We have made it through week one in Ecuador, yet it seems like we’ve been here much longer. The team has been working really hard and we never really hear them complaining. They seem to be enjoying the work, whether it be outside or in the kitchen. On Saturday, the team enjoyed a trip to town in Latacunga. They were able to do some shopping, and we went to the town park for lunch. After lunch and playing on the playground (you’re never too old to play on the playground), the team spent time doing some evangelism; making balloons for the children (which was a big hit) and singing some songs as well. On Sunday, Jorge and Allie took us to their church in Latacunga and the team gave their presentation…singing songs as wells as sharing their testimony to the congregation with the help of Jorge’s translating. After church, we went out for lunch at a fast food type restaurant called Super Pollo Rico. You could get a nice meal for $1.80 (hamburger, fries and
drink). The team members and leaders really enjoyed this time together. Now, it is a new week and everyone is back to work. We had a load of bricks delivered on Friday and a load of sand delivered on Monday, so they are now hard at work laying brick on the second floor of the apartment, and others are still helping lay tile and doing some painting. The weather is cold, usually in the 40s/low 50s. It is common for it to rain at night, but when the sun is out during the day, it is such a beautiful sight in these mountains! We haven’t had any major illnesses as of yet. We do have some team members with colds, and two of the head leaders’ children (Allison & Jonathan) have been fighting a cold/cough with occasional fever. Please pray for our team as we continue with the work projects going on and that we will remain healthy and safe. Pray for us as we do evangelism on the weekends, that we would plant seeds in the local people’s lives. Pray for the team
members, that they would grow in their personal relationship with the Lord.
Below is a testimony from team member Katerina Oswald:
“Since we’ve been here in Ecuador, I have learned a lot about leaning on God, asking him to fix my problems instead of trying to carry the weight myself. I have realized that when I’m homesick or feel like I can’t do anything, God is right there, a shoulder for me to cry on, the ground under my feet. My moto this summer has been “a happy face, and a willing heart,” and if I can’t do something, I know I need to put it in His hands. I have found great pleasure in handing over my troubles to the Lord, because after I give them to Him, He opens my eyes and shows me how I can help others, and how I can glorify Him. Psalm 121:2 – My help comes from the Lord!