Gracias a Dios — thanks be to God — we have returned to Ecuador for our third year of two-way mission!
In early December, our plans to travel from Goshen to Quito at year’s end were thwarted by unexpected news: Jerrell was diagnosed with melanoma on his right ear. People began praying for us within minutes, and with the help of a skilled surgeon the lesion was removed while the cancer was still in an early stage. No further treatment was necessary, and our family flew south on February 1.
After spending several days with members of Mennonite Mission Network team and the leaders of Quito Mennonite Church in the nation’s capital, we loaded our four-wheel drive and traveled east over the Andes, descending to our home base in rain forest town of Tena. What a joy to be back at work among our friends and neighbors … here are some photos from the first few days.
Jane and Naomi on our first day in Quito
We were hosted for several nights by Peter and Delicia Wiggington Bravo
Teresa with Aliyah, Delicia and Peter’s daughter
Peter and Delicia are coordinators of the Mennonite Mission Network Ecuador Partnership
The car is packed –we’re ready to travel to the rain forest
Crossing the river near our home base
Unpacking the car
Carrying our luggage up the hill
Heavy, but strong
The house where we stay while in Tena
The view is still the same
Saying Hi to one of the locals
Getting to work — home school continues whether in the north or south
A visit from neighbors
Scrambling to the edge of the farm
Change happens quickly
The trail near the farm has become a road
This view of the landscape has changed dramatically
More neighbors share a place at our table
Jane reads a story
Naomi and two friends play with the new puppy that lives on the farm
Jerrell and Jordan with some other friends
Thanks for visiting!
Meanwhile, this is the 57th anniversary of Napo Province
The province is celebrating with a parade
Waoranis from a distant part of the rain forest perform a traditional dance at a festival the next day
Back on the farm
Time to explore
The forest … and the trees