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South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca April 7th 2014

After we left the farm, we drove over to the Tarqui Zoo. It was rather small, the walk around the various cages was a little difficult, but everything was very clean and they had a lot of animals. We had lunch here and then drove back to Cuenca.... read more
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South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca April 7th 2014

Believe it or not, after all the walking at the farm, then again at the zoo, when we got back to Cuenca we decided to walk around El Centro. We went to the "Broken Bridge", although it is no longer broken. It collapsed many years ago into the Tomebamba River. It has now been turned into an event site on just one side of the river. Then as we walked around I took a few pictures of some of the churches and some of the street art. The city government decided to try to cut down on the tagging by offering certain areas for artist to paint. Some of the are weird, and I don't take pictures of those, but some are very nice.... read more
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South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca April 7th 2014

Several of the ladies that attend the Women's Bible Study on Tuesdays do not even go to Calvary Chapel Cuenca. But evidently there are not a lot of bible studies going on in town, so they come to ours. Back in February, one of the ladies heard about the Balloon Ministry and asked us to help her increase the population of their church (International Christian Church) by providing balloons to draw the children, which draws the parents. The day after we helped her they had eight new children in the church, along with their other family members. Well, they moved the location of their church and again asked us to help out. So on Saturday morning we showed up, balloons and pumps in hand. There was Braulio, Chanel and Mandy, Kathy, Nancy and Mike, Mark and ... read more
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South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca April 7th 2014

A few months ago Debi found some posts on Facebook about pallet furniture. One of them was a pallet attached to a wall and used for shelving. It took a long time, but we finally found some pallets, so I stained and clear coated one of them. Today we hung it on the wall. We still need to get some more colorful items to put on it, but we love it. When we return from the States the end of April we are having the living and dining room re-painted beige/light brown, so this will really look great.... read more
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South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca April 6th 2014

Today was a really busy day. It will take more than one entry to show you everything we did.... read more

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South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca April 6th 2014

Today we joined 28 other expats (Gringos) on a tour bus provided by the Cuenca Chamber of Commerce. We took a drive for about 30 minutes to the University of Cuenca's Experimental Dairy Farm. It is located on 563 acres of land that used to be owned by the government. They only have about 55-60 head of cows, a couple of horses and about 50 guinea pigs. They told us how they are trying to get the Ecuadorian cows to match the milk output of the International cows (from the US and other countries). The Ecuadorian cows produce about 12 - 15 liters of milk per day. The International cows produce 20 - 30 liters per day. They are doing this strictly through research, not through steroids or hormones. They also showed us how they do ... read more
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South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca April 5th 2014

Last month we were blessed to meet Katy and Gary Rovetto from Payson, Arizona. Katy has a wonderful ministry of making balloons for kids and telling them about Christ. Today a group of us went to Parque Calderon, in El Centro, to hand out balloons. We were joined by Eric and Mary Stock from Oklahoma, Evelyn Benson from California, Kathy Dodd from Canada, and Susan from Arizona. What a joy this was. We were crowded by not only children, but teens, young adults and old. The balloons were made into hats, flowers, puppies, lions, frogs and swords. Attached to the balloons was a small card that we made up with the following: "El nombre de Dios es Jesús, y Él te ama" (The name of God is Jesus, and He loves you.)... read more
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South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca April 5th 2014

Today was a really weird day - weather wise. We went to town about 11:00 for Debi's hair appointment wearing only short sleeved shirts. Then we went to Supermaxi for a few groceries, and it poured while we were there. When we got home we even had some hail.... read more

South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca April 4th 2014

Well, April is off to a very busy month. Today we attended a presentation at the Cuenca Chamber of Commerce by the US Ambassador to Ecuador, Adam Namm. He came with Ambassador General David Lingwell and Matt Cranston from the Guayaquil Consulate. There are only four countries that have both an embassy and a consulate - Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Ecuador. Ecuador is the smallest country in South America, but the consulate in Guyaquil has been there since 1825. They just built a new consulate, at the cost of $60 million, so it is not going anywhere soon. They were there to explain to any Americans that came to the meeting the things the embassy and consulate could provide for us. It was a very informative meeting.... read more
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South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca March 26th 2014

Yesterday Katy Rovetto, Nancy Korica and Debi had the privilege of going to the Solka Children's Cancer Hospital in Cuenca to celebrated all of the January, February and March Birthdays with the kids and their families. Nancy took goofy dress-up pictures of the kids and their families, Katy did balloon animals and Debi did face painting for the kids. Our wonderful Women's Bible Study group provided seven yummy Birthday cakes. We were truly blessed to be able to love on these kids and their families. There was about 100 people there to celebrate. We thank God for giving us this wonderful opportunity to share His love with these precious kids. We were invited to come back each quarter to celebrate with these wonderful kids. God is so good. We had been under the impression that only ... read more




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