Blimey, already 13th November! Had you noticed that I hadn’t written yet? Well… Alfredo went to Texas, USA with the office boys for a well-drilling camp (and some tourism) and I did my back in on the first morning of the long holiday weekend and have been suffering since! Alfredo (and all the goodies) are now back in Shell and my back is almost better.
October… Alfredo travelled twice out of the country, to Peru and to the USA.
The Peru trip to visit some Water Missions filters in Iquitos. They didn’t stop travelling for the whole trip as after three days travelling to Iquitos, they then got in a boat to see the projects up the Amazon river . Alfredo was impressed how developed the jungle communities were along the river, with electricity and concrete walkways (but no longer many trees!).
The trip to the USA was part of HCJB Healthcare’s vision of Shell being a training centre for preparing professionals in bio-vocational missions. But first we have to have trained staff! As Wim and Alfredo have never been to America (at least not out of an airport) they took 3 extra days and with Eric as their guide, were shown the highlights of Texas: The Alamo, a big aircraft carrier, BBQ, Walmart, shooting, golf, and typically for the road engineer, Alfredo returned with lots of photos of the huge flyovers on the motorways!
While Alf was in Peru, I drove to Chimborazo province for the inauguration of the water system in Capulis Pungo. The kids quickly made friends with the local Quichua children and I received my first poncho for being the CD director and we ate lots of guinea pig (and I still have an extra in my freezer!) The day was a beautiful recognition of the hard work of the community to build their water system and God was given the glory in songs, dances and speeches.
I took the GRE test (entry test for US Graduate School) and we got our Wheaton scholarship applications in on time.
We celebrate Camila’s 2nd birthday this Saturday (17th).
Alfredo has just driven Adeline and Tannia into Makuma. Who would have imagined 8 years ago when I started working in Makuma and had to fly in all the materials and walk 5 hours that you’d be able to drive in! Pray for them as the visit Kiim and Mutints.
Praise for good trips to Peru and USA. Pray for this month’s travelling to Tzapino, Centro Yuu and Iniayua.
Praise that we made toffee apples with Adeline for Bonfire night (it was raining so we couldn’t burn anything). Pray that Adeline can learn all she needs for Africa while she is here.
A great YouTube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfDit6g_QpY … and write to us if you’d like to give the gift of water for Christmas.
Please don’t use the Apartado postal address but send letters/packages to Hospital Vozandes del Oriente, Shell, Pastaza, Ecuador.
Thank you for keeping us in your prayers
Alex and Alfredo, Benjamin and Camila