June 2019

Fourth Pres to School and site seeing.

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The girls made great friends at the school in Cachisagua. (Click here for more photos.)

Faby taught a class on ethics using the parable of the Good Samaritan as an example.

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I showed the kids The Soma Cube which taught them abstract thinking.

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We actually made it to the refuge on Cotopaxi mountain.

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Took the cable car up Pichincha mountain to see Quito from above.

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And of course visited the Equator, known as the Middle of the World.

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Fourth Pres to Communities

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Saturday we visited the community Shobol Llinllin and spent some time with the youth. Click here for more photos.

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Sunday we visited Cachisagua for an outing with their youth.

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And stayed for the worship service that afternoon.

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A Special Ministry

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We have been visiting a community near Riobamba called "Shobol Llin Llin." They have been asking us for help in different areas. One need they shared was for Faby to work with single moms. These women have felt discriminated in the church. Not that the members treat them differently, but that they still hold a lot of their guilt. The group consists of only eight mothers, but they eagerly await meeting with Faby every two weeks. God is doing His work!
(Next blog)

Christ crucified in Capulispungo

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Capulispungo, Saturday, monthly meeting to review lessons. Before they took the exam, we had some very good theological discussions. Since we're studying Paul's second missionary journey, we reviewed some of 1 Corinthians, especially where Paul emphasizes preaching only Christ and him crucified, 1 Corinthians 2:2. So I asked a question I have been asked a few times here in Ecuador: "If I fall into a sin, and before I can repent or confess it, I die, will I go to heaven?" A professor in Cachisagua asked me that just last week. Then I asked another question to get down to the fundamental issue: "Why did Christ die on the cross? What happened there?" and drew them to my favorite passage: Colossians 2:13-14 "He forgave us all our sins… nailing [them] to the cross." Of course, if someone persists in a sin, that's a different story. He's not even a Christian according to 1 John 3:9. Since we've been together for a few years, we now have good discussions, and I believe some real learning.


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Adventures in Cachisagua

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Surprise! Sunday we drove to Cachisagua for our monthly visit with the church for the FLET bible program. When we arrived we found the community engaged in a funeral. Their response to us was, "Join us!" I appreciate the community culture because in an event like this, the whole community joins in to console the family in their loss. All other activities take second place. (They even cancelled the worship service.) So we joined in the procession up the mountain to the cemetery for the burial.

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Tuesday we returned to visit the school.

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God is giving us a wonderful relationship with the teachers!

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Faby and I gave our first talk with the students about ethics and morals.