What a busy week it has been for the Ecuador team the past several days! The Ecuadorian Boot Camp has arrived and we are know sharing the base with them. It has been interesting getting everyone to stay off the wet sidewalks that we have poured. Needless to say, there will be several foot prints in the new sidewalks. Progress is coming with the work projects as both steel beams are now up for the new gate. Nearly 6 ft. holes had to be dug by the team for each beam. On Saturday, the team worked half a day, and after lunch we were able to go to town (Latacunga) for a nice break to do some souvenir shopping and go to the ice cream shop. Even though it is cold here, ice cream is something special to get!
During the evenings, the team has group devotion time where we sing praise and worship songs, and each night a different team member gives their testimony or whatever the Lord has laid on their hearts to share. As a leader, it is awesome to see the guys and girls open up their hearts and share what the Lord has done in their lives and how they have been made stronger through their struggles. Please continue praying for each of our 23 team members as they are growing and that they will keep their heart open to the Lord.
Today, the team shared at a different church in Latacunga. Jenny Willms shared with the church about what the team is working on this summer, with the help of team member Andrea Sunderman translating. TJ Hooper gave his testimony to the congregation. Tonight we attended the Ecuadorian Boot Camp Rally where one of the Bible, Missionary and Work students was graduating to begin her internship. While we were there, our team was asked to give a presentation to the boot camp. We didn’t know we would be doing this tonight, but the team did really well and introduced themselves and sang about 4 songs. Afterwards we were invited to the reception for the graduating BMW student and enjoyed some cake and soda.
The weather is still cold and windy and it is very dry. It seems like everyone is getting past their colds. Tomorrow we will get back to work and hope to get a lot accomplished this week. On Wednesday we will be working/ministering to the local school children again. This will be our last full week in Ecuador. It is hard to believe how fast the time is going by. Thank you again for your continued prayers and support. This opportunity wouldn’t be possible without it.
Below is a testimony from Josh Brown:
“Ecuador is very different from Boot Camp. It is so much more fun and I find that I learn so much more than what the classes taught me. The altitude difference caused breathing to be a little different but you get used to it. The work project is going very well and our team is getting the job done really quick. Digging the hole was a very tedious job but after about three days we finally got the first pole in the 5 foot 6 inch hole. Sleeping in dorms is such a step up from tents. We get real, half comfortable beds, hot showers and have no mosquitoes. Overall the trip has been an awesome ride. I can definitely wait until we leave.”