” Shupanta” is how the Nahuatl say, rainy season. This season lasts from about mid June to early October. It is common for us to have rain, at least a small amount everyday. The rain levels can vary from light to extremely hard rain and there can even be high winds and hail.
For Pete and I shupanta, is one of our favorite times of year out here in Las Moras. The scenery is beautiful, as everything is green and lush because of the rain, and evidence of life is seen growing everywhere. We have our garden planted, and even through our battles with worms, grubs, and other insects we manage to grow some veggies.
Shupanta also means LOTS of time with our Nahuatl friends. Everyone is close by planting their corn fields, weeding, spraying for insects and other pests, and waiting for their harvest to be ready in September. The Nahuatl go in search of all the edible goodness the rainy season has to offer, like talshuchi (mushrooms), nanchi (little fruits about the size of a blueberry), mangos, shoko (plums), hurika (the green top to the meskal plant, kind of tastes a little like asparagus), and nohpal (cactus).
Our friend Agustina with a mountain mushroom.
Cutting nopales with a little girl in the village, Cynthia.
Because everyone is here in the village and not traveling there are more opportunities for us to learn language, practice speaking, and participate in life with them.
Here are some pictures of what we’ve been doing lately:
Handing out seeds and encouraging people to plant healthy veggies.
Pete took a day to go out and help Claudio in his corn field.
I am working on making my own traditional Nahuatl skirt and blouse with my Grandmother’s antique sewing machine. One of my language helpers, Simplicia is helping me along the way.
I let Simplicia sew a little on the machine, she LOVED it!
Studying – Pete doing a language session with his helper, Benito.
And of course a little playing. Mari, Alvaro, and Chevy play with molding clay at our kitchen counter.
Doing some visit at Nikolasa’s house. Her two boys were hamming it up for the camera.
My friend, Benita’s yard.
There has been a lot of government work for the people in the last few weeks. They have fenced in a large area about a 30 minute hike from our homes and are planning to bring out loads of small trees to plant within this fenced area. However, first they have asked the people to be a part of building short stick and rock walls to prevent erosion when it rains.
Last Tuesday, Pete and I went together to help some of the Nahuatl with the stick walls. Pete has gone several days as most of the guys in the village are working there and it is a great opportunity for him to speak Nahuatl and learn culture from them.
I was working I swear…we were just taking a break.
Also, Pete and another Nahuatl guy named Tomas, are working on building a home for the newest member of our family. He hasn’t arrived yet, but will in the next few weeks. Can anyone guess what he might be?
Pete has continued teaching chronological Bible lessons to Hermillo, a 25 year old Nahuatl man who only speaks Spanish. Beginning in the Old Testament to build a foundation and moving towards Jesus. Recently Hermillo has been coming at least once a week for a lesson, and they have have just started the New Testament. In fact, yesterday afternoon Hermillo heard for the first time the birth of Jesus!! Please pray for Hermillo that God would continue to work in his heart and draw him to Himself.
Thank you all for your continued prayers and support of us, Pete and Liesl, and of what God is doing here among the Nahuatl people. Our relationships are deepening, and we trust God is preparing them for when we can share His message with them clearly.
Please pray for our team that our minds will be open, and that the Lord will give us understanding of the Nahuatl language patterns. When they hear about Jesus, we want them to understand fully, just as we do, the grace and love that He has for them.
We could not be here without you all, and we send our gratefulness to you for being apart of this life path God has lead us on.