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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Tarde de Chipas Posted: 08 Nov 2020 04:04 PM PST “We need to have a tarde de chipas sometime so you can teach us how to make these,”… …said EVERYONE, EVERY time Lilian, wife of Rev. Sergio Fritzler, brought her famous chipas to any kind of team potluck or party, from when I arrived on…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Whisking You a Happy Halloween Posted: 02 Nov 2020 02:22 PM PST After a joyous observation of the Reformation in each of the DRLM mission congregations nearly a week before October 31, the DR missionary team shamelessly gathered for a Halloween party: pumpkin-themed crafts, costume contest, the whole nine yards.  I can’t remember how…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie One and Done Posted: 01 Nov 2020 10:44 AM PST This week’s accomplishments: Module 1 of ESL and Unit 1 (and now 2) of ESL training. On Monday and Wednesday, Courtney and I gave our students in Licey and Palmar, respectively, certificates of completion. They really don’t mean much other than that all of…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Spontenai-Tuesday Posted: 29 Oct 2020 06:39 AM PDT The last appointment on my calendar for day 224 was Poetry Teatime. I’m sure it’s gotten a mention on here before: every other Tuesday afternoon, missionary kids and kids at heart gather at the Warren house; everyone either brings a poem or comes five minutes early…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Back in the Student Chair Posted: 24 Oct 2020 04:40 PM PDT Courtney, Kelsey, Jess, and I ended a morning hike by sitting here for a bit today – wondering if it’d work to record the sound of the rushing water, observing how quickly the clouds were moving, and wishing we knew more about…

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    October 2020 News from Erin Mackenzie Serving the Lord in Latin America & the Caribbean   I’m presently making plans to be in the US during the spring of 2021. More details coming soon!    LAST CHANCE! Signup deadline: November 4   Experience the ongoing work of the DRLM through an immersive online experience. This innovating, 5-day program…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie There Aren’t Any Apostrophes in Spanish Posted: 12 Oct 2020 06:50 PM PDT ¡Feliz día de la raza! Happy Columbus Day, observed here as “Indigenous Peoples Day.” And by observed, I mean I watched day 209 go by like any other Monday of late, meaning it included English class in Licey.  How’s teaching going,…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie My Dam Weekend Posted: 04 Oct 2020 05:45 PM PDT I explored some uncharted territory last weekend: the presa. My friend Kelsey talks about her boyfriend Franco’s grandma’s house there often; after having been invited along for a quick overnight, I finally know what she’s talking about. Presa means “dam,” and it turns out…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Just call me Ms. Mackenzie Posted: 27 Sep 2020 04:43 PM PDT OK maybe not yet, but after many an answered prayer for Courtney’s and my first day as English teachers in the 2 DRLM Lutheran schools, I owe you a recap.  Both Monday and Wednesday were far less stressful than anticipated. We didn’t…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie A Week in the [Pandemic] Life: Part II Posted: 23 Sep 2020 08:00 PM PDT Wednesday, September 16 6:00 am Left for the botanical garden.  7:19 am Came home to this sunrise view from my balcony. It’s my favorite spot in the house, especially on evenings when there’s a breeze.  8:57 am Dryers are…

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September 2020 News from Erin Mackenzie Serving the Lord in Latin America & the Caribbean   Due to COVID-19, my home service plans are on pause indefinitely.   Learn more about the above (plus other current opportunities and future opportunities as more become available) at lcms.org/servenow.   Close, But no Cigar It’s been a long 6+ months; oh, how I…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie A Week in the [Pandemic] Life, Part I Posted: 20 Sep 2020 06:06 PM PDT At almost every missionary presentation I give, someone inevitably asks, “What’s a typical day/week like?” The honest answer is that there is no such thing.  But I was determined to go beyond that. I’m almost always busy doing…what? It’s…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Like, TOTally Posted: 17 Sep 2020 06:09 PM PDT Tuesday (day 189) was my first day of CHE TOT1!  Before I go on, let’s back the acronym train up. CHE = Community Health Evangelism* [or Education, in sensitive areas]. Lest you, like me, erroneously think CHE is an organization, get that out of your…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie What did I just agree to? Posted: 12 Sep 2020 03:50 PM PDT Evidently, teaching English.  As of the would-be first day of school, I could have counted the total enrollment at both DRLM Lutheran schools on my hands. Much prayerful deliberation led to the decision to postpone the start of the academic year….

