Día De Muerto

As a lot of you have probably read on facebook, Justin was blessed to be able to surprise his sister Mekaela and attend her state volleyball competition. So this past week I have been flying solo here in Quito.  It has been a fun week with a lot of Spanish as always, but the fun part is that this weekend was Día de Muerto (Day of the Dead).  

The celebration began with a parade in the Centro Histórico.  On Saturday, some of the seminary students as well as English students went to the Director’s house to make Colada Morada and Gua Gua de Pan.  These are both traditional things to have during this time and they are both delicious.  

To give a little bit of an update about our mission here in South America. We have one more month of Spanish school here and then we begin actually working.  NILI has been very patient and accommodating here and allowed us to pick up extra classes during the week when we need them and share with us many cultural opportunities such as experiencing this weekend with the people here.  Besides the cultural events that we have been able to take part in, we have also been attending “ministry Mondays” as they call it here and have participated things such as puppet shows at an orphanage.

This next week you can pray for me as I am going with four other Spanish students to “ministry week”.  We will be in Santa Domingo, Ecuador and doing children’s ministry, painting and whatever else.  (Uncle Jack if you are reading this I am totally bringing your puppets)  Due to logistics and missing a couple of classes last week, Justin will be staying here.  Please keep us all in your prayers as well travel and are with the people of Santa Domingo.  

Below are photos of this weekend

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Parade at Centro Histórico

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Preparing to make Colada Morada

Gua Gua de Pan (bread babies)  You can buy these all over the place during the holiday they are often filled with carmel, Nutella like chocolate or a fruit filling.

Gua Gua de Pan (bread babies) You can buy these all over the place during the holiday they are often filled with carmel, Nutella like chocolate or a fruit filling.

A picture inside the cemetery

A picture inside the cemetery

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Band Playing at Centro Histórico

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Colada Morada made with multiple fruits: mora (types of berry), pineapples, strawberries, spices, naranjillas (similar to , panilla and a ton of other things

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Myself and some friends in Centro Histórico

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During this holiday people visit their loved ones who have died at the cemetery. Usually this means sharing a meal with their loved one (literally, they leave food at the grave site), cleaning and or repairing the grave site and ultimately spending time with family.



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