Thursday, August 18, 2016

Overnight in Tiwaeno

With almost 200 communities in the area where we fly in Ecuador, it's easy for some of them to blend together in our minds.  I can't always see someone on the streets of Shell and know what community they are from, unless they are from Tiwaeno.  Over the years, as you've seen in the blog, we've taken hundreds of teams to Tiwaeno.  Add to that all of the medical flights, the conferences, the Williams family flights and a heap of others and it all boils down to the fact that Chad has probably flown there more than any other airstrip.  Over those years we've made some life-long friendships with these dear people and it hurts to say goodbye.  They invited our family in for a goodbye party and they sure made us feel special.  They even decorated the hut where we celebrated and had supper.  That doesn't sound like too big a deal, but for jungle folks to even think about decorating made us feel so loved.  We had a great time and will never forget it.  We are blessed to have these dear people as loved ones and to know that they are praying for us as a family brings tears to our eyes.

Olivia made bracelets for her girlfriends in Tiwaeno.  

Gary and Matusalén outside waiting for our departure

I don't think these girls ever stop laughing.  

What do you do when you don't have refrigeration....smoke it!

It was so great that Josiah's friend Jonny could join us.

Josiah & Jonny

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