So I kind of left our last blog on a cliffhanger. I have been getting many messages for people eager for the next installment. Sorry to make all of you wait so long, we have been gearing up for our return to the states. Now that everyone is nice and eager, hopefully this isn’t disappointing.
Serving in an unfamiliar place, with an unfamiliar language, and an unfamiliar culture can be difficult as many of you know. A nice vacation can be very refreshing, and in our case it was. But the following week we returned to Cuenca for an English Circuit Assembly. Elena and I have been serving in a foreign language so long sometime we forget how much we need our own language! The program was absolutely amazing, it’s amazing how Jehovah provides at the right time. The assembly really focused on the benefit of Gods word. Study and bible reading is a constant struggle for me, but this assembly really gave me some great ideas as to how to make this more enjoyable, and more regular.
We also really enjoyed seeing all the other need greaters here, and it was a reminder that we are not alone. There are so many others that have sacrificed so much to be in a place where they can spread the good news more fully. It’s a great shot in the arm to see them all, hear there talks and experiences, and interact with them during the intermission. We were privileged to meet several friends that had read our blog and been influenced by it, and were now here in Ecuador! Thanks so much to all of you that keep reading, and for the positive feedback. We plan to keep this blog going once back in the states, and have plans for future blogs, so stay tuned!
The lesson for us came in going to this assembly immediately after our vacation that was so refreshing. We found that after both these events, the most refreshing was having a spiritual feast in the language of our hearts. We work so hard to bring others the message in the language of their hearts, we forget how important it is that we all get fed occasionally in our language. Between theses two events we were ready for our final few months in Ecuador. After this it was hard to think of leaving, but the law is the law.