Spring has finally sprung (at least for the weekend, although the forecast is looking good in the Keweenaw next week!) and we’ve slowly been coming out of our winter shells. Caleb has finally decided he likes going outside – which has been encouraged by 30 degree weather, instead of the subzero climate we enjoyed all winter – and we’ve gotten out for some fun water-splashing walks in the past week.
We’ve had some fun since our last post: I modelled in a fashion show for African Night, Hans spent a week with students in Milwaukee over spring break, and Caleb and I spent some of that week visiting my parents in Minnesota. It was nice to see family and enjoy a giant fish fry hosted by my cousin – complete with lots of yummy fish he and his family caught ice fishing and halibut brought down from family in Alaska. Caleb didn’t care for the fish, but I definitely enjoyed enough for both of us!
The Friday that Caleb and I were in Minnesota, Hans hosted an international potluck at our house and enjoyed lots of food and friends. He had the honor of meeting a family from Ecuador (and speaking Spanish with them!) and yesterday Caleb and I were able to meet them as well. I love that we get the privilege of meeting and getting to know so many people from so many places. And it was extra special to have someone to talk to in Spanish!
We’ve also begun hosting a group of freshman InterVarsity students on Saturday mornings for brunch and training in evangelism. They had been meeting on and off for the past few months, but wanted more training and we were happy to oblige! We have plans to meet for the next three weeks to continue looking at the different stages people experience in their journey to faith in Jesus. It was fun to hear conversations happening and see the students’ love for their friends who don’t know Jesus. (And I love feeding students, so it was fun to serve breakfast to them!)
With the promise of spring ahead, I’m excited to see what April holds. We’ll see what the next month brings in the Nyberg household!
The Nyberg family is back in the States and has been on the move since arriving a month ago. After a crazy week where we travelled from Bolivia to Virginia, where we spent time with Hans’ sister and her husband, to debriefing at WorldVenture’s office in Denver, to Minnesota where we spent a few days with my family before heading east to Hans’ parents’ house, we were glad to stay in one place for a couple of weeks. But with Hans’ youngest sister getting married while we were there, we still kept busy!
Our trip from Minnesota to Michigan started our (large) loop around Lake Michigan. We’ve now been in downstate Michigan and Ohio for a week, and so far have driven over 1500 miles since we left. We are enjoying meeting with friends, supporters, and family, and feel blessed to have this opportunity to catch up with so many people. And as we travel, we are working to raise more support with the goal that Hans will be fully funded with InterVarsity by the time that students arrive at Tech next month.
We’re looking forward to settling into our apartment in Dollar Bay in August. For now, the plan is to move in on the 9th or 10th, and we hope to be posting more frequently once life settles down.
Today is our last full day in Cochabamba. It’s hard to believe that we are leaving after three years. Sure, we’ve had two official goodbye parties (one of them being an early 1st birthday party for Caleb), gotten together with friends almost every night in the past week, packed our suitcases, and moved out of our apartment, but it still doesn’t quite feel real.
We’re excited for what’s coming, but we’re sad to leave Bolivia behind. And so it makes for a bittersweet time in our lives right now.
Here are some photos from the past week.
Two weeks ago we invited the jovenes (college students) from church over to play games. We’ve had them over several times before, but not for the specific reason of playing games. (Although, they do ask to play Dutch Blitz every time they come over, so we’ve played games with them before.)
This time, I was able to play Dutch Blitz with a bunch of students because Caleb was happily walking around the apartment in his walker. While we were playing, Hans introduced the rest of the group to Bohnanza, a card game that involves planting beans and harvesting them for gold coins. He later told me that he thinks it is easier to lead Bible study in Spanish than it was to teach the group to play the game in Spanish!
One of the girls in the group celebrated her birthday earlier in the week, so the jovenes surprised her with a birthday cake. She took the traditional “bite” of the cake, but the group was nice to her and didn’t smash it in her face. (Yep, it’s a real tradition here. We’ve both had birthday cake smashed in our faces!)
I know I’ve said it before, but we are thankful for our friendships at church and for the ability to host the jovenes in our apartment! We’re going to miss them a lot.