01.18.2015 - 01.18.2015 50 °F
Headed to San Gabriel about 5 p.m. First stop was the KH where we used to attend (and sleep in on Saturday nights with our own private showed rigged up in one of the bathrooms. Before returning to the U.S. the brothers in my mothers congregation provided funds to complete the KH and have it dedicated and its still in great condition.
A few photos of San Gabriel.
We met a very dear friend, Ines Salazar and her husband. She was baptized shortly before we arrived to the congregation and was a super zealous pioneer, though her husband was not in the truth. His first contact with the brothers was a gathering we planned at their home for the whole congregation. It was thrilling to hear he’s now a ministerial servant and serves as regular pioneer also. He shows a lot of maturity for a brother only baptized for four years. The son we knew died in an accident, but they have two younger children now.
We had coffee and talked about old times. The brother then requested we accompany them to visit an isolated brother about 45 minutes away further up in the mountains at about 10,500 feet. The brother and his family were very excited for the visit. They live in a very humble home with block and cement floors and only a tarp for a roof. With the rain and cold of this altitude hard to imagine many don't suffer with respiratory illnesses as no heat; just a jacket....
Arrived back to San Gabriel about 9 p.m. and after waiting for 1.5 hours for a bus, they decided to take us back to Ibarra (a 1.5 hour trip each way). However, they had no gas. An hour later they had found two people willing to let the brother siphon off a gallon each and away we went. Back to Ibarra about 12:30 a.m. very tired but happy!!