Now that we're starting a new school year, it is time to report on the end of the last school year. HA! In late May we held a closing program with our three home school helpers: Morgan who came from PA to help us teach school last year and two members of the German Impact team: Katha and Luca. Missing from the picture is Christian who had left for Germany earlier.
We started with the Ecuadorian and U.S National Anthems. Elías and Jacob helped to wave the flags.
Then Amelia recited a poem.
Joel presented a book report about former LMUSA Juanita Simpson's autobiography Walking the Waves. Juanita's husband was lost at sea during their years of missionary service in Palua, Micronesia. We visited Palau during our years at PIU in Guam. Then we stayed with Juanita and her son and family when we visited Hawaii en route to PA following our four years in Guam. We consider her dear friend; she currently resides in FL.
Jacob wanted to tell a Bible story as part of the program.
Then each volunteer shared a few words, Morgan first.
Then the obligatory group photo. We thank God for our good home school helpers.
Our niece Lauren will come on Monday to help us during this next school year. Please pray for her safety in traveling and for a good adjustment for her. Thank you.
In early June we said good-bye to Morgan, our home school volunteer for 2014-2015. She became a member of the family while she was here.
On her last day here we went to the Condor Park. That was fun.
Then in July we bid adieu to the other home school volunteers: Judith, Lo and Jana.
We had a nice visit with the Erndwein family, our missionary colleagues who work with the Quichua people, before they headed to Germany for their furlough. Judith was their home school helper for the year.
We had the Impact team from Germany to our house for prayer and dinner. They left in early August.
Marisol's cousin Héctor and family recently left for Kansas City, MO. They visited us two times before leaving.
This is Anna, Katha, Simone, Katrin and Luca from the Impact team at their farewell gathering.
Amelia and Joel with Marisol's cousins Steffi and Salomé.
Elías and Jacob joining the picture.
Marisol's uncle Héctor and wife Anabel with us, even Elías made the picture.
Although good-byes are not our favorite part of missionary life, we are glad that "friends are friends forever if the Lord's the Lord of them." AMEN and AMEN!