“I am with you, and watch you wherever you go.” Genesis 28:15

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, with surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and mind through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

“Consider it pure joy my brothers, when you face trials of many kinds, knowing the the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” James 1:2-3

“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have[a] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 5:1-5


“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10


April 28 2017- Friday
Got up at 6, got ready, went to school. Came home shortly before 1, showered and got ready and 1:15 went to Arlie and Evas to drive the kids to San Jose. I hadn’t driven since I have left home so it felt so strange! So good though too. We arrived in San Jose around 4,and the prayer meeting began. It was so good! ❤ I am so thankful for prayer ❤ We had guiso and cheddar biscuits for supper, SO GOOD! We were there until around 7:30, and got home shortly after 10. Was a long (but good) day.

April 29 2017- Saturday
Got up around 7, cleaned up the house and showered! Then relaxed a bit. Parent teacher interviews started at 1:30 so I went there shortly before. The meetings went really well! I was SOOO nervous. Were done with the meetings around 8:30. Then came home and relaxed.

April 30 2017- Sunday
Got up around 7:30, got ready, Martin was here around 8, then went to church around 8:45. After church we went to the city! We looked for a few places to have lunch but we either couldn’t find them or they were packed full people. So we went to the mall and ate there. Then we did a little shopping. I bought a skirt and a pair of heels! After we chilled in Starbucks and had chai and cunape! Then we went back home. We were home around 5. We chilled, were outside for a while, then I made supper (soup). After supper we watched The Pacifier.

MAY 1 2017- Monday
No school today because it’s labour day here. So I slept until 9, showered and got ready then went to Anne Diedrichs and had coffee with Martin. Had wanted to go to Pailon but the taxi place was closed for the holiday. Came home, had terere and played some aggravation. Then made lunch, varaniki and varsch. Then had maddach shloap a bit. After, we relaxed a bit, Iliana came over for some terere, then around I made supper (burger meat & pasta). I went to sleep around 9:45.

May 02 2017- Tuesday
Got up at 6, Martin came over at 6:30, had coffee outside. Went to work at 7:30. Work went really well! My grade 1’s were a bit challenging again today, as well at my grade 6’s. But other than that the day went AMAZING! In my conversation classes I’m getting them to memorize John 3:16, the students who started of being the most stubborn saying they couldn’t do it, have it memorized! In only a few classes! I’m so happy with them:):) When I was done work, I went home, changed, and Eva, Martin and I went to the city. We were at Cotoca (about 20 min from the city) when we realized I had forgotten the paper and ultrasound pics!! So we went there and tried, but couldn’t do it. We found out we needed to make an appointment for the biopsy after all, so did that for tomorrow at 3. So we went to a bank machine, took out money and headed back! Were back in Pailon at 8, Martin and I had supper at Ali’s and then went home. I AM BLOWN AWAY from all the support and prayers ❤

May 03 2017- Wednesday
Got up at 5:30, Martin was here at 6, had coffee and I went to work at 6:45. Work went good! Wednesdays are always chill. After work Martin and Eva met me there and we hopped on the first micro (bus) and went to Pailon. From there we went to the city. We were in the city around 1:30, quickly went to a bank then went to the doctor place where we made the appointment yesterday. When we got there, we found out we needed to go to another one of their clinics, thats where they do the biopsys. So we got another taxi and went there. When we got there, we went in, and the secretary told us that the doctor had gotten called in to surgery, so he would be back around 4/4:30. (my appointment was at 3). So we sat down at a nearby snack place and were there for a bit. Then Eva said we’d go visit Jake and Dorothy Fehr, since they lived close by. We walked a few blocks and got there about 3:15. We sat outside there and had coffee and watermelon. They seem like such great people!! Really glad I got to meet them. I am always very like.. “oh people..” when I have to meet knew people.. but I am SOO thankful that we went:):) They are really encouraging:) We left to go back right around 4. Got there and they called my name right away! I went in and changed. They had to use the ultrasound the whole time while doing the biopsy. That was the most painful part, him pushing on the lump. They tried doing the biopsy once when it wasn’t completely frozen and that was painful. After when it was frozen it didn’t hurt at all. Whenever I get nervous or scared, or am in pain, my feet wiggle (just ask mom or my physiotherapist lol) so this one nurse was standing beside with her hand on my feet.. lol. They had to go in quite a few times. We were out by 5:00. Then we took the biopsy material and took a taxi to the lab and dropped it off there. Even met 2 girls that spoke ENGLISH!! One was from New Zealand, on was from.. I forget.. lol but it was pretty cool meeting m=people that speak my language:) Martin and I went for supper at Fridolin, they had AMAZING coffee!! Then from there we went home:) We were home by 8:00.

May 04 2017- Thursday
Got up around 8:30 (didn’t go to work today due to pain). Martin came over, we had coffee. Made oatmeal and toast for lunch. We didn’t do anything at all really today since I could hardly move. Watched A Walk To Remember, Martin practiced piano (Iliana asked him to play at their wedding, he’s not sure if he will or not though). Made a pasta thing for supper. Was a very chill, blah kind of day. Watched August Rush and played some Phase 10 in the evening.

May 05 2017- Friday
Slept until 9, showered, Martin came over, he made bacon and eggs for breakfast, then we sat outside and finished our coffee. Then I came in and cleaned up breakfast, Martin played piano for about an hour or so. Warmed up leftovers for lunch then relaxed a little. 2:30 I went to the trighmaka appointment. Then after I went to Anne & Diedrichs and we had some fruit salad, then she took me to the clinic here and I got my IV. After, we watched part of a movie and then around 6 Martin started supper (fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy.. yum!) He even served it to me in bed because i was still attached to my IV and it was hung from my window. When my IV was done, He even took my IV out for me. I am so thankful he is here ❤ I’m pretty much the luckiest girl.
Prayer Requests:
• My biopsy results
• That I will be who my students need me to be
• My personal relationship with God
• Health
• ***Language barrier***
• To truly let Jesus’ love and light shine through me
• That I will learn to ‘people’ more
• For friendships
• Homesickness
• Patience, wisdom, courage, love…

***My whatsapp number is +591 70280684.

Thank you everyone,
all my love,
Joanna ❤