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His Kid-ness

A few days ago I was visiting the local elementary and middle school in Chontal, and I took a seat outside as the students were in recess and the day was finishing up. One of the second graders that I know came up and sat beside me. She looked at the hairs on my arm…

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Ecuador Relief Update

Hi everyone, Well, we are back in Quito, and what a trip! I have put the whole story here: This Sway story will give you a full picture and hopefully an experience of participating in the mission. It includes photos and videos and stories, as well as financial information. In sum, we’ve gone to San…

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In The Silence

On April 16 at almost 7pm local time here in Ecuador, I was getting ready for Mass with the local parish priest who had arrived. We set up the altar, prepared the vessels and books, got the microphone set up, and rang the churchbell with one and then two dings. No one else had arrived…

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All It Takes Is A Hand

One day a few months ago, I was visiting a butterfly farm in Ecuador with some guests that I had brought along. One of the things you can do at the butterfly farm is put a butterfly onto your finger with some squished banana that they put out just for that. So of course, there…

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Update on the Quake

Hi everyone, just a note to say that I’m in Quito and OK, we’ve not been directly affected with harm or property damage, although aftershocks keep people very nervous, even here in Quito. On the coast, rescue and relief workers are still recovering survivors, but from what I’ve seen on the local news and social…

Checking In Safe

Just a note to say that I’m safe here in Ecuador. We felt that earthquake here in Chontal, we’re about 80 miles from the epicenter. The houses shook and there was some movement in the mountain and we lost power for a little while. But everyone’s fine and there’s no real damage here, thanks be…