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March Update
Stewart & Anna-Claire Cusick

First up some housekeeping...
  • We now have an exciting webpage for all your quick access links and info at thecusicks.org.  You can get links to our newsletter, social media address, emails, support etc.  It was kindly set up and run by one of our supporters who has a tiny bit of computer knowledge!
  • IMPORTANT - in our last email we said we had a support meeting, unfortunately we got 2 things wrong the date and Hannah's email address (its ok you did miss much, just AC talking too much!!).  Seriously though if you would like to join our support group please contact Hannah on her correct address hrhamill@gmail.com.
  • We have new email address and numbers but you can still get us on the old ones.  Please see the bottom of the letter for more info.
What have we been at?

So much has happened in the last month and a half to tell you about but we will try and keep it short.  Firstly we finally got released from the prison cell in the hotel on the 8th of March!  The next day we met Katy Griggs, she is on the left in the picture below with Anna-Claire on the right.  The picture also shows our new homestay with the Hueca family.

Katy showed us round the city, sorted us with Ecuadorian simcards for our phones and general just helped us to take our first steps in this new city.  After a few days she returned to her work in Santa Domingo.
Katy also helped us to get set up with our Spanish school which is a 30-40 minute walk from the house, depending on how much coffee we had that morning.  Anna-Claire is standing outside the school in the picture.

We both have new Spanish names, Stewart's is Estuardo and Anna-Claire's is just Anna-Clara.
We have a first class Spanish teacher called Annabel, she is in the photo with Anna-Claire on one of our excursion days in the Historical Center.

Originally Stewart had a different teacher who lasted a day, the second one lasted 2 days!!  They couldn't find anyone else to teach him so we finally gave up and decided he could join my class with Annabel. Not sure why no one wanted to teach him.....
Its been cold, very rainy, but we are having fun.

Its been raining cats and dogs as you can see in the images below (the cat is the house pet, he didn't fall from the sky!) so we have been pretty cold as there is no central heating in any of the buildings.  However Anna-Claire has manged to convince the family to light the fire a few times.  We didn't realise that Quito would get to temperatures as low as 4 Degrees Celsius so we didn't pack enough warm clothing.

You can see also our new wee mum Marcy in the images below on a morning walk in the forest behind the house.
Despite the rain!

We have managed to get out and about Quito as you can see below.  There are some lovely parks to visit and go for long walks on the weekend.  We also foolishly decided to climb a nearby mountain that we thought would be easy but nearly killed us.  We reached a height of 4696 meters at the top, unfortunately the weather was awful so we couldn't see anything and we were freezing as it was 1 Degrees Celsius.  We also took a visit to the equator and the Old Town historical centre.

Other than that we have just been sampling some of the Ecuadorian dishes which has been good and bad.  Last week we spent a few days in bed recovering from some dodgy food, it could have been the food in the picture shown below!

Up next...


We are planning to travelling to Shell where the hospital is that we are going to be working in. We hope to leave on the 1st of April with Katy Griggs.  While there, we plan to meet up with Jaap Bezemer, the other doctor in the hospital from Latin Link, and his family.  We hope to visit the hospital and meet some of the other hospital employees.

Thankfully we have been able to register both our degrees and therefore our visas are now valid.  However we still need to get an Ecuadorian card to allow us to travel out of the country.  We have an interview but not until August!

We have visited a few churches over the last few weeks but it can be hard with the current restrictions to talk to people and get settled in. There are very few people attending churches in person here and most of the services are still predominantly online.
 
Prayer Requests
  • There has been lots of flooding in Ecuador, especially in the South near the Vogans, the other missionaries from Glenabbey.  Pray for people's safety and for people's livelihoods and homes.
  • Our trip to Shell - that restrictions allow Katy and ourselves to travel there and that while there we can learn a lot about the hospital and the town.
  • That the language schools in Quito would remain open and the teaching continue to be in person.
  • That we would find a Church where we can meet people and make some friends!
 
We are extremely grateful for all your loving prayers and support.
Please become part of our work
For those of you who are interested in our support group feel free to contact Hannah Das hrhamill@gmail.com.  We meet once a month on a Thursday via zoom for prayer and a catch up.  We love to hear about peoples lives back home so please join us.
Support Link
Please see our contact information below.

Stewart
UK Tel: +447969386770
Ecuador Tel: +593989899371
Email: stewart@thecusicks.org

Anna-Claire
UK Tel: +447821224993
Ecuador Tel: +593989890445
Email: anna-claire@thecusicks.org

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