Sun 14 Sep
We survived the bus ride to Puerto Quijarro. The A/C got turned off, probably to save on fuel so it got pretty hot. I woke up just drenched with sweat. I woke up Curtis to have him ask the bus driver to turn on some air, which he did. Then after a while he turned it off again. Grrr.
We arrived in Puerto Quijarro at about 6:30am. We got a hotel room so we could shower and shave and use it as a base camp for the day. We didn't sleep there. It cost about $35.
We went to church at the branch there and were the center of attention. Everyone there loves Elder Knight. We had people tell us that this was the first time that a missionary came back there with their parents and they all seemed so glad to meet us. The Branch President asked us to bear our testimonies in Sacrament meeting and Curtis translated for us.
We visited families all day. This town is not like Santa Cruz. It is very poor and dirty. The family visits were all so precious though. It was so worth the extra effort to go there. At one home, the mom had one son and three daughters. She is trying to stay strong for her family and she seemed to have a lot of faith. The two younger girls spent the time scrolling through pictures on Maureen's phone. When it was time to leave they hugged her and didn't want her to go.
The bus ride back was better. We all slept fine.
I forgot to mention how hot and humid it was yesterday in Puero Quijarro. Oh man! I was wiping sweat from my face all day. I thought I'd die. Elder Belnap said that it wasn't that hot compared to other days. I don't know how Curtis survived 7 months there.