Hello from beautiful, sunny, cool Ecuador,
Since our last update we have had some great weather to get a lot of work done. The entire team has been doing well & adjusted to the altitude change with no problems.
Tuesday started out rainy & damp. The team spent the morning getting settled into their dorms & helping get the kitchen set up. In the afternoon the sun came out, so the base coordinator, Benjamin showed the team the OC. Abraham, Matt & Silas said this has been their favorite part of the trip so far. SB’s were also served by chopping down small trees & making fence post for a pig pen for the base. Joelle & John served on KP. Alex led evening devotions. The team also practiced their first presentation for tomorrow.
Wednesday was sunny & clear. Berea, Bada & Seth enjoyed being able to see Cotopaxi & the beautiful scenery that makes the base a wonderful place to be. In the morning, the team’s work project was to help get the OC & camp ready for the upcoming Boot Camp. The jobs were making the red sea bigger, building the 5 D’s of Devil, & cleaning up the area where the Boot Camp team members will be putting their tents. In the afternoon, the team along with leaders, Mr. Chris, Mr. Eric & Miss Kim, hiked to a local village to give their presentation. Alex, Dean & Joelle, loved the one-mile hike that consisted of a 200 feet decent down the mountain, crossing the river on a man-made bridge, & a 200 feet climb back up the other side of the hill to the village. Payton, Josh & Elijah loved playing soccer with the local kids & TMI Ecuador staff. Andrew felt that the teams first presentation went very well, & the kids enjoyed it. Jeremy loved that John was willing to be an interpreter for him so he could interact with the kids. Travis & Kymberly served on KP. Faith led evening devotions.
Thursday, another beautiful sunny day. Payton & Parker are serving on KP, & Silas will lead the evening devotions. The morning was spent with finishing up the work projects from yesterday. This afternoon, the kids will get out the bikes & practice riding up & down the roads here near the base.
Here are some testimonies from some of the team members. The questioned asked was – “What has God taught you these past couple of days?”
Rachel – God has taught me to be patient. I love being in control of my time, but I need to let God be in control of my plans & have patience if I don’t know exactly what lies ahead for me.
Darin – God has taught me work better as a team, not get frustrated when things don’t go the way I think they should & keep calm. He is in control of everything.
Faith – God has taught me to make the best of everything because He has a plan. You need to have faith that He will come through with what He knows is best for you.
Garrett – God has taught me that you have to push through the hard things, & work together as a team. If you don’t work together, nothing will work at all.
Thanks for you prayers.