The following is the first of a four part series. I (Chad) took so many pictures that I don't want to bore you to death on the first entry!
Earlier this year a water project engineer, Todd, (who is also a believer) talked to us about coming and sharing God's word with two Sapara villages where he had been working. The people had come to him and said they wanted to know more about Jesus. Todd asked if we might be interested in getting involved with the communities. One of our pilots took the ball and ran with it and got the rest of the hangar involved and excited as well. So every month or so we fly in and spend a night or two and work our way through a Bible series called "Firm Foundations". The course is designed to take an unbeliever through the entire Bible story and at the end challenge them with what they will do with this new found Jesus.
So a couple of weeks ago, it finally worked out for me to go and I was able to bring along several others to help. One of our pastors, Wilson, was able to come to teach and translate into Quichua. (The Sapara language is almost extinct and 99.9% of the group speak Quichua) Also, my good friend and Doctor from the HCJB mission hospital, Joe Martin was able to come to help teach and hold a mini clinic for the community. Last, but not least, a young seminary student named Jonathan was able to come as well.
We flew in on Thursday morning and spent most of the morning just getting settled and ready for the meetings in the afternoon. Not long after we arrived the folks found out that Joe was a doctor and brought us a boy with a pretty good gash on his toe. Joe was able to clean it out and give him some medicine to keep it from getting infected.
Shortly after treating the boy's foot we were brought a snack to hold us over until lunch. Can you guess what it is??
|Jonathan and Wilson|
|Doctor Joe working on the boys toe|
|Our mid-morning snack. Let's just say I'd rather have mine grilled.|
|It seems that in all of the villages the young girls are always toting around their little brother or sister. Masaramu is no different.|