August 2017

God makes the calls


We had made plans with Luis to visit the Savings Cooperative in Capulispungo on Saturday. Luis helps them with the accounting, and we want to give them more training. But Saturday morning Luis awoke with kidney stones and we spent the whole day at the hospital. We hope the stone will pass on its own. Needless to say we cancelled the meeting in Capulispungo.

We had planned to stay in Riobamba, but all weekend the alarm in our house was going off, three or four times a day. When it activates, it also rings my cell phone. So Sunday we made the trip back to Quito to see what was happening with our home alarm.

But before we left Sunday for Quito, we met with young couple for marriage counseling. Not your typical counseling for marriage since they're already living together, but they want to straightened their lives out before God. We have begun the process.

Since we were in Quito on Monday, I decided to take on the yearly task of pruning the cypress trees in our back yard. It turned out to be much more work than I expected, but I enjoyed taking on the challenge. I worked for about 10 hours, finishing the final pruning on Tuesday, with blisters on my hands, swollen wrists, sore legs and arms, but satisfied that the job is done. The alarm technician came Monday afternoon, and all we had to do was change the battery.

Tuesday afternoon we headed back to Riobamba, arriving at 7:30pm. We hadn't been in our apartment yet five minutes when the doorbell rang. The couple had returned for their second session of marriage counseling. Whoops! We had forgotten the appointment, but God had brought us back just in time! He makes the calls.

Their first exam

They were a bit nervous, but the exams for the FLET bible course are pretty straightforward. We dropped in this Sunday on the church in Quito that consists mostly of immigrants from Capulispungo. They had finished the first book of six, and every book is followed by an exam. I was the proctor, and graded the exams on the spot. I had thought they had already purchased book #2, but it turned out they wanted to make sure they passed the exam before buying the next book.

The Church Service

Taking the exam. They need more tables.

Will you be our godfathers?


Edgar called me one morning at 6am. "Will you be our godfathers in our wedding?" "When?," I asked. "Next Saturday." Edgar had been one of my students a while back. His request surprised me, and we felt obliged to accept, not knowing exactly what we were getting into. He lives in a small town between the Highlands and the Flatlands of Ecuador. It took us six and a half hours to reach the town of "Moraspungo." Once there, we realized his real request was to help him organize the wedding ceremony, which was fairly simple and straightforward. Another pastor, who drove from Quito, conducted the ceremony. We hope to stay in touch.



Finishing one and trying to start another

Saturday in Capulispungo. These are the faithful few who have hung in there for the whole program of two years. This is almost our last study together. One more to go; then the graduation ceremony in October. I'm sure the celebration will be a big deal as was the wedding on Sunday in Cachisagua.

Sunday in Cachisagua. The real purpose for the visit was to see how many church members have signed up for the FLET bible program. But we had set up our visit on the same day as the wedding of Ruben's daughter. So we attending the whole celebration in order to briefly chat afterwards about the bible program.


The to-be-wed couple ready to enter the church.


The wedding ceremony.


The church was packed. For a wedding, everyone is invited from communities far and near!


And of course we had our participation. The accordion always makes a big hit!


The couple after the wedding with friends.


In this crowd, I found the people I needed to talk to. They still want to inscribe more students for the bible program, so we decided to wait a little longer before starting.