Our church has had a long time relationship with the community of Ameya, and there has been a long time philosophy that because we are guests, we should never stay more than 3 days. On our first visit to Ameya as a family, we saw how this made sense, and yet one of our girls asked the question, “Well, what does it look like to stay long enough that you are no longer a quest?”
This led to so many great conversations, and was actually a mile-marker for us to even begin praying about coming back.
One afternoon we were out doing errands with Leo and Pastor Francisco. We were riding in the back of the truck. Everything about the time was super normal – and it was 4 o’clock. And the normal thing about 4 o’clock during the rainy season is that it rains! There would have been a time that Pastor would have pulled over to wait it out, but not this day. On with the errands…
It rained so hard and we were drenched! We could have been frustrated or crying or angry, but we were HAPPY! It was in this moment that we all realized as a family that this was a new mile-marker for us – We were no longer guests!