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South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca July 21st 2014

Braulio and Chanel have been living in a traditional Ecuadorian home for a young couple - a combination kitchen and dining room, a bedroom and a bathroom. But now with Mandy here they needed to expand. So Braulio got all the required permits and supplies and then we had a work day to help build two new rooms - a living room and a master bedroom. At the Men's Bible Study Last month I asked all the guys if they would be willing to come to a work day to help out. Everyone volunteered. Even a couple that is only here for two months on an exploratory trip volunteered. So we had a great group along with Braulio's brothers Emilio and Boris. We got started about 10:00 and finished about 4:00 (Saturday). The walls could not ... read more
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South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca July 12th 2014

Ever since we arrived our church has been planning to move. The building for the church is owned by the church, but they only lease the land. The owner wants to build a high-rise building. We were supposed to be off the property in January, but the city has imposed so many different permits that we had to jump through so many hoops that we just had the last permit signed last week. So the construction will start on Monday. Knowing that, Debi and I decided that we wanted to move closer to the church, so we started looking around this week. We told everyone at the bible studies on Tuesday and asked them to pray for us. That evening we both got on line to see if we could find something. We found one house ... read more
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South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca July 12th 2014

Here are the street art pictures we have taken in the month of June.... read more
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South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca July 5th 2014

Since we have been here we have been trying to get a foot in the door at the SOLCA Cancer Hospital, Children's Ward. It has been a long haul. We (our group of volunteers from Calvary Chapel Cuenca and some others who attend other churches, but do outreach with us) have been able to attend a couple of birthday parties for the kids and make balloon animals, face paint, etc. We have also been able to go to the hospital and take prayer blankets (provided by Lights Chapel Baptist Church, Greenbrier, TN) to the kids and pray with them, but not take pictures. At our last birthday party three couples were asked if they would like to become god parents for some of the children as they received their sacraments. Yesterday we were able to meet ... read more
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South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca June 28th 2014

Today's tour with the Cuenca Chamber of Commerce was very nice. We especially enjoyed it since John and Nancy Thompson had joined the Chamber and this was their first tour. We started at the factory of Dulce del Alicia. This is a sweets factory that started a number of years ago by the owner's mother in her home. She would prepare 60 pieces of the quesadillas (not the Mexican quesadillas we are used to in the States - look at the box in the second picture ) each day by hand. Her son helped in the business and eventually took over the production by adding machinery that now produces 1500 pieces a day. The quesadillas are the main item, but they produce a lot of other items - cookies, hot dogs rolls, croissants, etc. The factory ... read more
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South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca June 28th 2014

The second part of our tour today was in the Yungilla Valley. It is about an hour and a half south of Cuenca. First we went to Santa Isabel, a city build on a very high hill. After the tour bus scraped the rear end twice going down some of the streets we decided that was not a place for us to live - too many hills to walk up and down. We went through the church and walked around the park in the center of town for about 15 - 20 minutes then boarded the bus again. We then went to the Hosteria Canaan. A hosteria is another word for a hotel or hostelery, usually an inexpensive place to spend the night when traveling in countries other than the US. BUT, this was definitely not ... read more
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South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca June 26th 2014

This is a week long feast celebrated outside the new cathedral and around Parque Calderon. Almost every booth is the same, but there had to be about fifty of them. We bought a few things on Saturday and then went back on Sunday for some more of the ones we liked best. No wonder we haven't lost any weight.... read more
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South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca June 26th 2014

Well, this was the day we have been waiting so long for. We were able to take some prayer blankets to the children in the hospital that have cancer. First of all a huge THANK YOU!!!!! to our wonderful friends in Tennessee that have so blessed us with items to take to these children and adults in the hospital. To Lights Chapel Baptist Church, Greenbrier, TN for all the prayer blankets, clothes and games they have made and collected for us. To Kim Pitt, White House, TN for all the knitted and crocheted scarfs, hats, crosses and bookmarks. We spread most of these items out in our footlockers that we brought back to Ecuador, except for the final locker that we packed which was all prayer blankets. Let me back up just a bit to explain ... read more
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South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca June 25th 2014

The last stop this day was the most beautiful and the most interesting. It was the Orquideas del Ecuador. We were told by the horticulturalist that was giving the tour that there are over 4,000 species of orchids in Ecuador, and they were working on 2,400 of them here. He first showed us some of the seeds they were germinating. They have as much as 1,000 seeds in a small bottle. Then we went down to the large building that had even more bottles of seedlings. There was a young lady taking some of the seedlings out of the bottles and transplanting them into soil. This greenhouse had thousands of orchids growing. We could take pictures through the window, but could not go into that part of the greenhouse. Then as we went to another area ... read more
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South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca June 24th 2014

Next stop this day was a 'factory' making glazed pottery, used for cooking, eating, drinking, etc. As you can see n the pictures, everything is done by hand. They had some beautiful pieces. After getting some more information about how to 'cure' the pottery, from one of the owners, through our interpreter, guide, Jessyca, Debi bought two pots with lids, two soup bowls and three coffee cups (one of them was a yapa (bonus)). The total cost was $15.00. Debi has already made chicken soup in the large pot, and home-made hot chocolate and pesto noodles in the small one. She also uses the cups for her tea every day. We use the bowls all the time for oatmeal, soup, cereal, etc.... read more
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