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    August 2020 News from Erin Mackenzie Serving the Lord in Latin America & the Caribbean   Due to COVID-19, my home service plans are on pause indefinitely.   “When peace like a river attendeth my way / When sorrows like sea billows roll / Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say / It is well, it…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie The Library Lowdown Posted: 05 Sep 2020 06:12 PM PDT Welcome to today’s edition of blogging between games of a Cardinals doubleheader.  I’ve mentioned the seminary library and working in said library often over the past couple months. I’m on a bit of a hiatus for the moment but thought it high time to…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Don’t Forget Fall Posted: 01 Sep 2020 04:55 PM PDT Happy September! Today’s high was 85, but I have decided that it’s the official start of fall in Santiago.  Given that the first signs of Christmas will start popping up in a month or so, can I please just have the next 30 days…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie It’s like raaa-a-ain on your wedding day… Posted: 24 Aug 2020 01:40 PM PDT …which is bound to happen, if you get married in the tropics in the middle of hurricane season. Thanks, Laura.  Tropical storm notwithstanding, Jamielynn and Rafa finally tied the knot. The road to the altar was anything but easy. Due to…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Work Up North Posted: 21 Aug 2020 06:11 PM PDT One of my missionary colleagues has a section in each of his newsletters entitled “Work Up North.” (He divides his time between Ascension Lutheran Church, a multicultural SELC congregation in Montreal, and several Caribbean islands, so there’s another section entitled – you guessed it…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Serving from Home Posted: 11 Aug 2020 03:22 AM PDT Things I didn’t do on day 153 that I would have done if COVID-19 weren’t a thing: fly to St. Louis for the start of my home service.  Instead, I’m still working…er, serving?…from my home in Santiago. The latest out of the DR is…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie The I of the Storm Posted: 30 Jul 2020 06:02 PM PDT Greetings from the middle of Isaias, 2020’s first tropical cyclonic activity in the Atlantic Basin that’s posed any threat to the DR.  Firstly, thanks be to the God, all LAC missionaries are safe.  If you’ve been following the LAC Facebook page, you…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie MAN, I could GO for a Mango Posted: 28 Jul 2020 06:28 AM PDT Day: 140. Summer reading program pages logged: 3,045. New mango recipes attempted in the past two weeks: 7.  It all started when missionary colleagues Jonathan & Cheryl gifted me a plastic grocery bag full of mangoes from the trees (yes,…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Phase ??? Posted: 21 Jul 2020 06:17 PM PDT And on day 133…curfew is back with a vengeance. The language of phases seems to have vanished from the vernacular, but between the economic sector reopening, campaign rallies leading up to election day, and Dominicans heading to the polls on July 5, the COVID-19 situation…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Bienvenidas y Despedidas Posted: 15 Jul 2020 10:21 AM PDT Update: 53 library books cataloged Monday + 34 yesterday. Yes, I went back…this is exactly the kind of thing I have a tendency to dive headfirst into… About Sunday, though. I left Costambar a few minutes after 9 am and arrived early for Pueblo Nuevo’s…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Vitamin Sea Posted: 13 Jul 2020 09:04 AM PDT At one time, I was considering making a packing list template in Excel that I could print 4 or 6 to a page and use instead of scrawling the same items on a Post-It note whenever I travel. Before I could get around to it, though,…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Christmas in July Posted: 05 Jul 2020 04:23 PM PDT I’ve never understood the notion of “Christmas in July.” I think it’s mainly another reason for retailers to have sales, as if they need one, but why not Christmas in June, which would be exactly six months from December?  Never mind, though . Yesterday, July…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Channeling My Inner Grade Schooler Posted: 29 Jun 2020 12:54 PM PDT I’m supposed to be in Peru right now in between two short-term teams, and the first native Peruvian Lutheran pastor was supposed to have been ordained yesterday. At least, I had an extended trip to Lima, with an unprecedented ordination as its…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie The Cloud Posted: 23 Jun 2020 12:45 PM PDT I didn’t need my sunglasses on this morning’s run. Nope, a Saharan Dust Plume made sure of that. We’re inside a cloud! The particles that regularly accumulate on basically any horizontal surface is my house originate in the Sahara (how else to you think tropical storms…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Phase 2.5 Posted: 18 Jun 2020 11:00 AM PDT The DR was supposed to move from Phase 2 to Phase 3 yesterday. Instead, here we sit on day 93 having failed to meet whatever would have triggered the transition. The government will reevaluate things early next week. In the meantime, authorities will be cracking down…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Enter His Courts with Praise Posted: 08 Jun 2020 06:54 PM PDT I WENT TO CHURCH YESTERDAY (day 82). After a nearly three month hiatus, Iglesia Luterana Cordero de Dios held in-person corporate worship, with Holy Communion. You better believe I was in the “pew” (plastic chair) and at the altar. I even remembered…

