Friday, September 08, 2006

Gulliver's Travels

I'm starting off with another picture from Guayaquil. This one is of the lighthouse that is at the top of Santa Ana hill. The flag there on the left is the Ecuadorian flag and the light blue on the right is for Guayas Province. Christine is standing with another friend/colleague, Barbara who has been working in Guayaquil for 20 years. She showed us around and we had a nice time with her.
The next two pictures are from a place near El Quinche where a house church meets. The only problem is that the ceiling is a bit low in the house. As you can see, I have to crouch down a bit or just hope that we sit down. Most houses don't have ceilings this low but just wanted to share this with you all. See, being tall does not always have advantages. In both pictures, I am standing with Ramon who owns the house here and has been involved in this house church for 2 years. I've posted other pictures from their farm before (they are the ones who give us strawberries and feed us lunch practically every time we got out there.) He is also Ramon Jr's dad and their whole family came to believe after one of his sons died. Now, they are strong and committed disciples of Jesus. Please continue to pray for the house church group as they reach out to the surrounding community and that they can start other groups like their own. Also pray for their extended family.
I really love the singing and praise time out there. The music is just beautiful and it is usually a warm time of praising God in song. This last Sunday, the music leader said that we were going to use the Bible as our songbook. We mostly sang Psalms, which were originally songs of praise to God. One of my favorite songs we sang that day was a few verses from Psalm 145. The following will be words/lyrics (in Spanish without accents and English) from this Psalm.
Psalm 145:1-3-"I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever. Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever. Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom."
Salmo 145:1-3-"Te exaltare, mi Dios, mi Rey, y bendicere tu nombre eternamente y para siempre. Cada dia te bendicere y alabare tu nombre eternamente y para siempre. Grande es Jehova, y digno de suprema alabanza; y su grandeza es inescrutable."


Blogger Arnold Austin Jr said...

I'm assuming a coast is nearby. I love lighthouses.

9:56 AM  
Blogger Ben & Christine Haley said...

this bit of coast was about 8 hours away...was not actually really close to ocean. it is at main port on river near the mouth of the river. sorry for long explanation. there are other parts of coast/beach that would be about 5 hours or so. i don't know much else. take care.

7:05 PM  

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