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South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca March 23rd 2014

A few weeks ago we started planning a surprise party for Braulio. We gave invitations to all of our friends at church and told them that we were telling Braulio that it was just a church get-together, so if they needed him for transportation they could still use them. Debi decided on Mexican for the food, and then asked Braulio where to get tamales. Tamales are not an Ecuadorian food, so there are not many places that make them. But Braulio had a friend that made them. So he picked up a couple so we could try them. They were very good, so we ordered 60 of the chicken and 30 of the sweet tamales. On Friday Debi started on the food. She made a great chocolate cake, and then a couple of dozen cupcakes to ... read more
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South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca March 23rd 2014

DAYS 33-34 Today started with a 2 hr local bus trip to Riobamba, where we swapped for another 6 hr bus trip south to Cuenca. Long bus trips will become the norm going forward but its the only real option to cover the distances between stops in such a vast continent. The exit out of Banos was another drizzly morning with lots of mist. The start was more rugged mtns, deep canyons, fast running rivers & intense agriculture. Every shade of green was on view giving a stunning patchwork of crops of all shapes & sizes on every square inch of available land along the valley floor right up to the roadside & rising to incredibly high terraces. Usually above the terraces were dwellings on precarious cliff tops. The route was climbing much of the way ... read more
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South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca March 14th 2014

One of the reasons we came to Cuenca was to get involved with the Cuencanos. For about the past month we have joined some others from our church and have been volunteering at a school that teaches Colombian Refugees. Many Colombians have emigrated to Ecuador to escape the drug cartels. We go to the school every Thursday at 10:30 and attempt to teach the kids English. The class room that we are in have three tables set up - a large table for 3-4 year olds, a smaller one for 5 year olds and an even smaller one for 6 year olds. These children are so precious. Some of them just stare at me, others whisper 'Papa Noel'. When they mis-behave I just wag my finger at them. Thankfully we have another girl from church that ... read more
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South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca March 14th 2014

Today Braulio, Chanel and Mandy came over for a visit. So of course my camera came out and we were able to get a great picture of the three of them. Enjoy.... read more

South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca March 5th 2014

Well, Mandy finally arrived at 13 minutes past midnight today. She was seven pounds and 19 inches (we had to get to our computers to do the conversions - they use the metric systems here). We were blessed to be the first ones to hold her, other than Chanel and Braulio. She is a perfect little angel and is now our twelfth grandchild (we all had decided to drop the 'adopted' title). We went with Braulio on Thursday to bring Chanel and Mandy home from the hospital and Braulio fixed lunch for us. Then his parents came over and we met them for the first time. It was a little difficult, since they speak no English, but when they left we were told that we would be welcome in their home anytime. Grandparents here are called ... read more
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South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca February 23rd 2014

I think I need to make a correction to what we told so many people about the lack of insects in Cuenca. We told everyone that when we were here in December 2012 we only saw about three flies in the eleven days we were here. And that was all true. We spent all that time down in the town and especially in El Centro, where there is hardly any dirt or green space other than the parks. But, now we are living in the country. We have cows walking past our home on a daily basis. There is a field diagonally across the street and many days you can find three or four cows grazing there. There are often geese in the field as well; there are sheep at the house at the end of ... read more

South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca February 23rd 2014

The Lord has blessed us with so many new friends here. A couple of weeks before, we decided to get DirecTV. We actually have about 70 English speaking channels. Since we were going to be able to see the Super Bowl Game, we decided to have a party. Most of the people were from our church - Calvary Chapel Cuenca, but there were also some other Ecuadoriano friends that came. Debi prepared all the meat, although Pato, Ale, Braulio and his brother Boris and his girlfriend Mary, did most of the cooking. She even cut up the cheese so it could be put on the burgers (which were football shaped) so it looked like the laces. Regretfully, when put on while the burgers were still on the grill the cheese melted and you really couldn't tell ... read more
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South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca February 23rd 2014

Many times in the past couple of months Braulio and Chanel told us they wanted to take us to Paute, about 45 minutes from Cuenca. It seemed every time we planned to go Debi either had her accident and was in a cast, or she got sick and we couldn't go. We told them that they needed to surprise (kidnap) us so Debi wouldn't get sick. So one Sunday after church, they just told us we were going to Paute. We took the drive there, which was really nice getting to see the area surrounding Cuenca. But my camera was in my backpack in the trunk of the car, so no pictures on the way. When we got there we stopped and took pictures of the cable bridge over the river, the river itself and the ... read more
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South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca February 23rd 2014

Several of the women that attend the Calvary Chapel Cuenca (CCC) Women's Bible Study do not attend CCC. One of them heard about our going to the Columbia Refuge School for Children (pictures later) and how we used balloons to break the ice with these kids. She asked if we could help her with getting the word out to the neighborhood about their church. So we went out and just stood along the street in front of the Rotary International building that they hold their se4rvices, and handed out balloons and pamphlets about their bi-lingual service.... read more
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South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca February 23rd 2014

As mentioned in the last blog, we are going to this school and trying to teach the children some English. The class that Debi and I and a couple of others go to are age 3 to 5. The first time we went (2/13/14) I took out my camera and took one shot and got the message - Battery Exhausted. So I didn't get any pictures of the kids with the balloons we made. But I have received some from a woman that came with us. So I made sure that the battery was fully charge the next day. The following week before we went I downloaded a bunch of pictures of animals (cow, horse, turtle, teddy bear, dog) and made about ten copies of each for the kids to color. Debi and I would take ... read more
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