Feeling at home, very far from home

We made it! We landed in Chile early yesterday morning and
ever since then it’s been a whirlwind adventure!

After we were picked up at the airport we were taken to the
Baptist Seminary in Santiago to rest from our overnight flight. We actually
were able to sleep for most of the flight this time, but we were still tired,
and a nap was very welcome. After this, at about 1:30, the vice-president of
the Baptist Union of Chile picked us up and took us to his house for Sunday
lunch. There we got to meet his in-laws, his wife, and one of his sons with his
children. We had a great time over the table, watching soccer, and then
worshipping at the house church that meets in his home.

Through it all we have seen that we have much to learn.
Lunch was delicious, albeit a little unusual. The salad appetizer was made up
of stringed beans, cauliflower, avocado, and octopus tentacles. The main dish
was a white fish cooked in a seafood sauce with a spinach cheese casserole. It
was all delicious, but slicing into octopus was a challenge, especially for
Bekah. She joked that the night before we left, while eating dinner in the
Atlanta airport, she tried shrimp for the first time. I guess she was simply
trying to get her taste for new things while she could still make a face!

What we have to learn, however, is not limited to food. That
is actually the least of it. After the house church’s worship, we gathered
around the table for once, their late
evening supper. We laughed and chatted, and soon enough the conversation turned
to chileno, the sayings and words
that are unique to Chile.

-¿Cómo te pasa?
(How´s it going?)

-¡Chancho! (Pig)

You can imagine our confusion! Apparently chancho means ‘great’ in that
context.  Our confusion went much deeper
than just this phrase. So much so that right now we can´t really remember
anything else that we were confused by. I think it went one way, Bekah thinks
it went the other, and neither of us can remember the exact word or phrase that
we are talking about. Needless to say, we need much prayer!

In spite of all our confusion and of all we have to learn,
however, we have been very blessed by the extreme hospitality that we have
already felt. We spent all afternoon and evening with lovely people, who were
excited to have us with them. We got to talk about where we came from, and we
got to enquire about where we are going; through it all the Chileans have been
very hospitable and kind, and they have tried to make us feel at home. Perhaps
my favorite part of last night was having Ricardo, the man who played the
keyboard for the house church, ask us what our favorite hymns were. We first
said How Great Thou Art. He then
began playing while we sang along. We then told them about the hymn that we
sang at our wedding Wherever He Leads
I´ll Go
. At first he couldn´t find it, but throughout the rest of the house
church meeting he sat there searching and searching his hymnal trying to find
the Spanish translation. Then, after the benediction, Bekah and I heard that
familiar tune coming from the keyboard; he had found it! We sang through one
verse and chorus with Ricardo grinning from ear to ear. In spite of all the
cultural and linguistic differences they have made us feel at home, and we are
very thankful.


About Blake Hart

My goal in life is to follow Jesus as faithfully as possible.
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2 Responses to Feeling at home, very far from home

  1. Sharon says:

    Sounds like a great start!

  2. So cool! I’m so proud of Bekah for eating octopus!! Way to go dear! 🙂

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