Wednesday, 10 October 2012

October praise and prayers

We survived September! I finished my TEFL course and got the community development budgets presented in Quito and the family survived without me in Shell… they were very happy to see me return! 

We celebrated Benjamin’s 4th birthday in Quito with the family and then in Shell with some local children. 

A big praise, Alfredo passed his TOEFL English test with enough points for us to apply to Wheaton College, USA and UK universities. Now we have to get paperwork ready for the Nov 1st deadline and I have to take the graduate exam (GRE) this month. 

As a reward for looking after the children, Alfredo got a trip to peru and he is there as I write. He has gone with Eric and Adeline to Iquitos to learn about water missions filters (Wim was sick so had to stay home this trip). They’ll be gone for a week.

The team has another trip planned for the end of the month to Texas for well-drilling training. Alfredo is still short £800 to cover this trip, so if you’d like to help out, please contact me or give on line at

I am back at the university and have a new challenge with teaching an engineering course, in Spanish, this term. I am teaching greener production this term and renewable energy next term, so if anyone has good resources/websites etc. let me know!

We again had a visit from the ‘Safe Water in Ecuador’ team from Michigan. They visited projects in the jungle and mountains and have committed to help raise funds for this coming year. Alfredo had a good meeting with officials from a different local government that covers the area where the Waorani live (other tribal group), and there is the possibility for funding for Tzapino water project and future communities.

Praise and prayers:
Praise for Alfredo’s good English results. Pray for my GRE test, for meeting application deadlines.
Praise for funds for Peru trip, pray for Alfredo’s travel plans, (Peru and USA) and funds for Texas.
Praise for Arajuno Municipio contact and pray for successful funding for Tzapino project.
Praise for completion of the TEFL course and pray as I apply all I learnt in the university.
Praise that Adeline arrived safely and pray that her time here will be good preparation for Africa.