Our morning began bright and early with a time in the Bible, reading through portions of 1 Thessalonians. For breakfast, we enjoyed cereal and fruit.
We left the hostel after breakfast and went to Carmen Bajo. Carmen Bajo operates two facilities. One is a centre which provides meals and activities for children in co-operation with Compassion International. The site is the church. The students split into three groups. One group taught Bible lessons to the older children. A second group taught lessons to the younger children. A third group worked in the church which is presently expanding its facilities. Members of the third group dug up rubble and transported it out of the compound.
We shared the same lunch that the children ate. It was a delicious meal of potato soup, empenadas and fresh fruit.
After lunch, the groups switched up and those who were working with the older children did some of the physical labour. Those who initially were doing physical labour worked with the younger children and those who initially were with the younger children moved to teaching the older children.
The children come in waves to Carmen Bajo because schools have two “shifts.” There is a morning shift and an afternoon shift. Children who go to school in the morning came to the ministry site for lunch and then Bible lessons in the afternoon. Children who go to school in the afternoon came to the ministry site for Bible lessons in the morning and then stayed for lunch.
The students are working with diligence and excellence. They are well. Because of the altitude, we have not seen a single mosquito. Concerns about Zika virus are not evident in Quito simply because there are no mosquitoes here.
The hostel is very safe and secure.