We have been in Ecuador for one week now, and it is hard to believe we only have two more weeks before flying back to Florida. The team has been working hard doing several tasks including putting down new sidewalks, removing the main gate to replace it with a new one and laying brick to finish a wall that will keep the chickens from escaping their coop. We also celebrated two birthdays today (the 18th) on our team. Team member TJ Hooper turned 16 today, and Allison Lane (the head leaders’ daughter) turned 5. Everyone on the team enjoyed celebrating together during supper. We also had the opportunity to minister to local elementary school children who came to the base for a time of fun and games. One of our team members, Andrea Sunderman and leader Lyndsey Guffrey, who both speak Spanish pretty well, explained to the children what the colors on the wordless bracelet mean. When they were finished talking about it and explaining God’s plan of salvation, they asked if any of them wanted to give their lives to the Lord. All the children raised their hands, and they really seemed sincere about the decision. What a praise for those children who committed their lives to the Lord today!
The weather has been cold and windy. Sometimes during the day when it isn’t cloudy, the will warm up a little bit. We have several on the team battling head colds, so please pray that they’ll recover quickly. Evening devotions and the guys’ and girls’ Bible studies have been a blessing. Several on the team have really opened up during this time. It is incredible to see the Lord working through their lives. Please continue praying for all of us as we continue our work and witness to the people in the area. Thank you for all the prayers and support you’ve been giving us already!
Here is a testimony from team member Bethany Oakes:
“I have learned so many valuable lessons so far this summer. One of my New Years’ resolutions was to hear something directly from God. I’m super proud to say that a few days ago, I finally accomplished that goal! I have literally gotten a lot closer to God up here on top of this mountain. I am constantly forming and enhancing skills such as listening, learning, teaching and encouraging. Everyday I have to constantly listen out for count off, what leaders have to say and most importantly what God has to say. I have to be able to learn quickly how to do certain work jobs. By the end of this trip I’m going to be a pro at brick laying and concrete mixing and pouring. I’m also improving my teaching skills here. It’s important to teach other members the right way to lay a brick and it’s great when we all teach each other what we learned about the Bible. I also am using my encouragement more than ever! It’s super important to have an uplifted team! It’s such a joy to know that I’m doing what God wants me to. I love you guys! Can’t wait to see my family! ~Bethany “