Service continues to be a source of joy for us! This past Saturday one of the sisters asked us to go with her on a RV that she had started with a young girl (about 14). She wanted us to start the study with the parents...So, in typical Ecuadorian style, we come walking up to the development and see the sister in the car, but she also has another sister and her 14 year old daughter with her. So, they ALL get out of the car! We walk up to the door and there are all 5 of us standing there! Talk about uncomfortable! Anyway, the grandmother invites us in, so we all pile into the living room! Come to find out, that the daughter SAID the parents would like to study, no one has actually spoken to them yet! But, here we are in their living room! They were in the middle of eating breakfast and were in their PJ's, but the mom said, "Just one minute and I will be right back down" She went upstairs to change. When the parents come back down, the sister just looks at Chad and says, "OK, go ahead!" UNCOMFORTABLE!!!! But, Chad did fine, and they do indeed want to study the Bible. So, one of the sisters went off into another room with one of the daughters, and the other sister went into another room with the other daughter, and we started the study with the parents. They are sooo sweet (and surprisingly normal) haha. I know it sounds bad, but you all know what I mean! Most people that study today have so many problems and issues....So, we had a wonderful study with them and look forward to going back next Sunday!
Chad also passed a big hurdle on Saturday. He gave his first public talk in spanish here in Ecuador! He did really well. It was the outline "Should Christians Observe the Sabbath?" He had given it quite a few times in English in the past, but this was his first time in Spanish with this outline! WHEW! He is glad that is over! But he did really well, especially considering there was an attendance of 183! I can't imagine looking out into such a huge audience and not fainting!!! haha
And now about "Scrappy"! One day I was getting ready for service in the morning and I hear this dog screaming!!! So, I look out the window, and here a SUV had run over the back end of this little black dog! I even heard a crunch! I was HORRIFIED to say the least! And so there sits this dog in the road, basically pleading for someone to help him to get onto the sidewalk. I couldn't watch anymore and we had to leave for service...but the whole day I just couldn't stop thinking about him! When we got back, he was gone, but each day I would keep my eyes open for him! Two days later, we were walking home from service and we found him about 2 blocks away at a construction site...I was so happy to see him, although he wasn't really walking and he was very skittish! So, the whole family, Mark, Beth, Chad and I decided that we would bring him some food! I put together a little video so that you could meet Scrappy!!!.....
Anyway, we are pretty sure that the construction workers were also taking care of him. So, eventually we think he regained the strength to hobble along like 60% of the other dogs here in Cuenca!! But, I can imagine it was quite a sight to see 4 gringos, carrying a plate of food each night to go and visit this dog! What the neighbors must have thought!
Anyway, that is some of the news here in Cuenca. I will try to get back on track with the blog! We miss you all and hope things are going well!