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June 2020 News from Erin Mackenzie Serving the Lord in Latin America & the Caribbean   Due to COVID-19, my home service plans are on pause indefinitely.   #coronastyle walks made a resurgence when curfew was pushed back from 5 pm to 7 pm. Here, we’re checking out the house a fellow missionary family will be moving into soon. Virus or…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Phase 2 Posted: 06 Jun 2020 02:02 PM PDT Happy Saturday (day 81), friends.  Sometimes, my blog posts merit an apology due to photo overload. This one merits the opposite. You’ve already seen much of what has graced my computer screen during COVID-19, but I can think of two virtual engagements within the past…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Phase 1 Posted: 27 May 2020 06:11 PM PDT Greetings in the name of our crucified, risen, and now ASCENDED Lord. On Thursday, I attended a TRI-lingual Ascension Day service organized by my missionary colleague Rev. Charles St-Onge. Charles lives in Montreal, Quebec, where he pastors a multicultural SELC congregation coincidentally called Ascension when…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie It Ain’t All Good, But it’s All Alright Posted: 18 May 2020 06:55 AM PDT Or so goes the chorus to “Quarantine Life” by Matthew West (for the sake of something new and different to listen to, I “attended” a free [virtual] concert sponsored by the Thrivent Member Network – Heartland Region on Friday…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie I Lost at Tic-tac-toe Posted: 08 May 2020 10:04 AM PDT To a cat. I successfully recreated a Facebook video of someone playing tic-tac-toe with a cat (by placing cat treats in each square), and Freddy beat me without my even realizing it at first! Sheltering in place for 51 days has made us…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie A Win Posted: 28 Apr 2020 06:51 PM PDT Today marked a major corona win!  In light of the changes that COVID-19 has brought to our world, the Short-term Coordinator workgroup put our heads together to come up with virtual service opportunities and voila, the English conversation partner project – pairing stateside volunteers with…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie O Lord, throughout These Forty Days Posted: 27 Apr 2020 01:03 PM PDT In the story of Noah and the Flood, it rained for 40 days and 40 nights. Moses spent 40 days and 40 nights on Mt. Sinai prior to receiving the Ten Commandments. The twelve spies scouted out the land of Canaan…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Together in Spirit [Week] Posted: 24 Apr 2020 01:09 PM PDT It’s the last day of spirit week in LAC. Yep, just like the days leading up to those pep rallies in grade school and high school: a different dress-up prompt each day, with photos shared throughout the day on our regional WhatsApp group…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Bring It On, Month 2 Posted: 20 Apr 2020 01:49 PM PDT It sounds like something from the Old Testament: On the third day of the second month… Yes, we are on day 34 of sheltering in place by my count. Time has become a blur. All of sudden it’s possible to reference something that…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Jesus Still Rose Posted: 13 Apr 2020 09:57 AM PDT My pre-curfew walk yesterday featured two (welcome!) interruptions from fellow missionaries (I still made it home at 4:52 pm…eight minutes to spare!) – first bearing fresh flowers as a thank-you for technical assistance with MailChimp and then a hand-drawn missionary kid masterpiece with these…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie The Store Posted: 10 Apr 2020 03:25 PM PDT It’s go time, people!  When living abroad as a foreign missionary, it’s perfectly acceptable to consider grocery shopping your accomplishment for the day. During a pandemic…I’ve got to be covered productivity-wise for at least a week. Yesterday, I braved my first store run since we…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Picking up the Pieces Posted: 08 Apr 2020 05:34 PM PDT Puzzle #1 ✔  I promised a photo sequence in my last post, so here goes:  Sunday, 3:51 pm Sunday, 8:12 pm Monday, 9:32 pm Tuesday, 5:31 pm Tuesday, 8:06 pm Before the big reveal, can I just say that I’ve been looking at…

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April 2020 News from Erin Mackenzie Serving the Lord in Latin America & the Caribbean   Due to COVID-19, my home service plans are on pause indefinitely.   My first time lapse video (#thingsivelearnedwhileshelteringinplace): lettering Matthew 17:20:    He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Having a Tropical Palm Sunday Posted: 06 Apr 2020 05:34 PM PDT Forget printable palm branches; I’d been scouting out the neighborhood for a week to find the ideal variety! I ushered in Holy Week with a triple header of Palm Sunday worship opportunities.  1. A pre-recorded service from my home church in St….

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie The Twelve Days of Sheltering in Place Posted: 29 Mar 2020 05:58 PM PDT On the first day of sheltering in place, my true love gave to me…one mask required to shop at Bravo (one of Santiago’s grocery store chains). Nacional, where I usually go, is taking temperatures before letting people in. (I’m still going…

Peru Foro March 2020

Greetings! First and foremost, know that our prayers are with each of you during this challenging, uncertain time. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope” (Romans 15:13). Thank you for your prayers on behalf of the faithful laborers around the…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Living my Best Virtual Life Posted: 22 Mar 2020 11:09 AM PDT I was supposed to pick up a short-term team today at 12:02 am. Instead, after a rough day or two of adjusting, I’m over here living my best virtual life. The president of the DR addressed the populace on Tuesday night; he…

Latin America Zoom update opportunity

Thanks for your commitment to LCMS church planting efforts in Lima, and for taking time out of your St. Patrick’s Day for a brief update on how your gifts and prayers are bearing fruit. You’re the pot of gold at the end of our rainbow!  Our agenda will be 1.    Welcome & Opening Prayer 2.    Los Olivos Report –…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie My Corona Posted: 14 Mar 2020 07:36 PM PDT [Here’s a little something for your listening pleasure while you read this since it keeps playing in my head. If no one’s written a parody of it yet, they will, and it’ll go viral.] I remember serving as a GEO missionary in El Paso, TX,…