My latest favorite hummingbird picture!
La Catedral de Zipaquira - a subterranean church built in an old salt mine.
It is an amazing architectural wonder built where salt was mined years ago by the miners.
The view from the hillside above school
Tao is the South American version of horseshoes with the closest thing we have to Georgia red clay!
Ecuador - 2008
We are continuing to work with our projects in Ecuador. We have three mission church starts and a program for kids living in the streets that we work with continually. In Cheka, we have been able to provide some funds so they can start on the first floor of a church building. Like everywhere else, costs of construction materials continue to increase so we are always looking for donations to continue growing God's kingdom.
Inside the cathedral at Zipaquira are various chapels and passageways.
You can see salt "flows" on the walls in various places and the caverns are large enough that you won't get clastrophobic.
The parrots like to look from a distance but I can't get them to the balcony!
May continued with the daily rains and we have determined that there is only one season here, rainy. Fortunately, the weekends seem to get a reprieve and the worst of the rain is at night. We saw something we had never seen before on Mother's Day and that was a Mariachi band at church! They had the usual flowers, poems read by kids, and message to moms, but then up the aisle came the Mariachi band and they played Christian music with a Mariachi beat for the rest of the service. It was definitely a new twist on Mother's Day!
We are still finishing up at school and will be there until the 27th of June. Our summer plans are just to see what happens and what opportunities come up. It's funny when Steve and I travel separately at the airports because they all know him now and when I show up without him they will say, "Oh, you're with Mr. Carpenter!"
Steve had to prove that it really was salt! (it is!)
We got to visit Bogota for a weekend in May and went to visit the famous Catedral de Zipaquira. It took about an hour and a half to meander through the caverns and passageways and see the various altars set up and built in stone by the miners. When the mines were mined out of the salt, the miners wanted to do something with the mines and came up with the idea of a place people could visit and enjoy. Today, they have weddings and concerts in the main chapel.
You can see a huge "waterfall" of salt behind me in the Cathedral
Our school campus at Gimnasio Ingles
The view overlooking Armenia (when it isn't raining!)
You can't have too many hummingbird pictures
We will be in Ecuador this summer to check on our projects and working with our church in Armenia on finishing the construction on their children's area. The kids now are all crowded in one row that has outer walls but no electricity, facilities, or interior walls. We will keep you informed of what God has going on in our part of South America!
Cathy and Steve
Prayer and Praise
- the funding for our church planting projects in Ecuador
- team building and partners with our mission friend in an area of conflict in the world
- Steve's job situation to be defined so we can make general plans for the future
- stability for the country and guidance for the leaders of Ecuador, Colombia, and Venezula
- traveling safety for Steve as he is working throughout South and Central America and Mexico
- continued success in obtaining the paperwork necessary for the church to own the donated land
- more opportunities to support God's work and people here in Colombia
- the other foreign teachers at our school for health and opportunities to share
- unsaved people
- children living in the streets and at risk around the world for safety, love, and hope
- a local church and small group that we can get plugged into and be a part of
- continued good health and okay financial situation
- the opportunity for Steve to return to the states and share with more churches about our mission
- our used car is still running with minimal effort
- answered prayers for our small group and continued blessings in our lives
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