned to go out in service with Rosario (Charo). Rosario is an elderly sister, widowed and very shy. We did some "Not at Homes" with the memorial invitation and then Charo invited me to go on a bible study. To my surprise, her bible study is a 16 year old boy. We studied in a little classroom for kindergarten children and sat on the little chairs (can you imagine this body on a child's chair? Funny.) Anyway, the study whose name is Jaime is a very intelligent young man and really appreciates Charo coming to give him the study. I was amazed just watching the two of them. Charo was struggling a bit with trying to explain some difficult scriptures and Jaime was patient willing to wait and learn. He was so respectful to her and even had some very well thought out questions. Charo's love for Jehovah and sincerity came through and I felt blessed to be able to just sit and take it all in. After the study I was feeling so happy and then all of the sudden, Charo grabs me and gives me a big hug. She says she appreciated my helping her with the study. Believe me, I did nothing but sit like a lump on a log and watch in amazement her talents. She invited me to come again with her on the study next week. Needless to say, I came home fully refreshed and happy, grateful that I have the privilege to serve here in Cuenca. Even with the problems, (which we would have no matter where we live) the ministry and the experiences we have here are truly keep us going.