Today it was a beautiful day and we were ahead of schedule so we spent the morning at the nearby national park (see previous posts). Here is a picture of me with the missionary we support, Doug Kallestad, in front of Volcano Llaima. We had a great conversation on the drive.
We saw the araucaria up close: these must be hundreds of years old.
For lunch we had Ajiaco (meat soup), a traditional Chilean dish: very tasty and filling.
Then as we were talking we drank Mata tea. There is a special mug with a silver straw that is filled with Mata tea leaves and almost boiling water. Then a person immediately drinks it: no need to steep. Then passed back to host, more hot water poured in and the next person enjoys: no washing the mug or straw. Also, the kids loved my shirt today.
Another great conversation with Juan Carlos on the construction site. His love for the Lord and kind heart is infectious. Jim and I are staying with our host, Iris, and we walked with her this morning as she fed her dogs, ducks, geese, sheep and chickens. She said she has great conversations with the animals because they speak Spanish. I love her clever wit and contagious smile.