Arrival in Ecuador- Part 1: The Branch

We flew to Ecuador on Tuesday August 30th. From the very beginning we saw Jehovahs direction. On the plane, we overheard a conversation in the seats in front of us between a young Ecuadorian girl, and a “Gringo” girl. Turns out the gringo girl was a witness from Florida on her way to visit her fiancé in Ecuador! She was very nice, and helped us navigate through the airport, as she had visited many times before. We later saw her and her fiancé at the English district convention. Turns out we she was not the only other Witness on the plane! We overheard another conversation a few rows back between some other folks. There was a whole family of Witness’s from Chicago. We later ran into them at the branch, and the English District Convention! We’ll share some pictures later on.

Arrival at the airport in Guayaquil was smooth, although our flight was held up a few hours in Miami, we eventually met up with a couple that the branch had sent to pick us up. They had been waiting a few hours for us. The sister spoke good English, and gave us some good advice as we learn Spanish. She said as we learn we will give people comic relief, and we will learn humility. We have already found this to be true.

The next day (Wednesday) we had the privilege of attending morning worship, although our understanding was extremely limited, we thoroughly enjoyed it! We then took a tour in English from a  Sister named Marie, her husband Kenny is involved in sign language translation at the branch, and we had been emailing him about our move here. Marie made the comment that she was extremely surprised the we got in to stay at the branch, and that it is normally very difficult to get in that week because of all the visiting Missionaries, Special Pioneers, and Traveling Overseers, coming to go to the English District Convention. With that in mind, we deemed it quite a privilege to stay there, and another sign that Jehovah wanted us here. The Branch is small, but very beautiful, and the brothers and sisters were all very friendly.

A view of the Branch

A view of the Branch

Another Branch Picure

Another Branch Picture

Us with the couple that picked us up from the airport

Sign Language Translation Dept

Sign Language Translation Dept

After the tour Bétsabe the receptionist, told us that her husband wanted to meet with us. His name was Fernando, and he worked in the Service Department. Although there was a language barrier, Fernando was extremely helpful, and very loving! We got some great advice that we will bear in mind for our future service here. After lunch, we got to meet briefly with our Sign Language Circuit Overseer Brother Dirk Pillasch, who happend to be at T.O. school at the branch. We got some more great advice as we approach our new assignment.

Fernando

Fernando

Wednesday afternoon, we got a ride into Guayaquil by a sister that ran a business giving tourists a ride to the sites. Guayaquil is a large city (about 3 million people) She took us to the Malecon, or Boardwalk, the Parque de Iguana’s, and a small Historic District. That evening after dinner, we took a small hike with Kenny and Marie at the branch where we could oversee the property.

I almost stepped on this guy!

I almost stepped on this guy!

Parque De Iguanas in Centro Guayaquil

Parque De Iguanas in Centro Guayaquil

A sculpture on the Malecon

A sculpture on the Malecon

Another sculpture on the Malecon

A monument on the Malecon

A Video A ride into “Los Pisos”

"Los Pisos"

“Los Pisos”

a new building in Guayaquil

A new building in Guayaquil

A cool Land Cruiser I saw

A cool Land Cruiser I saw

A view of the Branch

A view of the Branch

Kenny and Marie

Kenny and Marie

On Thursday morning we again got a chance to to attend morning worship, and even though we checked out of the branch in the morning, we got a chance to go to lunch again. By the way, all the food was fantastic! Later that day we moved to the house we would be staying at during the English Convention.

A soup dish with a ball made out of Plantains, with some kind of meat, and a cornmeal dish. Yum!

A soup dish with a ball made out of Plantains, with some kind of meat, and a cornmeal dish. Yum!

Elena Enjoyed it!

Elena Enjoyed it!

Our first two days were a whirlwind, and extremely exhausting, but we met some great people, and just kept thinking how clear it was that Jehovah had moved us here to Ecuador!

Exhausted

Exhausted!!

Next up, The English District Convention….

20 thoughts on “Arrival in Ecuador- Part 1: The Branch

    • We got a chance to meet sister McDaniels. She was very nice! quite a character. Brother McDaniels gave a talk on the assembly, but we didn’t get a chance to meet him. We’ll have a post about the assembly up in a fews days with pictures of the family we meant in chicago. Thanks to all you guys for checking in!

