Saturday, July 24, 2010

Chadpa Shuk Discurso Kichwapi...Chad's First Talk in Quichua!

Don't worry, he wasn't lost here...he was listening to a comment!! haha
Can you tell it's almost over? He is looking very relieved!!!

Hey! So...with tons of preparation, and a whole lot of holy spirit, Chad has conquered giving talks in yet another language! He sure can fake it never would have known he didn't really know everything he was saying!! But, really, he rocked it (and I am not just saying that because he's my Chad!!!) His first talk was the Bible highlights...he first wrote it in Spanish, then tried to translate what he could into Kichwa, and then one of the brothers in the congregation helped him finish it! He practiced, and practiced. The first time he went through it completely, it took him about 10 minutes! But, with practice he became very fluent sounding and had perfect timing. It was really good!

You never would have known that 2 minutes before going up on stage, he looked at me and asked, "Am I sweating droplets of blood yet?" haha Talk about nerves!!!! Just when Spanish was no longer so scary...oh well.

I took a video, but unfortunately I have tried like 10 times to put in on the blogsite and it won't do it!!!!! What a bummer!!! Many of you have wanted to know what the language is like...just wanted you to get the full experience...poncho and all!!!! I guess it wasn't meant to be....remind me when we are back for a visit, I can show the video to you then!

In other news, we have a busy few weeks ahead of us! This coming Wednesday, we have a special program for those in the Kichwa course. We are having 2 brief talks by the instructors, and then taking the class photo. Should be fun, because they are asking everyone to dress in native garb! So, I went with one of the bible students from the cong. this afternoon and bought mine. You should have seen the show! Any Kichwa-speaking person that passed by the store had to stop and stare at the "gringa" who was buying the clothes! They were all really nice, and helped me pick colors. Boy did they have grins on their faces! It was really funny! And for anyone who knows how much I LOVE attention....NOT!!!...It was an interesting experience! I will post pictures after Wednesday for you to see!!

Then, on Thursday, we leave for Guayaquil for the English DC...soooooo looking forward to that!!! Also, we did indeed find a house today that is really nice! It has 5 bedrooms and an office, 2 1/2 baths...boy, we sure do suffer here in Ecuador!! And the best part for Mark and Beth is, that it is only 2 blocks away from the KH!! So, anyway, we should be moving after the DC!

Busy, Busy, Busy...but that is what keeps us out of trouble!!!!


mominlebanon said...

How exciting! That brought tears to my eyes. You two are great, and I'd say that even if I weren't your mother!

Elizabeth in Ecuador said...

They are great aren't they Mominlebanon? Glad we have the chance to watch them shine over here!
Chad looks so cute in his little poncho - looking forward to seeing you Michele all dressed up in your native dress (especially the hairdo).

Karami Sisters said...

Hi Michele and Chad- You're blog is really great! So, my sister and I recently received info back from the Branch in support of the 12-VII visa. The only challenge is finding a place to rent while we're in the country. We think we could see ourselves serving in Cuenca. Do you know of anyone renting (toward the end of September)or could you point us in the right direction? We would really appreciate any info- Thanks so much!! PS- we will be learning Spanish :)

AJ and Jordanne said...

Way to go Chad!!! LOVE the poncho.

Can't wait to all be together at the D.C.!

Does Kichwa meet in our KH now?

Judy A said...

Isn't my baby boy so adorable?

mominlebanon said...

Let's hear it for the moms! I'm sure the dad's had nothing to do with it. Haha.

Aggidio - JoAnn said...

Great job Chad!! And yes the moms should be very proud (although I gagged a little with your comment Judy - just kidding haha!!). Love the poncho. :)

Happy Anniversary!!!

Deb n Doug said...

Congratulations Chad on another milestone! My first talk in Spanish was the hardest thing I'd ever done. You only get through it with Jehovah's help! I've been meaning to write you a nice long newsy email but just haven't done it but wanted to at least wish you a HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! And have a great time at your convention!

Michele said...

GO moms!!! Can't wait to see you all at the beach...oh I mean the pool!!!