After 20 years of living here, a big part of you will remain always as venezuelan. As the Venezuela we both once knew. It is sad that you have to leave us now, specially counting that I wasn't a decision you took. A foreigner asked me a few days ago if I recomend him to visit Venezuela and at this point, I didn't know what to answer. Hope you can come back at least in your memories and you can take with yourself for others that sees my country as something far and distant a much more real image of Venezuela. But it is not worth to be attached forever, things change, people change and the wheel of time cannot be turned back. I'm not expecting to see my country as it once were, that's an impossible dream and we are not living in a Bambi world. But as a "not-bambi" woman, I do hope at least one thing, among others: That my country can be able to welcome the foreigners with open arms and the typical comment "you are almost Venezuelan.." as it used to be. Until then, I'll keep writting, and will keep remembering. Not good bye, but Hasta luego!!!
Julia: Your comments left me in tears! I do hope to visit. Venezuela will always be a part of me and I will carry found memories of the many Venezuelan friends who have only ever been kind to me! The few "bad" ones are easily forgotten as they are not the *real* Venezuela you and i remember! May God bless you and all of your generation who find yourselves in this situation.
Thank you for this very informative update. Best wishes as you prepare for your new life. God is Good. All the Time!
Rita, I'm glad you posted this again. But you are not going directly to Paraguay? You're coming to the United States, and for how long before going to Paraguay? Also hope you're feeling better.
Webutante: Yes, We have a one year furlough in the states. This is a time where we travel and report to all the churches that have faithfully supported us these many years. We will also share our new mission with them.We will be based out of St. Petersburg ,Florida. we are excited as this means Josh will be able to live at home with us for that year.
Oh, all that sounds wonderful. But I have still another question, will you still call your blog "The Jungle Hut?"Questions, questions, questions...
Webutante: I think I will keep the name. It is a part of me!!
Oh Rita you MUST keep Jungle Hut! I just can't imgine you blogging with another blogname. It is so much of who you (all) are! Julia's comments seem to always leave me in tears.
I pray that God leads you in the direction you are to go for His glory!
I'll be in prayer for you and your family!
My dear Jungle Mom,you will always remember... and as long as you keep Venezuela in your heart, you will be HERE.I thank you and your family for the wonderful and loving job with the indians.Your children are venezuelan by birth, and that my dear Rita, they cannot take away from you.I'm glad that the family will be reunited for a year and then you'll be closer to Jackie!I have relatives in the area you'll live next year, maybe I'll see you during that time :-)Abrazos, Liz
Liz: Thanks. It would be great to se you some time!
The Jungle Hut sounds like a keeper! Glad you do too!
It was not my intention to make everybody cry with my comments! So my apologies! hehe
I will miss your eyes in a country that is such a threat. I have loved reading of all your experiences and look forward to following you wherever you are. I am so thankful that your family has been such a wonderful example to us all.You will be in my prayers, and once Jungle Mom always Jungle Mom...you can't take the country(as in farm girl) out of a person, so no matter where you are so is Jungle Mom!!!:)
They're afraid... that's why you must leave, jm. Chavez is paranoid... he see's the CIA everywhere.
I'll be praying. Change is difficult, but God is in control. Let Him be your cloud by day and your fire by night!
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