Español Round 1
Last week Kristen and I met this couple Alex and Ruth who told us about their church, Bet-el Internacional, and invited us to come. Well Kristen and I decided that we weren’t going to pass up an opportunity to hear Spanish and be in that environment; So Sunday morning I hopped in the car with the Walkers and we headed towards the church…let’s back track a second– when we asked where the church was Alex said, “Right behind Visions night club” ha so we figured, easy enough we’ll see you at 11:00. Turns out the church wasn’t RIGHT behind the club and after Kyle drove around for a while we eventually found it. Initially we thought we’d be late, but then realized we were culturally going somewhere different than what we were used to and as they would say in Nicaragua, we were on “nica time”… basically meaning nothing really starts on time anyways–which proved to be true Sunday. We walked in and definitely stuck out since we were the only white people in the room. A lady said hi to us, said come, and ushered us to the front of the sanctuary to sit. Awesome. The entire service was in English and Spanish,which turns out is not because we were there but because of the different generations that attend the church. There are first generation people who typically speak only Spanish, second generation who speak both fluently, and third generation who speak primarily English. After 2 and a half hours of worship and a sermon… yea 2 and a half hours, we headed for lunch. It was definitely a fun and interesting experience. I think my favorite part was singing “Alabaré a mi Señor”- a song I used to hear every night in Nicaragua when the church across from the street would worship/sing and play instruments as loud as they could… a fun song to get in to. Below is a link to grooveshark where you can type in Alabare a mi Senor to hear it. This version doesn’t do the song justice…just imagine it being sung at the top of ones lungs with very loud music accompanying it!!
Español Round 2
I have finally figured out where I am going to meet my hispanic athletic lover haha….just kidding, kinda.
Kyle is playing in a hispanic soccer league–so to make our day complete I loaded in the car with the Walkers again on Sunday night and we headed for Greenville. This is a picture of me in the indoor gym that we went to which was out in the middle of nowhere (Kristen took the picture of me but you could easily replace her face for mine because we wore almost identical outfits)… and once again we stuck out because we were pretty much the only people there who were not of Latin origin. To make things even more entertaining…Kristen and I sat on the wrong bench so when Kyles team scored or if we cheered for his team, we got some glares. haha. Also, there was a little, maybe 7 year old, boy who sat right in front of us and everytime there was a fight he would YELL “ohhhh myyyy gaawwww ohhhh myyy gaaaawww” really loud and turn around and smile at us. Precious. Anyways, we defnintely had our Día Lleno de Español and I got to spend some fun quality time with the Walkers.
p.s. Kristen has some more pictures up & you should just read her blog anyways : )