Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Spanish Witnessing

Well we have finally been doing some Spanish witnessing and it has been awesome!

Yesterday we talked to a Colombian woman who has only been in NZ for a few months and has no english whatsoever! She has refugee status here after her husband was murdered and now she is here with her 4 very young children (actually she arrived pregnant). What a sad story and how frightening it must be to be in another country not being able to speak the language. Of course we have been in that situation but we had the congregation as our instant family. This poor lady told me that she only knows the refugee volunteers and that is it! Anyway hopefully we can help her a little while we are here and my family will take care of her when we leave - I am sure.

We also found a woman from Peru and another man (didn't get his nationality) who took the magazines and is happy for us to go back at a more opportune time. On Monday we talked with another Colombian man and his son - we are returning to him this week too. It seems that the NZ government are bringing in these families, helping them get set up etc - while it is obviously great for them to get out of an awful situation, it must be so difficult leaving what they know. My heart just goes out to them.

Today we have more names to contact which is great as the weather here has packed in. You can't beat Wellington on a beautiful day but when it is cold and windy I wonder how anyone can live here (no offence - Wellingtonians!)

11 comments:

Aaron said...

seems there are a few columbians coming in, as i had two studies with families when i was in hamilton. i wish they would be sent to taumarunui!

Elizabeth NOT in Ecuador said...

LOL - I am sure that will happen sometime soon - NOT!

AJ and Jordanne said...

That sounds great Beth! I'm sure you're having a blast using your Spanish and being back in your old element!! It's good to keep up the practice for when you return! xoxo

The Planning Manning's said...

Well with all this interest here in Windy Wellington you might just have to stay! It sure would be a shame for all those in Ecuador, but we would love to have you here with us! xox We will miss you when you leave.

catherine said...

Yes I agree with Sharon if you cant get back to Ecuador you will need to stay here and help us

Elizabeth NOT in Ecuador said...

Well - I will just have to ask those in Cuenca waiting for us to come back - what do you think guys, should we??

Chad and Michele said...

Hands off Wellingtonians...they're ours!!! hahaha Just kidding (well sort of). Glad you guys are brushing up on spanish! Can't wait for your return!

Chad and Michele said...

Hands off Wellingtonians...they're ours!!! hahaha Just kidding (well sort of). Glad you guys are brushing up on spanish! Can't wait for your return!

The Haines Family said...

No,no,no (you can see the Ecuadorian finger wag Beth) if Mark and Beth can come home, we really need them. We are glad they are having a nice visit with you guys and everything,but . . .

ArtfeltDesigns said...

Hi Folks,
I found your blog while looking for info on serving where the need is greater. I wonder if you have any info on a Witness couple (Carl & Beverly Meyers) that lived here in the States for several years. I believe they still live in Wellington but haven't been able to reach them. Have you heard of them?
My email: linda@artfeltdesigns.com

Juan y Sheila said...

Hola Elizabeth y Mark, los extrañamos mucho pero nos contaron que los planes van bien y vendrán de nuevo a Ecuador. Por favor, envíenos las fotos que nos tomamos con ustedes antes de su viaje para tenerlas de recuerdo smosquera@ion.com.ec sheilamosquera@hotmail.com
xxoo