Wednesday, 26 June 2013

2013 Convention...



We've just enjoyed our DC.  The program was fantastic, it went by so quickly, before we knew it, it was over.... As you would have noticed the program has many many symposiums, it moves at a very fast pace.  We are also happy to announce one of our studies was baptized over the weekend.... There was 24 from our part of the circuit that got baptized, 4 from our Cong. There will be a total of 9 DC held in Cuenca to cover the two districts here, we were the third in the series of 9, and so far over 50 have been baptized.... We were kept very busy through the convention, Jeremy was asked to look after the sound department so I didn't spend any of the convention with him, apart from the brief moments at lunch... We had another study come to the convention for the first time in more than 15 years and we were also helping out with one of the babies in our Cong... The dramas are great, the brothers and sisters did so well.  There was two experiences that really stood out to us... I'm happy to share them with you as I'm sure you will have different experiences when you have your DC...


Both were from two sisters, one sister has been loyally serving Jehovah despite all the tribulations she's had to face. Her husband was disfellowshipped and shortly after she suffered a brain hemorrhage that cause her to be in a coma for 16 days, when she woke up she was paralyzed. She had lost complete movement ...She was unable even to speak... Her family not being in the truth didn't look after her but her congregation was quick to step in and take care of her... They helped her with rehab, speech therapy, they showered her and fed her... She mentions how scared and alone she had felt through out that time but how her brothers and sisters had stepped in, she could see Jehovah's loving care through them.  Eventually she regained movement in her legs and arms and learned to speak again, all thanks to the love and support she had been shown by the congregation she belonged to.... We were encouraged to look for ways to be used by Jehovah as tools for him to show his love for our fellow brothers and sisters... It was truly remarkable the joy this sister expressed despite all she had been through.


The other experience was from an older sister who was one of the first to come into the truth in Cuenca.  She mentioned how hard the preaching work had been when it just got started.  There had only been 8 Witnesses at that time and although much effort was made to help people come to know the truth it took them 4 years for one study to get baptized. She said people here back then were very hostile and unkind, wouldn't even let them rent a place for the meetings so they had to buy land and build a Kingdom Hall themselves.  After the Hall was built, people started to come, and the truth grew quickly, she has seen how Jehovah has speed things up.





Another memorable event happened while we were in my families rural territory... We were helping them out for their campaign... It had been raining for days... And all the roads were very muddy... So muddy in fact our car got stuck in the mud... The more we tried to get it out the more it got stuck... The good news was that further up this little dirt road a big truck had fallen into the same muddy trap... They were heading to a big infrastructure the Gov is building so they had called a tractor looking thing to come and pull them out.  I've never seen one of these things before or how they work, it was like a transformer. No joke!  It pulled the truck out without a glitch... So we kindly asked them if they could do the same for us... And for a small fee they helped us get out too... Here are some photos. Haha






















There was an announcement at our meeting a couple of weeks ago, Ecuador has began to do congregation rural trips to areas that are unassigned or hardy worked. So we are hoping to arrange a rural trip in our Cong... Should be very different to the ones we did back home, so it looks like we may be heading to the jungle. Hahaha we'll keep you updated with where we end up, though it won't be most likely till Nov/Dec.

Marcos my little brother is almost a third of the way though year 11. It hasn't been easy for him to study online.  It requires a good schedule for him to get all his school work done, including assessments and exams and to also reach his pioneering hours... But his doing well and is almost done for the year. ...

We finally met Hollie, (Hollie arrived at our old Cong the week we were leaving) she came over for morning tea, I tried to make scones, but it took two batches for them to look anything like scones... We have a gas oven and I don't think the temperature gage works very well, so most of the time we have to guess the temperature...  oh well at least they were eatable... Though we've never met, it was nice to talk to someone who knew all the brothers and sisters from our old Cong and share stories... ("then I heard a big boooom... I was so scared") - you guys know what I'm talking about right??..hahaha...

Our internet has been playing up a lot lately... we're constantly getting technicians in to fix it, but it runs ok for a few days and then goes back down... hopefully it will get sorted soon.

We're so excited about the upcoming English Assembly in Guyaquil.  We're hoping to take a few weeks to travel the coast and head back through Quito (to visit the family), hoping to take the train up to Cotopaxi and then heading to Baños de Ambato.  Can't wait for another one of those amazing ceviches in the coast and the massages in Baños... We're looking forward to hearing the DC again especially in English...

A few weeks ago we held a high tea for the sisters in our Cong.... They've never done anything like that here, so we had to explain it in the invitations, we spent most of the weekend cooking finger food and the sisters also helped out, at the shops we found spring rolls and sweet and sour sauce, they've never tried them before but it was a hit with everyone.  We had a really good afternoon together, they all told their stories of how they came into the truth, the majority came into the truth at a great cost, family persecution was a major reason.  Many of them suffered cruel treatment, even loosing their family in the process but years later they still remain loyal and though many still hurt when they told us what they went through for the truth, they have a strong sense of relief when they remember Jehovah is not unjust as to forget what they've left behind...It was nice getting to know our sisters more and feel so much appreciation for their faith, though many are young in the truth, they're a great example for us to imitate. Of course a High Tea in Ecuador wouldn't be complete without dancing, and danced we did... haha


This has been a long blog, there's still much more to say.... but it'll have to wait till next time....
xoxox
Baby Emilia