Dear friends and family,
We are sitting in our living room looking out the window and marveling at sight of the clouds on the mountains as they fade from view. The sun rises at 6 a.m. and sets at 6 p.m. every day. In the mornings, the sky is usually clear blue as we head out to work. In the evenings, as we are heading home, the clouds start rolling over the tops of the mountains and down into the valleys. We have had a clear view of one of the snow capped volcanoes on our way to work each morning. We are just marveling in God’s great creation.
We now have two days of official work under our belts. We are in information overload as we try to learn a new way of doing things at a new school (to us) in a new county. Fortunately, they are very organized and realize we are rather overwhelmed, so they have everything online for us to look at when we get our feet under us.
The administration is very helpful to us “newbies” which also is very much appreciated.
Obviously the classroom conditions and the supplies are not the same as what we had in the past, but having a supportive administration and being encouraged to share our faith daily in our classes greatly supersedes the few inconveniences we face. The emphasis on bringing our students to the point of salvation and then discipling them as young Christians while providing a top notch education is both challenging and exhilarating.
We are in the process of becoming “legal” here in Ecuador. We have registered our visas and now have to getwhat is called a “censo” which is a card we have to carry with us at all times. It basically tells everyone that we are here legally. The next GIANT hurdle is getting our driver’s license. We may have to take a driver’s training course and then take a driving test as well as a written test pulled from a set of 400 questions, all in Spanish. Since neither of us is terribly fluent in Spanish, this is going to be quite a challenge. Please pray that we make it through this process without too much difficulty. We do not want to be driving illegally. We have only a few more weeks to accomplish this task and trying to do this while working is going to be tough, but we HAVE to do it. We live 6 miles from the school and do not want to have to rely on taxis, buses or other people to get too and from work. Please pray with us that we will be able to accomplish this daunting task in a timely manner.
We have greatly enjoyed attending Spanish and/or Otavalo Indian churches these last two weeks. This last Sunday, we went to the Iglesia del Nazareno Manantial de Vida in a suburb of Quito, not too far from where we live. We found that we could understand even more of the service than the week before. We realize that our best chance of learning Spanish AND being involved with the common people in Ecuador is to attend an Ecuadorean church. Please pray that we find one we can fit in to, and get invovled with the people.
We have greatly appreciated the prayers that have been raised for us. God has been so faithful to help us through the bumps in the road that we have faced. There are many adjustments we are having to make, but God has paved the way for us.
Thank you! You are loved, appreciated and prayed for.
Seeking to do His Will,
Ruth Ann and Keith Morris
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