Bibles for the Jungle

Each year when I make a trip alone like this year, or with Vicky, or Vicky and I lead a team, I/we are always asked to bring items of necessity to Shell. It may be the hospital, the school, a mission and/or a missionary.

This year I had a request from Jacob Bezemer; someone I did not know. He asked if he could order some Bibles to be delivered to me and then I could bring them to Shell. He ordered 150!!


Jacob Bezemer holding a Bible

To my surprise when the Bibles arrived I found that they were about the size of an old iPhone. They are solar powered!! The indigenous people of the jungle speak two languages, Shuar and Ashuar. There were 75 Bibles of each language. Jacob told me that when they are reaching out to the jungle people they do not like to read; they like to listen. The Bibles are a translation of the New Testament. He is looking forward to a translation of the Old Testament.

Jacob and his wife Linda are from Holland. The have five children; two boys, ages 1 & 9, and three girls, ages 4,5 & 7. The family lives in a settlement of indigenous people outside of Shell. They plan on living here forever. He has been accepted into the Ecuadorian Retiremenet plan.

In Holland he studied several medical subjects; medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics, and I beleive some surgical work. I think we would compare him to a general practitioner but more advanced. I know he has worked with Dr Wolff in the hospital here in Shell.

What an incredile family!


Each year when we go to Ecuador we are asked by the missionaries and/or mission organizations to bring needed materials with us. This year since I am traveling alone and visiting and/or working with several missions, I brought a lot of “stuff.” I have four luggage bags; two monsters, a medium and my carryon. I used the medium for my clothes and the two large bags for mission requests. One of them is full of “stuff” donated to me from HERO, the Health Equipment Recycling Organization started many years ago in Fargo, ND. I was able to get a baggage waiver for the second large bag because I am doing mission work with our nonprofit organization, SALTS, Inc. I also have three wheelchairs, one of which would not fold up. They took them all. It took forever in the Quito airport for all my baggage to appear but fortunately I have it all and will distribute it as I spend the next ten days serving the missions in Shell and Ambato.


All the stuff I brought with me to Ecuador!

Ecuadorian Cuisine & Road Racing

I made it to Shell yesterday shortly before suppertime. An interesting ride. I don’t believe my driver had ever driven to Shell before. The freeway was OK, however for those who have made the trip with me, somehow we bypassed Latacunga and the Mickos ice cream stand and drove right into Ambato. Mickos is an absolute must!! So we missed the turnoff to go to Banos and on to Shell. The next 60-90 minutes was drive a few blocks, make an occasional turn and then ask for directions, repeatedly. Even on the road thru Salasaca and Pellileo, he stopped and asked directions to Banos. Even when there was not other road than the road to Banos, he stopped and asked directions. We stopped for a delicious Ecuadorian lunch of rice, beans, salad (which I did not eat) and a nice thin slice of chicken breast.

All of a sudden we were an a “road race.” We drove faster down the mountain road and through the tunnels than we did on the freeway! I was reileved and excited to make it to Shell in one piece!

It is great to be back “home” in Shell, Ecuador!


Logan Scott was one of the students who came to Ecuador two years ago. He has been visiting and working in Shell. As with other students Vicky and I helped sponsor his trip thru our nonprofit SALTS, Inc. I was looking forward to visitng with him while he was still here. He had been working in Casa de Fe in Shell and also went on a mission trip to the jungle with Chris Zuniga, one of the local missionaries. We were able to invite him to have supper with Phil and Debbie. He brought along the family that he was stying with in Quito. I do not remember their names. Chris’ oldest son just happens to be dating their oldes daughter. We had a wonderful evening of catching up with Logan while Phil and Debbie made new Ecuadorian friends.

Dinner at the Douce's


Good morning,

I made it to Ecuador after a long day of travel on Tuesday. Snow, deicing, waiting in line and finally takeoff from Fargo after an hour delay. Fortunately I had changed my reservations and given myself extra time in the Minneapolis airport or I would have missed my flight to Atlanta and possibly the flight to Quito. When we got close to Atlanta we were notifited of bad weather and were told we were going to be in a holding pattern for 50 minutes. Actually we did it for only about 30 minutes and I had enough time to relax before the flight to Quito. On my way to the gate I passed a sign for a blood drive. I had 90 minutes to kill so I dropped in and donated a unit of blood to the Red Cross.

Blood donation for the Atlanta Red Cross!

Blood donation for the Atlanta Red Cross!

Possibly not the wisest thing I have ever done. I plan on spending the good part of the next ten days at altitude of 8300-8500 feet above sea level. So I have been eating well and drinking a lot of water. So far one episode of lightheadedness when I stood up quickly but other than that no problem.

I thought about how interesting it would have been if I had shown up with a team of 28 college students and leaders. But again, probably not my best decision.

The flight into Quito was also delayed and so we were late getting to Quito as well. Unfortunately I had told Phil Douce the time of the original flight when I arranged for him to pick me up. I had forgotten to tell him the airline and flight number. He was patiently waiting for me.

Have a great day everyone. I will be back.