Graduation Flet Level 2


I finally learned where my most faithful student comes from. I couldn't even find the road to his community on Google Maps! From his community, called "Yuyaute Alto," he either walks or finds a ride into town, seven kilometers away. From there he has to catch a bus on the Pan American Highway twenty minutes to another town called, "Guamote." From there he has to find a pickup truck to take him 15 minutes up the mountain to "Capulispungo" where we hold the Bible Study "Flet" every month. He rarely misses a class, because he really wants to learn. He's older than I am, never finished half of high school, and I can barely understand him when he speaks his second language Spanish. But he, along with eight others, finished level 2 of the Bible Study "Flet!"

This time, "Capulispungo" didn't want to do a graduation like we did for level 1. So what do you do? Just hand them his diploma? Not in this context! You have to do some kind of formal presentation. So I committed to visit his church on Sunday, and present him with his diploma during the church service in the presence of the congregation and the two pastors. I played it up as much as I could, and I could see everyone was satisfied. We slipped out of the service a little early, because the fog on the mountain was closing in, and this was the first time I had driven on these roads. But Manuel, the student, insisted we visit his house "for coffee," which consisted of hot chicken soup and juice, followed by guinea pig and potatoes. We drove down the mountain in the dark and in the fog, but we picked up a woman who was returning to town and she made sure we didn't miss the road.

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