Woke up to another beautiful day!!! We had plans to attend the meeting in San Gabriel where we had served in the past. Turns out the congregation now has a group where most of the brothers we know attend, so attended there in Bolivar about 20 minutes south and 1.5 hours north of Ibarra. This region is higher in altitude, about 9,000 feet. Zulete (the day before) is an hour west, San Gabriel is 1.5 hours north and runs through a dry section and then gets lush and green again.
Due to taxi/bus problems we arrived about ½ way through the WT but caused quite a commotion when we entered. It was very heartwarming to be received with such enthusiasm. About 25 publishers attend here with attendance about 45 and 92 at last memorial (in a room about 18’ x 35’.
A few of the friends.
After the meeting we were faced with two invitations, the first by the brothers in Bolivar who planned to have a gathering with most of those who knew us. However, another brother had also come down from San Gabriel and wanted us to go there. So agreed to stay in Bolivar and then head up to San Gabriel for round two later.
About 25 of us had a wonderful time in the home below. Poor families can purchase land and put in a foundation, then the govertment will finish the home. Small, but better than most had before.
I had most of the those in attendance say a few words, a separate post to follow with videos. Some touching and some funny!!
We had a VERY SAD farewell, lots of tears all around!!!!!