I went to Colombia in October 2013, and I never posted about it on this blog, so here you go!
In October I had the awesome, amazing, wonderful, eye-opening, incredible opportunity to go to Colombia, South America for two weeks. It was amazing, and a million other adjectives I can’t think of. Just take my word for it. It was incredible. Anyhow, so I went with my grandma Jean and grandpa Sandy, as well as four others. We stayed with Russell Stendal and his family and we were teaching Indian ladies from the Paez tribe how to knit and crochet. We got to Bogota on October 1(Tuesday), and the next two days we spent driving from Bogota to Cali. On Saturday we visited the Paez village, and on Sunday we visited another village, the Guambiano village. Monday through Friday we taught the ladies how to knit/crochet. We took four hockey bags stuffed full of yarn, and by the end of the week, it was all gone. Saturday we went to Popoyan to visit Dr. Jeny, a lady who owns a daycare for children of prostitutes, and on Sunday we went shopping in Cali. Monday was the last day with the Indian ladies, and we had them bring everything they made over the week (the three pictures at the bottom of this post!) and everyone show off what they’d made! We flew back to Bogota that night, and left the next day. It was such an amazing experience. I wish I could go back to Colombia right now! I took over a thousand pictures, so of course this is only some of them! But wow it was awesome.
Driving from Bogota to Cali.
At the Paez village! Sammy (Russell’s son-in-law) talking to the village leader. The village’s school/church Our project was to teach 32 Indian ladies from a village near Cali how to knit and crochet. They were super fast learners and barely needed any help at all!
While we were there, Greg Musselman, videographer for Voice of the Martyrs, was also there. He was filming for a video documenting the suffering of some of the Paez Indians.
Alethia (Russell’s second daughter) The ladies knitting/crocheting! Russell and Greg with the two ladies whose husbands were tortured for their faith.