There was an outpouring of generosity from the Ecuadorian brothers. We were especially touched by the sweet little handmade gifts from the small children. They were all anxious to give us a little token of their appreciation for us coming. And a remembrance of their love.
We received literally hundreds of little gifts, which we kept many of. We recorded names, congregations and email addresses, to try to contact as many as possible to send our love and thanks. We also were glad to have so many souvenirs to share with family and friends.
Below is a little video clip of a sister stopping me to give me a gift and showing me how it works, and here’s a shot from in front, since the video just got her hair.
I couldn’t believe the detail in some of these gifts. A lot of time and effort went into making them.
The handmade ones by the little children were especially sweet. The flamingo one was painted by Jenny Salazar. The flower on the right was given to me by a cute little boy, not 4 years old – obviously he made it himself. How sweet is that.