      • Yes! Nola is quite a character!….is she still feisty? 😃
        We’re so glad that you & the Prisco’s have blogs so we “oldsters” can live vicariously through your wonderful
        experiences your all having. 😄😄
        It’s so wonderful to see Jehovah’s work being done all over the world and hearing about it firsthand!
        We know your “super” busy but thanks so much for taking the time to keep us all posted!
        Take care,
        ❤❤❤
        Chris & Franz (alias George) 😄

  1. So nice! You seem we’ll taken care of already! Thank you for the update! We’ve been checking everyday wondering how y’all were getting along, knowing Jehovah has been taking care of you but so nice to hear the details! Love you both!
    Fulchers 🙂

  2. Absolutely so excited for the two of you. Elena, you look beautiful even though you were exhausted. You know how much we miss you, but are VERY PROUD parents. You seem to be meeting the challenges just fine, and enjoying your new culture. Love the pics. Of course we know Jehovah is with you. Love, Mom and Dad

  3. I was so excited to see you filled us in! I checked your blog everyday after you left and of course when I stopped checking you post your life!! It looks amazing and how awesome to see Jehovah’s hand in this journey. I can’t wait to see your apartment and I need an address when you get it. This is my first visit to a blog! Yeah me! So, Lala, I went to get my hair cut and walked out two different times! I finally but the bullet and got it done yesterday. I scared that poor girl to death! It looks fine but its not spectacular by any means. You have ruined me Lala, just ruined me! Avery told the girl who did hers “we’ll its ok but not like Lala does it”. What a diva! Love you guys and everyone says hi!

  4. Hiiiii! I was wondering where you were. I couldn’t get a hold of you for nothing. Very excited to see this up and running. I hope you finally got to sleep some….. and all the other stuff, 🙂 now that you are in Ecuador. I love the pics. So wonderful that you were able to be with your brothers and sisters even before you got there. What a comfort on a brave journey. Glad you didn’t step on the cute little lizard. Can’t wait to hear about the convention.
    Miss you you like crazy. Love you guys.

  5. So glad to hear that everything is starting out so well. We miss you guys but are so excited for you to experience the extent of Jehovah’s hand in service to him. It’s amazing how he takes care of us when fully rely on him and “get our feet wet”. Enjoy the adventure can’t wait to read all about it.
    Love you guys!

  6. Hi Elena and Jeremy!! Greatest to hear from you guys!! These pictures are really awesome and I’m glad you two learn the experience but Jehovah have blessing you two.. I terribly really miss you guys so much but everyday I checked your blog and I was too exciting. It wonderful that you get to meet brothers, sisters and enjoy learn about them. Keep up a great service with Jehovah.. I LOVE YOU, JEREMY AND ELENA(LALA) 🙂

  7. YAY!!! You made it and the adventure has begun in earnest. We’re so excited to SEE you both in pictures & SEE where you are. Thank you so much for sharing this with all of us. It is truly marvelous to experience the global brotherhood & to see Jehovah’s hand in things. We are looking forward to being “armchair spiritual adventurers” with you both.
    Love you both
    Feldmans

  8. Elena and Jeremy,
    Henry and I are so very proud of you and are seeing the hand of Jehovah is this work you are undertaking. Although we miss you everyday we know that Jehovah’s family is taking really good care of you. Please get some rest and continue to fill us in on all youre doing! We love you!!

  9. So happy to hear that you guys arrived safely, and are having a truly amazing time 🙂 I was checking the site nearly everyday, wondering how things were going for you. I bet each day for you guys has been a mind-blowing adventure! You both look so happy in your pictures, and it makes me smile to look at them 🙂 I am very proud of you. I will be keeping you in my prayers 🙂 I know that Jehovah is, and will continue, to take care of you, and make sure that you have the very best of experiences.

  10. I have just finished reading all of your blog. I wish you could teach me how to set one up as beautiful as this one is. When I move to Ecuador I too would like to share my experiences so that friends and family can be encouraged by the great experiences that I know I will enjoy. Thank you so much for your encouraging experiences. They have made my commitment to move to a foreign land that much stronger. 🙂

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