Saturday, March 19, 2011


Hey guys,

This is going to be a short one, I dont have much time... So, the past two weeks i have had classes. The first week was orientation and survivor camp, then one pastor came from Argentina and another this week from the States. The Argentinian pastor was great, he spoke on God´s calling and how we are to respond to that, he then followed those points up with how you should be spiritually and emotionally serving God. He spoke on integrity, and many other topics. We get about 25 hrs of class time a week and its been good. God is helping me with patience issues, not having control, just having to go with the flow, its a little rough coming from being on my own for the past 5 or 6 yrs. I´m down about 10 to 15 lbs since i last updated my blog, I think the bible should be translated man can not live on rice alone... lol, its funny but true. No really I love it here, I´ve been able to do some soul searching and Im definetely going to be ready when it comes time for outreach. Mosquitos are bad here, it was on the news, swarms came in and they´ve been here for a while now. I´m going down river tomorrow to have lunch with the fanily of one of the students here, 40 minutes rowing down the Amazon and back 40... Literally sounds like a blast, as long as I bring pepto bismol... and deet. 100% anyhing else just upsets them and they bite more... Ive been named alltime goalie here, I love it and Im actually pretty good. That and all the running they don´t want me to do, maybe play defense, bt with the heat, humidity, and all, running in the states is a breeze... Not a hugely indepth one, but Im informing yall what´s going on. I love and miss everyone of you and I pray everyone of you has a blessed week and is a blessing to someone else this week.


George Palmer

Sunday, March 6, 2011

first week¡¡¡

Hey guys,

So, first week was intense. I arrived in Iquitos on saturday night and it has been a week and a day. I am doing a DTS program through YWAM, its a 6 month school, 3 months in the class room learning what it is to be a missionary and 3 months of hands on work in the feild to see if being a missionary is legit or not. I´ve gotten to know a lot of the people here and they are all awesome. The first three days we all had classes and orientation. Still adjusting to living in a different country and everyone realizing that we all are in a constant state of sweating... I´ve learned to love rice... and more rice... So by wednesday I started to get into a routine of what is going on with schedule etc... Well thursday held a surprise that impacted me more than I would´ve ever expected. Thursday at 9:00 they had us pack a bag a little smaller than a walmart sack and it had to be for a retreat, that was all the info we were given. So being in the jungle and all i brought 100% deet and toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, two pairs of socks, three pair of underwear, and two shirts. We were able to bring a sleeping bag and water bottle seperate of tiny bag... We loaded up on a bus and headed into the jungle... we arived and we were given food, a machete, a shovel, cookwear, plates and utensils. our leader took us deeper into the jungle and we had there 3 2x4x12, 10 2x10x12, and a bunch of jungle looking 4x4x4´s a big tarp, a bag of nails, a hammer, and 6 mosquito nets. there were 10 of us in our team. At first I hated it. I was hotter than I had ever been, even with 100% deet, i was being eaten alive by mosquitos, i was soaked from sweat like three hours into it. I lead the construction of the tent, and it was water/bug proof... one thing that night as we all piled into it, one of our team members from Holland yelled out. Hey guys we built a sauna... Hip Hip Haroo!!! It was hilarious. I was so frustrated. I wasn´t in control of anything, whatever the school staff had planned i had to do and they didn´t tell us. needless to say i was taken out of my comfort zone. Our team lost every single competition there was. I´m a competitive person who HATES losing. Needless to say I have lost every competition we have had since the school has started and with the extremes of the environment, the lack of control of what´s going on, being stung by an amazonian wasp in the eye, eaten alive by mosquitos and bugs ive never seen before, some character issues started boiling up to the surface. I turned into a jerk to my teamates, or so I did in my head. I realized I have major pride issues and in some ways that stops me from being tought. I´m being refined by fire, or worse, survivor camp... I´m growing and learning and this is just the first week. I´m excited and ready for anything. Have a great week guys and I´ll update next week!