Saturday, January 16

I feel ignorant

I did this for my personal blog but thought it might be fun here too.

I had a moment this week that I used the word ignorant in the literal sense of the word. I was on a tech support call if that helps any. I couldn't get the new website to load and I knew that I was simply ignorant of some step in the process. (I must be missing a similar step for the printer, but I digress).

We are about to start doing public speaking each week about our lives in Spain making videos. I realized after living in Madrid the last four years people expect me to be an authority on Spanish culture, but I feel ignorant. In four years, it seems I've barely scratched the surface and now I must speak for an entire country.

It's not that I didn't gain a lot of knowledge in Spain, I did. It's just that I really only know about my own experiences. I had one culture class from a real Spaniard but that was 3 days about five years ago. I knew and interacted with a few Spaniards but my daily life was with missionaries and other immigrants.

My only real Spanish friends were from church and there again most of the people sustaining the churches we attended were not from Spain. Romanians and South Americans seem to keep the church alive. I know compared to the random person on the street I do know a lot about Spain, but I don't feel an authority on a country so diverse. Each region has its quirks and laws and in some cases language.

Now don't get me wrong, it's a blast to get to talk about it, but I feel sheepish speaking for an entire people group with my limited experiences. Most people are only interested in about 15 minutes worth of conversation about my life in Spain, sometimes only five minutes. So traveling around and visiting to do our fund raising is a fun opportunity to blabber on and on about what I do THINK about Spain or tell my personal experiences. Hopefully a year from now I haven't left a lot of people thinking the wrong things about my other home.

Ready or not here I come.

Friday, January 8

Fall 2009

We are busy in the throws of trying to edit the Ruth pilot project of Women of the Bible, do special effects on the Four Gospels, ship our dog to the US before temperatures get too cold, pack our house, schedule church services for 2010. Just a tad bit busy these days! Here are some more pictures of what has been going on with the Ruth project.

Kerry takes a break on the Boaz' house set which he designed and created.

Denise getting the wigs together for the shoot.

Doing make up and hair.

Behind the scenes on the Boaz set.

Actresses Betsaida and Irene played Naomi and Ruth.

Clarisse our intern from France has been a huge help on the project.

The vegetable stand for the Bethlehem market.

We aged our new boss already. Thanks for being in costume, Jerry!

Crystal - one of our editors, put into costume too.

Denise consults with audio.

Practicing the shot.

Allergies! We encouraged masks for the scenes where we filled the studio with real barley hay.

Harvesting scene with real barley cuttings and hay.