Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Joy of July

I’ll Be Seeing You
Let’s be sentimental. Enjoy the pictures below, and see if some song doesn’t pop up regarding Cuenca, the people we meet, the experiences we’re having.  For us, the song “I’ll Be Seeing You” comes to mind.

"Cathedral bells were tolling 
And our hearts sang on
Was it the thrill of Cuenca
Or the April dawn?
Who knows if we shall meet again
But when the morning 
Chimes ring sweet again
                          I'll be seeing you
                  In the old familiar places
         That this heart of mine embraces..." 

Things couldn’t be sweeter to us right now, as we learn Spanish with 15 other Americans in our weekly class with Deke, our American teacher.  Wow, can he speak well!  And he’s SO patient with all of us. Sarah is also stretching us with daily Spanish lessons. We are eager to communicate with our many new friends in their language.
Our guest, Sarah Riddle is also having the time of her life.  She works each afternoon at Fundacion CLIF – a ministry for “after school” kids, whose parents are working or not available for them.  She is helping them with their homework and teaching English.  English Second Language is her major in college.  So her Cuenca summer is proving to already be most memorable.  For more information of how you could be involved, call us – we’d love to introduce you to Bolivar Ramon. CLIF also provides training for parents and business executives.

We were invited Monday to a July 4th celebration – American style. 

Yes, we had hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, baked beans…One of the ladies baked a cake, decorating it like the American flag. 

Wow – the cake was fabulous.  We invited our Ecuadorian friend, Diana who got “teary eyed,” as we sang “My Country Tis of Thee,” and then, “The Star Spangled Banner.”  We all talked about how we really do love our native USA and continue to pray for it.

Our weekly Bible Study is now covering Paul’s letter to the Colossians.  We’ve been so blessed to meet with this group each week.  Anyone is welcome to come.
Bill McDonald, CEO of Unsion Television invited us to come on a program last Friday to share our personal story of Gary’s proposal to me years ago.  This was such a neat experience for us, being on Spanish TV, yet only speaking English!  Fortunately Bill and his assistant, Tania interpreted for us! 

Did anyone go to Corpus Christi or what we call, "The Sugar Fest!"?  Tents and tents of goodies, sweets, surrounding the new Cathedral.

Here’s a short video clip of a bit of fun we are having with our new Ecuadorian, Pablo Lozano.  Pablo is a young musician, with a degree in music composition, and owns a small recording studio. He is worship leader at Bill McDonald’s new fellowship called “6:08.”   When it comes to games though, you’ll see how the competition kicks in.