Tuesday, September 8, 2009
So one of our favorite (and one of the very few options) to eat here in Iquitos is The Yellow Rose of Texas. It is owned by a retired guy from Texas who played for the Longhorns and is a big fan so the entire staff wears Longhorn attire. The Collins family pops into my mind literally every time I walk up to it:) The food is good and offers us some American choices that are rare around here. But for me, the reason I keep going back is the staff. They are warm and loving and you feel like family when you walk up. They also love Kai. The ladies all squeeze his cheeks and then he confidently says "jugo para mi" (Juice for me) with a big "Muchas gracias" when they bring it. They love it. But, Kai absolutely adores one of the male waiters, Jacob. Kai loves to get down from his chair and play with him and if I walk over to bring Kai back (because I'm thinking perhaps Jacob might have other things to do) he wants nothing to do with me...he just wants to play with his amigo. And frankly Jacob adores Kai as well and is more then happy to play with him and asks for him when anyone in our group comes. Two weeks ago Jacob was talking with Kai when our food came and we were ready to pray. So, Tyson invited him to pray with us and he did. That sparked a conversation about where we go to church and when the services are. I don't even know that we had a chance to invite him before he said he would come to the Sunday morning service because it was before his shift at work. Awesome! We let him know we looked forward to seeing him there. And guess what? He came! And last week when we saw him at the restaurant he asked Tyson if he had been studying the passage they were supposed to and said he would be there again the following Sunday. Unfortunately he was not at church this last week. However, I think God is starting something and want to ask for your prayers for him. We are thankful that our team has shown love to the staff at Texas and we are thankful for Kai's personality and how he loves people as it gave us an opportunity to talk to Jacob about church. Please keep Jacob in your prayers...thanks!