Our last full week in Ecuador is coming to an end. This time next week we will be preparing to leave for our trip to the Equator, followed by a ride to the airport in Quito for our flight back to Florida. It is hard to believe how fast time is flying, and the team has been working very hard and enjoying our time here.
This week, we continued laying bricks for the second story of the apartment and we have ordered the material for the roof. Lord willing, we’ll be putting a roof on the apartment next week. We enjoyed a trip to Banos on Wednesday. We were able to enjoy a open-air bus tour and see some beautiful sites around the Andes Mountains. Most of us enjoyed taking a ride on a couple of cable cars, and we later went shopping for souvenirs. We made it back safely to the base around 9pm on Wednesday night. Saturday, we are planning on taking a trip to Latacunga and do some evangelism at the park, and we’ll also be going back to town for church on Sunday.
The Ecuador Boot Camp is taking place right now, and some of our team members are helping judge their Obstacle Course, which is nice for them after doing it for themselves in Florida. The weather has been cold and rainy lately. It will be a big change for us when we step out of the Orlando airport next Saturday with our Alpaca coats on and feel the Florida heat.
Health wise, everyone is doing well. Our team has been blessed this summer, and we are so thankful to what the Lord is doing in each of the team members’ lives. Thank you again for all your prayers.
Below is a brief testimony from Jeremy Jeong:
“The first day at boot camp was horrible. Being homesick from minute one and swatting mosquitoes, I thought there was no place worse than the Lord’s Boot Camp. But, as the week went on and I met my teammates and we went through the O.C. together, I felt better, missing my home less and feeling new strength in me. I enjoyed the sermons and rallies. I learned more about God and enjoyed having devotions. I learned various skills such as brick laying, steel tying and more. When I came to Ecuador, I was happy because I knew I was serving God and also helping out other people. Every time we evangelize I am happy to see smiles on people’s faces and I really enjoy myself. I am glad that I came to TMI. Although it was a surprise form my parents, I am glad I came.”