It's Thursday and we're picked up by bus at 8 a.m. and arrive at our assigned KH by 8:30 a.m. The welcome was beyond our wildest dreams, the bus pulled up and there must have been 150 brothers waving, shouting, holding up banners/signs, etc. Patty was overcome with emotion and had to run inside, I just let the tears flow..... Gave hugs to all that I could get to. The brothers were truly excited and emotional to see us. Based on what we've heard plans have been in progress for almost two years so each arrangement is the culmination of much hard work and planning.
NOTE: It's hard to put into words the love and hospitality the brothers here have shown us, it goes beyond anything that could have been expected. Our new dear friends from Virginia (earlier post) have been to nine international assembly's and say they have never experienced anything that compares!! We've spoken to many others who have also attended other international assembly's and all are blown away by the love, hospitality and planning that has obviously went into this assembly. One example, on one of the tours delegates were taken to the old part of Quito to walk around. HOWEVER, at almost every corner there were a group of brothers waving, handing out gifts and holding up signs. What they thought was going to be a simple tour turned out to be an expression of love and hospitality none will soon forget.
Anyway, back to service day. To get an idea of the organization involved, each of us were given a badge with a number/letter (mine was 19b). When we got to the KH someone with 19a found me and he was my assigned partner. This same process took place for all 40 delegates. Arrived at KH and power went off, but within 10 minutes they had a generator up and running and meeting for service started. They even had brief spanish presentations printed up for those only speaking english. Finally, they had made up service folders for each of us and were fully stocked. Just another example of going far beyond what was required. Due to the great organization we were on our way to preach by 10 a.m. and preached for 1.5 hours. I preached with a brother who had only been baptized for four months.
Back to KH by 11:30 a.m. and on bus o place for lunch. Before we knew it we pulled up to a military base; yes a military base. After checking our paperwork they let us in and we were taken to a large banquet hall. Turns out a sister knew someone at the base and was able to obtain use for the gathering. A real banquet was prepared and it was obvious the brothers had not spared any expense or work to make everything perfect. We had a wonderful time and left about 3:30 p.m. Home to rest up a bit and then a bite to eat.
Welcome at Kingdom Hall.
Service folder each delegate was provided, each was different.
Patty and I preaching.
Gift based provided to each delegate at lunch.
Lunch. The fruit decorations were all done by a single sister, not a professional just wanted to do something special for us.
I'll post a few videos of the day tomorrow if I have a chance.