Today was a special day in Crucita at the little church. Typically the church consists mainly of children as well as 8-10 moms that regularly attend. As of yet there are no fathers and we thought that being that it was Father’s day, it would be a great excuse to invite fathers to come along with their families to church today. Yesterday Dave and two other men walked the neighborhood inviting dads to come to church. We had previously discussed that if 5-6 came, that would be great. I was praying for eight thinking that was a big request. But to our surprise and delight, we had 12 dads show up with their families! It was a beautiful thing to see them break away from their normal routines and spend family time.
Today Dave had a chance to speak to them through a fine young interpreter, Sarah. He gave them a message of hope and explained how their responsibility in their family is so great in setting an example to their wives and children. Of course he also presented the amazing message of salvation which is available to all people of every tribe, people and nation.
The day included music and even some of the guys joining in with clapping! There were also a few fun games one of which needed 4 or 5 volunteer dads along with one of their children. Dads and kids were separated and the kids were asked questions like what are their favorite foods or what is your birthday. The dads were challenged to see if they would answer correctly! This isn’t exactly the easiest thing when you are in front of an audience and are put on the spot! Some did good and some not so good but it sure brought a lot of laughs especially to some of the mom’s faces. There were also wheel barrel races which involved dads and their kids (the wheel barrels) picking up an object with their mouth and bringing it back. It definitely involved arm strength, but some of those little fellows are pretty strong!
Everyone was also given a special snack of meat balls, pastries, and juice. We had a such a great turn out, we ran out of food.
But Lissette and Kenya calmly whipped up some more pastries by hand and fried them up. No worries….and the people patiently waited to be served. In the mean time, Christian ran out to buy more food and ended up getting “corviche”. It was my first experience with corviche and I’m not going to lie, I was a bit nervous when I was told it had fish in it. But…..it was delicious! This is a food common in this region in Ecuador and has fish, plantains and peanuts. Put a little sauce on top and voila!! Muy Rica!
We are so thankful for all the neighborhood folks who came today and put a smile on their families faces and we pray that some of the fathers will return. Most are fishermen and their schedule is completely dependent on the ocean and what’s available for fishing at any given time.
Happy Father’s day to all the special men in my life as well. My husband, my father in law, my daddy in heaven and other family/friends who are fathers. We love you!