Good morning from Cali! We made it here safely yesterday afternoon after a 4 + hour drive from Manizales. We’ve receive a good night’s rest in the home of Orlando Quintero & family. We just continue to be blown away by the hospitality of our brethren. They are going out of their way to make us feel welcome and even though we don’t speak the same language, the communication is obvious.
Yesterday was mostly a travel day. It’s quite an operation when you’re moving 7 people around with luggage. Carlos Julio drove one car, with the girls, and Jaime drove the other, with Jason, Mac, and me. On the way, for lunch we stopped at a roadside restuarant that Jaime says offers the best meat around. When we got there, the meat was being cooked over a flame and the guy sliced off samples for us. We asked Jaime what kind of meat it was. His reply: “Don’t ask.” So… anyway… it was really good. Mac seems to think we ate a Tapir. Before we got to Cali, Jaime took us to the city of Palmira. This is where his uncle and dad operated a dairy for many years. Jaime was working here in 1984 making $12/month. It was at this time he wrote Royce Chandler looking for support, and Kettering stepped up with $200 per month. This start enabled him to move back to Manizales and begin the work of preaching. Anyway, Jaime’s uncle and father have passed away, so Jaime’s cousins operate the dairy now. As part of their business, they sell these yogurt like drinks called “Super Kumi’s.” The family treated each of us with one of our favorite flavor.
We got to Cali just in time to change clothes for service, where Mac and Jason preached last night. There were 40-50 people present. After the service ended, all the teens gathered up together in a circle and spent time visiting with Emilea & Leigha. You could tell they were really having fun. While this was going on, Mac, Jason, and I were having a discussion with one of the brothers who attended the first day of our leadership conference. He had some questions regarding what we taught. I think we were able to clear up some of his thinking on a few matters. While we were talking, Carlos Julio was in another part of the room talking with a contact, who had attended the service after she heard about it on his radio program. They talked together for over 30 minutes. Jason and I sat down toward the end of the conversation, and found out that the lady desires to be baptized today. We’re excited! Jason led a prayer for her, we all embraced, and departed.
Looking forward to the rest of today. Excited to get to visit with Orlando and his family. Looking forward to encouraging him, as well as the others.
More on Monday! Must go for now. About to eat breakfast, which includes mandarins Mac picked out of Orlando’s back yard earlier this morning.