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Day 13 - Whitewater rafting in the jungles of Ecuador

sunny 80 °F

Headed out about 8:30 a.m. and had a wonderful trip down the Jatunyaku, meaning "Big Water". Decided to take the trip in inflatable kayaks as supposed to be more exciting. Scenery was beautiful!!!!


Home by 3:30 p.m. and short nap and laundry. Decided to attend meeting so headed out to get dinner first. Two examples of how the world really is small among Jehovah's people.

1. On Sunday of the assembly a mother approached me with a request. A delegate from Michigan had delivered to her son , 6 years old, a letter from a little boy in their congregation, also six years old. The point was to have a penpal. However, the letter had nothing indicating how to contact the little boy in Michigan; letter only said, in Spanish, "My name is Eric and I'm 6 years old". The six year old Ecuadorean brother had wrote a letter and prepared a little gift package for the little boy in Michigan and the mother wanted me to get the letter/package to him.....


I accepted the assignment, not knowing how I was going to track down the delegate who brought.... Spent two hours at the assembly walking up and down asking delegates if they knew of another delegate from Michigan and walking with the letter opened up held to my chest, but nothing..... THEN last night here in Tena, a six hour bus ride from Quito, we enter a restaurant to eat before the meeting and I overhear someone using the expression "brothers". Turns out they were JW's and one of the couples were delegates from Michigan..... YEP, they knew the delegates who had brought the letters. ASSIGNMENT SOLVED, now I just need to mail to the couple once we get home.

2. After the meeting a sister came up and Patty said "you look familiar". The sister asked "Is your name Pascale?". They both recognized each other then and starting jumping up and down and screaming. Turn out this sister along with her family (mother, father, two other sisters and a younger brother) had lived in SAN GABRIEL ( a small town north in the country) when we served there. The sister was the oldest daughter and she recalled that Pascale used to help her with her English assignments for school. What does she do now? Teaches English to support her pioneering!!!!!!! Illustrates how little gestures can have a big impact. The family had left San Gabriel before we did and moved to Quito for 14 years and are now in Tena for two years (a full 11 hours from San Gabriel where we knew them). We ended up talking with the family (minus the father who is no longer in truth) for over an hour and they invited us over for dinner on Thursday.


The world really is small within God's organization!!!!!!

On the meeting tonight the instructions indicated a video should be shown (Caleb series). I saw no equipment and so wondered how it would be handled. Turns out no need for fancy equipment, nothing needed but a microphone and a 7" tablet.

On a sad note, I've developed a very bad cough and may have bronchitis, HOPE NOT!!!

Posted by dypphelan 08:12 Archived in Ecuador

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White water Rafting is an awesome thing! I would love to go again!

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