Basilio is 40 years old and lives with his wife and younger children in a small pueblo named Alausí. He provides for his family by growing vegetables, keeping milk cows, and raising cuy.
Basilio has 6 children. His face dropped when he told me about his 14-year-old son. Last year the boy was riding in the back of a truck along with some of his siblings. When the truck collided with another vehicle he was thrown and killed instantly. No one else was hurt.
He looked at me with astonishment when he recounted that no one else even had a scratch. “Maybe God is testing me.” he said.
“How did you carry on after that?” I asked him.
He told me how just the week before his son was with him at the site where they were building the new church. “He was laughing and helping. He was so happy. I never expected what was about to happen.”
“God has given me the strength to carry on.” he said. “And I look forward to the day I can see him again."
I asked Basilio why he is attending the training.
He said “I need to know the Word. So I can lead my family and serve the church. I want to share the God’s Word with others.”
Basilio will finish up with the rest of the students on Thursday and officially graduate from the Bible institute.