Wednesday, August 23, 2006

UMO and Soccer games

You might have to click on this one to enlarge it, but I want to give a contest. The contest is to see if anyone one of you can identify this UMO (unidentifiable meat object). Feel free to put comments in the comments section and I'll let you know if you are right.
The next couple of pictures from 2 soccer games that I have attended within the last few weeks. The first one is of the Liga fans celebrating a goal. After each goal, they would run to the bottom of the bleachers and then back up. As you can see in the picture, there were others that would climb the fence there. They would also shoot off roman candles and other fireworks. Apparently, it is illegal to bring in a plastic water bottle (they didn't let me in w/ mine), but fair game on the fireworks. Fortunately, Liga (my favorite team) won this game against Aucas 4-3. They haven't been doing so well since the World Cup. Before the WC, they were in first place, now they are in next to last.
This next one is from another game I went to a few weeks ago. The result wasn't so fortunate in this game, they lost 5-1 to Deportivo Quito. That translates to about 49-7 in American football. This picture is of some Deportivo Quito fans with a banner they are holding. D. Quito fans are also known as the 'taxistas' or taxi drivers because a lot of the taxi drivers support Deportivo Quito.

Just want to let everyone know that we will be going on a trip for the next few days. We will be going to Guayaquil, which is down on the coast. We will be visiting some colleagues down there to check out the work there. Please be in prayer for safe travel (it is about an 8 hour drive down there). Also, please pray that we will have a good time of fellowship and that we will be able to learn from them as well.

Mark 4:26-29-He also said, "This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come."
I just read this passage yesterday during my quiet time and it was a real encouragement about the power of God's word and kingdom. Since arriving here (and in life in general) we've had varied degrees of what we would call success. Some days the people we see are eager to learn God's word and apply it to their lives. Other days, we cannot even find the people that we are looking for. Or we might find them but find they are not interested in studying the Bible at all. These verses were just a reminder about the power of God's word and that the 'results' are not always up to us. Please pray that we will remember this truth. Please pray that's God's word and truth would be powerful in our own lives and walk with the Lord. Also, please pray the same thing for the people of the valley and throughout Ecuador.


Blogger Arnold Austin Jr said...

Is it chicken? Bet it takes like it!

How bout some "in season" slug?

9:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about boiled mountain oyster? Yum, Yum! Bet it tastes like chicken!! Ben, I'm your yankee wussie momma...

9:06 PM  
Blogger Ben & Christine Haley said...

keep guessing...
arnold and jan-no, it wasn't chicken and it didn't taste like it either. i really only had a very small bite of it. the soupt it went in was really nice but i just couldn't eat the UMO.

10:37 PM  
Blogger Michael and Kristi Rains said...

How bout tongue and it tastes like an old leather boot?

6:31 PM  
Blogger Ben & Christine Haley said...

my mom, donna haley, emailed me her guess. she said 'snail or octopus.' still not right. michael rains is close, at least if he is talking about cow tongue. that is my one clue, that is a cow part.

7:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it's cows hoof.
Love, Dad

9:04 PM  
Blogger Ben & Christine Haley said...

Father knows best...yes, it is cow hoof. I really only had a nibble of it, it was just too weird.

11:09 PM  

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