Things are moving forward with Wheaton preparations; we got assigned the only available three bedroom house on campus (praise God) and have someone picking us up at the airport and somewhere to stay for 10 days before classes start. We have visa interviews on Friday (please pray) and still haven’t bought flights yet, or sorted out childcare (which is dependent on visas for Alfredo’s mum and sister).
The big event of May was the Bermudez joint wedding… Alfredo’s Aunt Loida (who lives close to us in Puyo) got married to Ney and her daughter Daniella had her church wedding with Renato. The reception was at Loida and Ney’s farm, where they had turned an old barn into a big reception area and a hundred family members descended on Puyo for the long weekend. Camila threw her rose petals beautifully and Benjamin almost fell asleep standing to attention waiting for the moment when he had to present the rings.
The office has been busy with training for the Pikes and Henrichs, trips to Centro Yuu and Washintsa for construction work and the arrival of Alex Weir to take over as community development director. Tomorrow the summer interns arrive in Quito and get to Shell to work with us on Sunday.
I took my engineering students to the ex-HCJB hydroelectric plants at Papallacta, a nice combination of my two jobs!
We’ve been saying goodbye to neighbours and friends in Shell as the summer starts and missionaries leave… a sad-part of the transitory missionary lifestyle! The next goodbye will be to us as we start packing up house ready for our study leave.
The football team just qualified for the second round, coming in 12th, but with many of the players leaving or too busy to play the team will struggle for goals or wins.