Rest and relaxation


Danilo came to Quito for an eye checkup. (We have known him and worked in his community for several years.) Friday, we picked him up from the bus stop and drove into Quito for the appointment. I assumed he would return to his community, Shobol Llinllin, Saturday morning. He decided to stay for Saturday. We took an outing to a bird preserve. In the afternoon, we led our weekly bible class for kids at Anibal's home.That night we played Rummi. Sunday, Danilo and his sister, Valeria, slept in. He had told me he wanted to leave around noon. At 1pm, we all decided to cook up a big lunch. He seemed reluctant to leave at 3pm. He confessed he had enjoyed a wonderful vacation from the stress of work and school. Nothing like a home and refuge for a weary friend.

A Refuge


Not one person in this photo has previously enjoyed a stable home with both parents. (Not even Faby.) Jorge and Vilma live with us.This is Vilma's family: her second husband, four children, and three grandchildren. (Plus her son's girlfriend.) They spent Sunday afternoon at our place celebrating Scarlet's 10th birthday. Two of Vilma's grandchildren are spending their vacations here at our house. They prefer staying here than at their own homes. Vilma's daughter is also living with us along with her son. He enjoys playing here with his cousin and uncle (5 year old). Our house has become a home and place of refuge and security for most of these folks. Our ministry to them is being an example of a couple sharing their home with others.
(Correction: Vilma's youngest, Neytan, 5 years old, is now enjoying a stable home.)

Update on Capulispungo


The pastor of Capulispungo, Antonio, dropped by on Sunday. He was visiting some of his folks from Capulispungo. Usually he stays with his oldest daughter, Ester, but she, along with her husband and children, have migrated to New York. So he told me a while back that he would need a place to stay. Glad to see him after some time. We got caught up on each other. Capulispungo no longer has youth or children. All have left the community. Andy, Ester's son, had attended my bible classes for children for over a year, both presencial and virtual. I was anxious to "see" them and since his grandfather was with me, we gave them a call. I was able to talk to Ester, her husband, Marcelo, and Andy. They're fine, but I could tell they were lonely. Not easy to migrate to the US. Since they have no papers, they cannot be employed. They can only do temporary jobs that pay cash. The conversation woke me up to their reality. But there's no turning back. They have to stay and work til they can pay off their debts here in Ecuador.
After the call, Antonio and I talked about the future of Capulispungo. Most have turned to raising cows and selling the milk. They really need to process their own milk, but the older folk have habits hard to break, and they're content with just selling the milk to the truck that passes by daily. Youth have energy and ideas, but they don't want to stay in the community. For them, their future is elsewhere.
Many folks and institutions want to help these communities, but it's not easy. They will have to decide to change, if they want a new future.



KIds: Since school is out, some of the kids are on vacation, visiting their relatives in other regions. So we only had three this Saturday. Still, those who come are eager to do so. We continue with the bible lessons: the 12 tribes of Israel.
Faby: Still struggling with the headaches, although they are not so frequent. Physical therapy seems to help a lot. We continue trying to learn the correct exercises.

Teaching methods

I maintain that learning needs to be active. Listening to someone talk is the least effective method. Planning the activities is the burden of the teacher. I continually pray for creativeness and effectiveness. The computer and printer are my main tools for now. This lesson on God's covenant with Abraham. I thought went over pretty well. We read Genesis 15 together. They tried to count stars I had printed on one sheet. Then we ripped three printouts of animals in half and passed a lit candle through the middle. The next sheet had questions with the answers in a word search. Finally they colored the two scenes of Abraham counting the stars and the fire passing through the animals. I think I enjoyed preparing the class as much as they enjoyed the paper work.