Other things have remained the same…
Panama changed the quarantine restrictions for 6 days in the beginning of June and we are so grateful that we were able to move from one apartment to another during this time. We had been packed up since March so this was a welcome surprise to us and it is nice to begin settling in the new place.
Unfortunately, after the six days Panama decided to return our province to total quarantine, which means 3 hrs out, 3 times a week for each of us. This was devastating to us as we were so hoping to be moving past the strictest quarantine of almost any country in the western hemisphere. We are sure the government has it reasons, but they were not anything that we could logically understand.
So we are back locked up (I mean safely at home) here for who knows how long, God knows! Some positive things are that we have a new apartment to unpack and this new place has an outdoor walking track that is open from 8-6 daily, so we are able to get some outdoor exercise everyday that we were not allowed to do for the last 11 weeks at our old apartment.
Our hearts are broken with the news of the civil unrest in the US and around the world. This video helped us to better understand the problem of racism and how to make changes in our hearts, our families, our churches and in our communities. It is well worth the 14 minutes it will take you to watch it.
In addition to Mike’s new stay at home jobs, he has been going to Casa PAAM in his 3hr window of time 3 times a week to continue working on his construction projects there. You can imagine it is difficult to get much done in this short time but he keeps going and has small achievements day by day.
One of Peggy’s favorite classes to teach is TBLL or task based language learning. It is a very practical class that teaches real life language learning by accomplishing a task. Last month, she worked with one of her students learning how to plant a garden as this missionary will be living in the country in Jordan and wants to be able to grow some of her own food.
We landed here with a bang, as we had a problem connecting an instant water heater that caused the shut off of gas, to the entire 80-unit apartment building for 5 days, and other water damage. This was a huge debacle that is causing us to look to God to see how He will use it for our good and for His glory (Rom 8:28) because it wasn’t our idea of how to meet the new neighbors.
Our oldest child turned 40 Jun 13th and has a wife, a teenager and these tweens of his own-we old!