Hola Vida

Hola Vida.  Hello life.

Hola Vida is a beautiful waterfall about 45 minutes from here.  Just go about 15 km outside of Puyo, turn right, go another 11 km or so, take a left and you’re there.

We hadn’t been there in several years, since we were there with a short-term team in 2004.  Today we went with our friends, the Prathers, who we met in language school in Costa Rica.

You have to hike about a half-hour to get there.  The trail has a few ups and downs, but it’s not that hard.

It’s really a beautiful spot, and worth the effort to get there.

This was taken from behind the waterfall.  You can see Diane through the mist.

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Our friends, the Prathers.

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Makuma

In our house here in Shell, Ecuador, we have several Bibles of our own.  We have small ones in Spanish and in English.  We each have a bilingual one in different versions.  We have multiple versions available on the computer in Spanish and English.

But some people don’t even have one Bible in their own language.  We saw that change for some folks last Saturday.

We went to Makuma, a small village about a half-hour from Shell by plane.  In our plane were Fred, our pilot, his wife Desi, Janet and her son Elijah, and the two of us.

The airstrip at Makuma
The landing
Parking the plane

We went as visitors to the dedication of a Bible translation that had been many years in the making. This Bible was translated by many hard workers, and now is printed and complete, in the Shuar language.

Daniel Chu, president of the Shuar Church Association, opened the first box of new Bibles.  You could feel the joy as he held up the Bible for all to see.

A large part of the dedication was to recognize the many people, both Shuar and missionaries, who had worked on the translation.  They each received their own copy.

Frank Drown, long time missionary in Makuma, receives his copy

It was really hot, and after a while several people moved into the shade by the side of the building.  Others used umbrellas and chairs for shade.

After the dedication, lunch was served.  We had fish and cabbage wrapped in a leaf, soup, rice and meat.

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The cooks

After lunch, we visited a store, and then waited for the plane back to Shell.

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Diane waiting for the plane back to Shell

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You can read about this community and its history in Frank and Marie Drown’s book, Mission to the Headhunters.