Sunday, March 25, 2012

Back to Borja

We returned to Borja this week to finish packing our belongings and return the keys to our landlord. We are left wondering what the future beholds for the ministry in Borja. I was encouraged to read a quote in a recent Crossworld blog by Jim Beerley, "Where I leave God stays." Please be praying God will continue His perfect work in the lives of new believers in Borja during our absence in the months to come.

           Throughout Ecuador their are many shrines of this virgin where people pray and give thanks for health and prosperity. There is a mystic legend about this holy virgin of the city of Quinche, located an hour from Quito. In former times the Oyacachense indigenous people had to hide in caves from dangerous bears. Once, when they did this, a few days later a mysterious woman with a child came to the cave and consoled them. The mysterious women promised the Oyacachenses that she would save them if they converted to Catholicism. So they did and then they were saved from the bears. They built an altar to honor the woman from the cave. In 1590 the artist Diego de Robles heard that the Oyacachenses were looking for a statue for their altar. He designed a statue of the image of the woman with the child in her arms which appeared to the Oyacachenses in the cave. The woman, now known as the Virgin of El Quinche, was placed on the altar in the cave. In 1943 the image of the Virgin of El Quinche was crowned and in 1985 the ritual place became a national sanctuary. It is believed the virgin of Quinche still performs miracles. 

The is one of OCP's pumping stations where oil is heated and pumped through a pipeline. The pipeline  begins in the eastern jungle of Ecuador and is pumped through a oil pipeline over 300 miles to the Pacific Coast.

The two main industries in Borja are petroleum and agriculture.

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