August 9, 2017
Dear Family and Friends,
Three years ago we brought our oldest grandson, Landon, down to Ecuador to experience mission work in another country and now it was his brother Casten’s turn (14). It’s been over three weeks since Richard, our grandson, Cas, and I departed from Denver enroute to Ecuador via Houston. The anticipation mounted as we spent three days in the Houston Airport attempting to get on the daily flight to Quito. (“Uno” and ‘Panda Express’ kept Cas smiling over those three days.)
Fast forward to our first day at Buen Samaritano Clinic and Buen Samaritano Water. Cas’s major concern was not knowing Spanish and his inability to wash bottles as fast at the ‘water guys’. And by day three Cas and the ‘water guys’ were having fun conversations via their cell phone translators. . . and washing bottles as fast as the ‘water guys’ was no longer an issue!
By the end of that first week Cas had played soccer with the church kids, went to dinner at Pastor Meza’s, went to Youth Group, the ‘water guys’ took him to dinner and the youth came and taught him new rules for “Uno” and surprised him with a special farewell . . . Now why do I tell you these details? Because as we left Buen Samaritano I asked Cas if knowing Spanish ended up being a big problem and he just laughed, “Not really, Grandma.”
My point? By World comparison, we Americans probably have more individuals seeking help from psychiatrists and psychologists to unravel verbal communication problems . . . as a psychiatric nurse I am looking back at ‘problems’. . . often not an issue of spoken words but where those words originate . . . the heart and it’s condition. “Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23 “A sound heart is life to the body,. . .” Proverbs 14:30a And, succinctly stated: “. . . For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” Matthew 12:34b (Please do not misinterpret what I am saying; there are mental health issues as Biblically described and that I have worked with that are beyond the heart.)
Our 4 day mini-trip to the jungle was relaxing, miles of jungle hiking, visiting a wild animal preserve and the homes of primitive tribes and their natural medicines. Cas was brave enough to put his hand in a ‘termite home’ and when they totally covered his hands he then rubbed his hands together and a natural ‘fragrance’ of insect repellant occurred… Amazing! God’s creation never ceases to awe me!!
Traveling to and from the SuizoJungle Lodge located on the Napo River.
And before I close I do want to share that Diana Garcia is now funded through December of this year. Our sincerest thanks for those of you praying and donating for her university education. . . She and her dad send their humble gratitude. And of course, we will continue to seek funding.
Dios los bendiga,
*Thanksgiving for Hermano Byron, our night guard who leaves to pastor a church in Esmeraldas. He will be dearly missed. He was faithfully with us for three years.
*Thanksgiving for Hermano Rodrigo Reyes, our new ‘water guy’ who will replace Hermano Carlos who moves to the night guard position until he is given the date to start the police academy. (Yes, the ‘clinic family’ is very close and it feels like sending a child off to their first year of college when one leaves . . . But, it is as He planned.)
*I continually forget to say “THANK YOU” for supplying the clinic’s patient waiting area with gratis Bibles. . . It is a joy to walk through and see someone reading one of these Bibles. . . They usually ask me, “Can I really have this?
*God’s blessing and direction for the three Wheelchair Program leaders, Hermanas Liseth, Sonya and Sandra.
*As we move into fall and multiple fundraisers/bazzars may our focus to be on Him.
Richard and Elizabeth <><