The Bateman Family

Batemans in Argentina

Shawn Bateman, Misionary to Argentina

July 05, 2017

One Year In South America

“Reminiscence Of Our Arrival”

“Reminiscence Of Our Arrival”

It’s hard to believe, but my family and I have been in South America for a year now. Time flies,
as the saying goes. Seems like yesterday that we were in the airport, checking our luggage,
saying goodbye and going through security. I’m not sure what happened when I bought the
tickets but the kids and were diverted and didn’t have to go through security. Emily did,
however. I guess she looked suspicious.

Next we were sitting on the airplane, and, heaven help us, it was the first time five little Batemans had flown. They did well, except for Madelyn. Nothing could make her happy, so Emily and I took turns handling her, but mostly Emily cause she is who Madelyn wanted to be with. One of the available inflight movies was Zoolandia, and you would think that on a six hour flight I would be able to complete the movie, but nope. Little Bateman girls kept me busy almost the entire time with questions, trips to the bathroom, and their commentaries on how the trip was going. I still haven’t completed Zoolandia.

We arrived in Lima at about midnight and the whole atmosphere seemed different. People were talking and I couldn’t understand one word of what they were saying. We filled out our paperwork, retrieved our 25 bags (such fun), and upon walking out we were greeted by Missionary David Gardner, Associate Pastor Javier Arce, and Pastor Rueban Effio Pozo. We made it to the hotel there and laid down at about 2 in the morning. The next day we hung out in the city of Lima, went to a mall and ate in the food court. I remember asking “What is this, and this, and this.” It was such a struggle just to say fork in Spanish.

 

We arrived in Lima at about midnight and the whole atmosphere seemed different. People were talking and I couldn’t understand one word of what they were saying. We filled out our paperwork, retrieved our 25 bags (such fun), and upon walking out we were greeted by Missionary David Gardner, Associate Pastor Javier Arce, and Pastor Rueban Effio Pozo. We made it to the hotel there and laid down at about 2 in the morning. The next day we hung out in the city of Lima, went to a mall and ate in the food court. I remember asking “What is this, and this, and this.” It was such a struggle just to say fork in Spanish.

 

That night we waited in the airport to take our last flight to our new home, a one hour flight from Lima to Arequipa. I was so sick. I think it was nerves; I mean we had just left everything and were moving to the other side of the world, to a new place, new culture, and new language. We boarded and I was about to vomit, then the people behind me sat down with a plate of hot fresh Chinese food. We taxied to the runway, and evidently we had to taxi to the other side of Lima to take off, it felt like we were driving to Arequipa instead of flying. Finally we were in the air, and it was all I could do to not throw up. I kept telling the girls “Please just be quiet.” We stepped off the plane to be greeted by more people, Assistant Pastor Lenin Bromley, and Alexander (Chorri) Cruz. We had to divide luggage and people among three cars that night. We would spend the next several days living with David Gardner and his family. Getting up the next morning in David’s house I was greeted by the site of the snow capped volcanoes that surround Arequipa. I’m from the mountains, but those volcanoes took my breath away. I spoke to a friend today who was recalling the fact that I didn’t know any Spanish when I got here. I literally knew less than 50 words in Spanish. I knew important words like; hello, bye, taco, and bathroom. It’s pretty amazing what has happened in the last year, and how much I’m able to do. Now I teach sometimes in church, invite strangers to attend Sunday School, and order pizza over the phone (perhaps the most difficult thing anyone has ever attempted to do in another language). To all of you who support us financially and pray for us, let me say a big thank you! We are here because of you! We have about 10 more months here learning, practicing, and growing in the language. We have come a long way, and still have a ways to go.

1 Comment

  1. Danny

    you are a great friend, and I´m pretty sure that many others think that also besides of being a huge blessing to our church

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