Monday, we were able to climb on a bus about 8 AM and head to a city called Banos, about 2 ½ hours from the Base to do some sightseeing and shopping. The kids were in high spirits and we had a great day as we walked the streets of this quaint little city. The drive was through the beautiful Andes Mountains with breathtaking views and some very steep climbs and turns. Many of the team members also enjoyed sampling some of the local food as well. One of the sites we saw was ‘Aqua de la Vida’, which I believe means the ‘Virgin waters’, and are believed by the locals to have healing powers. It was a beautiful spot, a waterfall coming down the mountain, and I’m sure you’ll see lots of pictures from that location! We enjoyed a picnic lunch of peanut butter and jelly, peanut butter and nutella, watermelon, doritos, and cookies at a local park in sight of the waterfall.
Tuesday and Wednesday we began a digging project a ½ hour up the mountain above the Base, to try to get more water to the Base. The ditch is to be two km long and one meter deep. They made good progress, going about a hundred feet the first day. The Base encounters lots of issues with the water suddenly drying up because sometimes farmers reroute the water for their crops! We’ve been without water on the Base for several days since we’ve been here. We just purchase our drinking water when necessary, so it’s all been fine. We’ve just gone multiple days without showering! But, we are TMI after all, and the kids are doing great with everything! However, today, they ran into some neighbors who are questioning legal rights, so work has stopped on this today, and they’ve come back to work on the room/apartment project.
So that’s been our week so far! Pray for good health for the team and continued spiritual growth in the lives of the team as well.
From Rachel McTaggart: This Teen Missions experience has been amazing. I love the people my team because they are always encouraging and uplifting. I have been hanging out with the Ecuadorian kids. I have never met so many people that love God so much; it’s awesome. My leaders are so uplifting and loving. I have made so many Christian friends that I wish make at home. I absolutely love Teen Missions.
From Liz Coleman: Well, so far in Ecuador, it’s been cool. Ha I made a pun, but seriously, it’s like really cold and the mountains are beautiful. One of my favorite things to do when I first wake up, is to walk out of the dorm, look to my right, and see all the mountains. Either the mountains are huge, or the clouds look like they’re sitting on the mountains. When the sun hits that, it’s unreal!