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South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca September 29th 2015

How to get there: I caught a 9am bus from Banos to Cuenca for $12 - I had to change in Riobamba but the conductor told you to get off & ushered you to the other bus with your packs. We had 1 stop for bus drivers to get food (& a bathroom break) & the trip took 8hrs. I met a girl called Jin from near Shanghai on the bus so we decided to find a hostel together. We caught a local bus into the city for 25c - exact change is needed. Where I stayed: La Casa Cuencana $8/night for dorm with bathroom had the dorm just for 2 of us. Clean, wifi good & water warm. Kitchen is ok but not that well supplied. What I did: Day 1: I wasn't feeling to ... read more
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South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca September 26th 2015

Today we went for a walk. It was the “Caminata por la Paz” (Walk for Peace). It started at Parque San Blas and went through downtown Cuenca and ended at Parque de La Madre (Park of the Mother). We were carrying a banner with a quote from Matthew 5:9 (NIV) - Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. It took us about two hours. Some of it slow, waiting for traffic to pass, or fast, trying to catch up after the traffic had passed. There were a couple of thousand people in the walk. We took a number of pictures, but people all along the route were taking pictures of all the attendees as well. Those of us from Calvary Chapel were singing worship songs and we even had some cheering ... read more

South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca September 21st 2015

On Saturday we finally had the opportunity to volunteer with Happy Dogs Cuenca. This is a group of Ecuadorian veterinary doctors, vet students and vet techs that work with an organization called ARCA (I don't know what it stands for). They set up places in different neighborhoods where they can go and perform spay and neutering on the dogs and cats in those neighborhoods. On Saturday there were four people that performed 70 surgeries. We were there until they were working on the 62nd animal. Debi was working on sterilizing the instruments and getting them to the surgeons... read more

South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca September 14th 2015

Well, the first picture below is one that I took from someone else's FB post. I didn't know he took the picture, but it was while I was on the stage at church taking pictures of all the kids at the Samaritans Purse Shoebox event. For about a year, one of the other elders at church has been trying to get Debi and I to join the Gideons. He is the president of one of the local camps (chapters). So a couple of months ago we did. We have a ttended a few meetings and this morning we wen to one of the hospitals in town, the IESS Hospital (Social Security Hospital). There were 10 of us, Debi and I being the only gringos. We went to all seven floors, to all the rooms and all ... read more

South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca September 13th 2015

Some of you may not know what the Samaritans Purse Shoebox is. Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ. Part of that is the Operation Christmas Child Program. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. In November each year people form all over the United States put together shoeboxes with items for needy children all over the world. The boxes are all ... read more
Goofy pirates
Pirate scowls

South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca September 10th 2015

In the latter part of July Bob Relyea, from Creation Ministries International, and his wife Frances, along with two friends of theirs from Peru, Lily and Angie, came to give a seminar on biblical creation and the girls worked in the Sunday School. While they were here we also had the opportunity to take them on the double decker tour bus around Cuenca.... read more

South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca September 10th 2015

On the first of August a group of eight missionaries from Calvary Chapel Miami came to Cuenca to conduct Vacation Bible School (VBS) and do outreach around the city. The five women were scheduled to stay with us. When they arrived at about 7 in the evening our first comment to them was, "We hope you don't have to shower, we don't have any water". The water had been off for several hours. After fixing dinner for them, the water came back on. BUT, our water heater decided to quit on us. Quick phone call to Braulio, with a request that he bring his brother Emilio (a great handyman that has so blessed us in our home). Fifteen minutes later they came and after about twenty minutes he had everything taken care of and we had ... read more
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Combined service
Dinner at Fredy's

South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca September 10th 2015

Every three months at the SOLCA Cancer Hospital they have a birthday party for all the children with cancer, both in and out-patient. They have a clown MC, dancers, magicians and singers. Since the gringos that participate can't really speak Spanish well enough, we do things on the sidelines. Debi paints faces, Mike and Nancy have a miniature basketball toss and give out candy, I blow up balloons and make swords from them and give the other balloons to Katy to make flowers (floras), monkeys (monos), dogs (perroos), etc for all the kids. To be honest, I usually do not look forward to this even, but once I am there and afterwards, my heart is filled with love for these kids. Regretfully, we are not able to take pictures of the kids. But I do have ... read more

South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca September 3rd 2015

So, as most of you know today is my 18th birthday which I cant even believe, and a friend of mine is taking me out for dinner and drinks because here 18 is considered completely and adult including having a few drinks. Also, next week Wednesday I will be leaving to go to spend 3 days in a grass shack on the beach and see the beautiful warm coast, I will also be whale watching in Puerto Lopez, so I am very excited about that. I will have lots and lots of new photos for all of you then!! Love you all and updates will be out soon!! Remember you can always get a hold of me on Facebook or my email is read more

South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca August 29th 2015

In June we had Pastor Kevin O'Neil, founder of Calvary Chapel Cuenca, and Pastor Drew McIntyre, Calvary Chapel Alpine, CA come and stay with us. Pastor Drew taught the Way of the Master (street evangelizing) to all who were interested on the evenings of the 15th to the 17th - the Ecuadorians at the church and the gringos at our house. Then on Saturday the 18th about 20 of us, mostly teens went to Parque de la Madre to hand out tracts and talk to people. Since I don't speak Spanish very well, I would just walk up to someone, say "Para usted (for you)" and hand them a tract. The Ecuadorian people are so gracious that they rarely say no when something is offered to them. But there was one woman who was fast walking ... read more
2 - Pastor Kleber, Pastor Kevin, Pastor Drew and Roger
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