16 de enero de 2014 Salasaca, Ecuador
Imanalla (imanaja)! Greetings from the Quichua-speaking community of Salasaca, Ecuador! Last Tuesday I landed in Quito, Ecuador and reunited with brothers and sisters I had met from my 2008 Youth Encounter tour with Kindred. It was a delight catching up on the last six years over warm caldos and tea. After a couple of days of getting used to the altitude (whoah 9,350ft high!), exploring the city by taxi, and attending a service at Iglesia Palabra y Verdad (one of the Lutheran churches in Ecuador) I was well on my way to Salasaca, Ecuador via pick-up truck.
While in Ecuador, I will be focusing on how Bible translation/interpretation and Bible study aids in the practice of storytelling within a faith community. In Salasaca, I am spending time with a team made up of American citizens and native Salasacans who are laboring to translate the New Testament into their local Quichua dialect. I am also spending my afternoons with kids at the local Compassion International school as they listen to recently translated Bible stories come to life in their classrooms…and of course, play soccer with them during recess! After my time in Salasaca, I will travel with leaders from the Lutheran Bible Institute in Guayaquil to Quichua Christian communities in Cañar and Chimborazo. I will also meet with leaders from Paz y Esperanza, a Christian human rights organization, before heading through Machala on the way to Peru for the next part of the journey.
Thank you for your prayers as I transition from my time in Guatemala to my time in Ecuador. Stay tuned for stories from Salasaca!
Diosbendiceachun (God Bless You),
It was such a joy to reunite with Pastor Roberto Chinchin (president of the Iglesia Evangélica Confesional Luterana de Ecuador) and his wife, Josefina, who were our hosts when I came to Ecuador with Kindred in 2008.
Enjoying yuca frita with peanut sauce and fresh pineapple juice after our soccer match.