Careful of what I say

17 Jan

A partner church here in Costa Rica asked me to preach on missions yesterday….in Spanish. In my role I work with people in four languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese and Creole. So fluency in Spanish is not a requirement but it is a personal goal since I do live in a Spanish-speaking country. In the end I decided to use a translator because I didn’t want my limited language ability to detract from the message. Yet as I was preaching I found myself slipping into Spanish, much to the chagrin of my patient translator. Eventually he just stepped back and I charged ahead, getting smiles and very few looks of confusion as I spoke.

God is moving on the hearts of Latin American Christians and they are waking up to a new sense of the need for missionaries to come from ALL the world to ALL the world. We defined a missionary as simply as possible: a person who crosses cultural lines to build God’s kingdom. I used an example of a silly cultural difference between our home country and Costa Rica. Here it is very important to keep your car clean. I mean, REALLY important. Someone may have a twenty year-old car but they wash it regularly. Parts may be falling off, but doggone it, those parts will be CLEAN. In the USA however, this is not such a big deal. Sure we like our cars clean, but not enough to wash them every other day. This got a big laugh, and some joker left us a message on our car when we left church: Lavelo, meaning “wash it”.

Maybe I’ll get around to that this week sometime. Meanwhile, I think I’d better be more careful about the illustrations I use.

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2 Responses to “Careful of what I say”

  1. Anonymous January 20, 2011 at 9:37 pm #

    Seems like the same thing here in the South. People are always washing their car and there are so many carwashes where you can tip someone to wipe it down and all that. My car is never clean and i am sure we are always getting looked at. The other day the carwash was so crowded – it was like the snowed melted and everyone wanted to get the salt off their car.

  2. cathimommy January 29, 2011 at 2:44 am #

    I am grateful for that jokester…my car is one of the cleanest on our side of town now!Thanks honey!Cathi

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