Day 9 – Final Day at a Christo Liberador and Returning Home
Today we had the blessed opportunity to serve poorer families alongside our brothers and sisters at Buen Pastor. We learned that in Ecuador, the much poorer families tended to live near the mountains. The pastor at Buen Pastor told us that their church desired to reach out to these families to let them know they are loved and not forgotten by serving them. As a church, we drove to a remote, mountainous region to visit with these families. We were warmly welcomed and had the opportunity to hear their stories and to pray for them. We then served these families by cleaning their homes, doing light repairs, and gardening. It was truly a privilege to serve and these families were greatly touched to know they were loved. It was also an eye-opening experience for our students as many witnessed such poverty for the very first time. Please pray for those whom we served and pray for our students as they process this experience.
The afternoon was filled with Saturday programs as Buen Pastor. First, our students led a Children’s Camp. We taught the children about Jesus, our greater elder brother, through the parable of the Prodigal Son and ended our time with fun activities. The children were so engaged and enthusiastic, it was a joy to serve them. Children’s Camp was followed by the Young Adult Ministry. We shared about the importance of thirsting and hungering for the Word through an object lesson and a devotion and ended our time with games and fellowship with coffee and snacks. Truly, these young adults are passionate for Jesus and it was so moving to feel like our team was a part of this group.
More and more, our team is feeling closer to our Ecuadorian brothers and sisters. We thank our Father in Heaven that He has overcome the language barrier and we are able to experience kinship by simply being members of the family of God. Our hosts have challenged us to dive even deeper in our relationships and have more spiritual conversations with our new friends. Please pray for God to provide the way to these conversations. We look forward to going to church with our brothers and sisters here on Sunday!