So it looks like you all out there are really digging the blog and the footage that I wrote on the Argentine church! Well the good news is that this is the first of many blogs and footage to come. There will be many more meetings and services where you'll get a chance to have an upclose and personal encounter with the Argentine. Especially with Rock & Vida coming up in Dec, you can be sure that I will be there with my camera in hand.
It really gets crazy at times the things I need to do to get this footage to you. On Sat, the afternoon before I headed off to church was wonderful. I strolled around around a quaint little barrio called Cabalito. In spanish it means "little horse" but I think that it should be renamed so that it means "a little piece of heaven". In terms of tourist attractions, there isn't much in that direction. But there are parks, cafes, greenery and a sense of calm and tranquility. For me it makes for a perfect getaway nearby when I need a break from the craziness of the big city. Or in the case of saturday, it is a great place to go when you need to experience the calm before the storm.
After my time in Cabalito, with all my heart I wanted to just go back to my apartment and watch TV. But I knew I couldn't do that, tonite was a really important nite for my church and plus it would be a great opportunity to finally get some footage. I already had my nice afternoon and it was time to get to work and do things that God placed me here for. So after a brief moments rest at my apartment, I then hopped on a bus that was to take me directly to the area on the outskirts of the city where the service was being held.
All was good, until I got off at the wrong stop. Something got lost in translation and I thought that the bus driver was telling me that this is where I was suppose to get off. So I got off and found myself in some subarb in the middle of nowhere. I realized I had made a mistake after flagging someone down and asking them where Estacion Lanus was (the bus station where I was supposed to get off). To my horror, I was told that it was quite far away (30 blocks walking) and the only way to get there was through the bus that I had just gotten off.
To make injury to insult, I missed two more of the exact same buses as the one I got off and I could feel my frustration growing. As I stood there waiting and hoping for a third bus, I remember praying "God...I'M TRYING!!!! I'm trying so hard for you, please help me". And did you know that when you ask you receive? As I stood there at the bus stop, a car pulled up and an elderly man spoke something to me in spanish. I told him I needed to go to Estacion Lanus and he beckoned me to get in.
Just before I go on I want to tell you that I do NOT recommend you do get in a car with simply anyone. But something about this felt different somehow so I held my breathe and got in. And it ended up that my instincts was right! You see, earlier when I was walking around talking to locals and explaining my situation, one of them was an elderly woman who was trying to help me get a bus. Although I was unsuccessful in getting another bus on time, she definitely turned out to be my angel. This old man is actually neighbours with this woman and after I had left to go stand at the bus stop, she had told him my plight. That is why he stopped in front of the bus stop and told me to get in.
I remember just sitting in his car thanking God that God always has a way to get me where I need to be. In the end I managed to get to where the event was being held and got some decent footage to use on my blogsite. But looking back, I can see why God allowed me to go through so much frustration in Canada. Because I needed to learn to deal with situations where there is high level frustration and little resources. Standing at that bus stop, I really wanted to cry as I thought about how I could be at my destination by now if only I had not had that misunderstanding and gotten off the bus into the middle of nowhere.
A few days before, i stumbled across the movie "Blue Crush" being played on TV. And I think that it was so timely that I watched it because I feel that is an exact representation of my journey. It is about a girl with an amazing ability to surf and gets the opportunity to partake in a competition with some of the best surfers in the world in some of the highest and dangerous waves on our planet. But to get to that place where she's even competition material, she has to go through strict training and rid herself of all distractions. She has to push herself to be higher, faster, deeper, better than she could possibly fathom. Enough said.....just watch the trailer of the movie "Blue Crush" and I think you'll agree that it pretty much sums up my journey in a nutshell.