This year, school vacation began on Friday, June 28. Usually that means that Flora’s kids come to visit, and they did. Ronaldo, who is the adopted youngest son of Flora and her husband Max, is a favorite of Diego’s. The feeling is mutual. Diego has been a second father to Ronaldo since he was rescued at birth from a family that couldn’t care for him. He’s a great kid, as are the other two Cristian and José.
Friends from a nearby (4 hours) parish called Ambaná run a special program for girls going to high school. They’re lay missioners from a group called Operation Mato Grosso (their site is in italian only). Yudy Rojas Lugo, a Peruvian member, came to stay with us for a week. She was an absolute joy, and appreciated the easygoing Vincentian style of our life together. They are a little more “traditional” than us, and she was surprised that we had popular music playing during dinner! We had some beautiful days, including a trip swimming in the thermal baths below Mocomoco. It was a welcome relaxing time in the cold weather.
The Feast of the parish is Sts. Peter and Paul – June 29th. We hosted a traditional dance festival, a common meal (for 140 folks!) and celebrated Mass in a full church. I danced every dance and my knee told me about it later in the day! Thank goodness for Ibuprofen…. I’ll post a slew of pictures and link them here, maybe later tonight or tomorrow (because uploads are painfully slow today).
Ingas and Calacala are proceeding nicely, because of your donations. We expect the brute work (walls, roof, doors and windows) to be done by August 1. We’ll continue with the fine work (plaster, etc.) on Ingas almost immediately. Both buildings will be in use starting in August. It will help us immensely in the task of catechesis. Stay well!