Last night, there was a “despedida” (going-away party) for some dear friends who are leaving Ecuador.

Fred and Desi Schmidt are with Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF).  Fred grew up here in Shell, and we have become close friends in the last year.

Shedd and Kris Waskosky, and their son David, had a huge impact on our coming to Ecuador full-time.  They are both doing Bible translation into the Salasacan Quichua language.  We met them in 2003 when Diane and I took our first short-term trip here.  On that trip, we worked on their house to enable them to better serve the people for whom they are translating the Bible.

After we got back to the US, we wrote to them to ask if there would be anything we could do for them if we came down again.  They replied with an emphatic “YES.”  We returned to Ecuador in 2004, and twice more after that before moving here full-time in 2009.  God used those short-term trips and the Waskosky family to draw us to Shell.

We will miss both of these families.

Fred and Desi



Shedd, Kris and David

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