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with the Christians who give
sacrificially so we can serve God in
Argentina. This is very humbling.
If we simply received anonymous
support every month, it would be
easy to take for granted. It is also
encouraging to know that when I
send a prayer letter, the people I
shook hands with will be reading
it and praying for me.
Roger: Where did you go to
language school, how long were
you there, and do you feel that
your time in language school was
Justin: We went to The Spanish
Language Institute in San José,
Costa Rica, for one year. This
school is specifically designed to
teach Spanish to new missionaries.
Our time in language school was
definitely well spent. I could never
have imagined how much there
is to learn in another language.
You go into it with the mistaken
idea that you simply need to learn
Spanish vocabulary and substitute
Spanish words for English words.
Learning the language is difficult
but essential. Even after language
school and nearly two years on the
field, we are still learning.
Roger: We have heard that mis-
sionaries commit some “bloop-
ers” when they begin speaking
a new language. Share briefly
about one of yours.
Justin: Which one should I choose? There have been so
many! Once I was preaching and tried to say that Christians
are pilgrims. The word for pilgrim is peregrino, but instead, I
said that Christians are pinguinos or penguins!
Roger: How have your children adjusted to life in
Argentina? Justin: Our children are adjusting well. In many ways, they
are able to capture the hearts of the people better than we
can. The Lord has sent many different people into their lives
to play important roles: their friends, their music teachers,
and others. Our children are able to use their instruments
regularly in our church services. This has given each of them
a heart and a desire for the ministry.
Roger: Justin, would you please summarize your thoughts
as you reflect on having completed a year of language
school in Costa Rica and almost two years on the field in
Argentina? Justin: Nothing could have prepared me for the shock of life,
operating in a different language. Now that we are living in
our field of service, we are putting into practice
what we learned in language school. We are slowly
progressing and have spoken to each other often
how difficult it would
have been if we had not
prepared ourselves through
time spent on deputation
and in language school. If
time spent in preparation
is never wasted,
then it could be
argued that time