Monday, August 1, 2011


Well, it's now been a week since I've been home from Ecuador, and I am starting to feel somewhat normal again. So, I guess you guys are probably ready to hear some stories, eh? It was a whirlwind trip, so I'll probably just tell one story per post until my memory runs out. ;)  P.S. I do still need some money to cover my bills for the month of July if any of you feel like God is leading you in that direction.

We arrived in Quito after flying through the night on Sunday (July 10) and were greeted by some of the folks from Mt. Zion church. Sunday was mostly an orientation day--we got to know the rest of our team, the amazing translators, and our host families. Monday morning, we went to a feeding program for young children. This incredible family has been feeding the children of their poor neighborhood lunch 5-6 days per week for many years, and we got to bring them food, clean up the small facility, and play with the kids for much of the day. These kids were so incredibly precious, and when they told us that this was probably the only meal they would get all day, my heart nearly broke.

After cleaning and preparing for the kids, nearly 75 showed up around noon for food and a short Bible story (David and Goliath). We assigned roles to a number of the kids and let them act out the story--they had a blast. Finally, we asked if any of them needed healing in their body and about 15 stood up. So, we prayed for them and all of them said the pain was gone. I got to pray for a 14 year old boy who was holding his stomach. I asked him through a translator what was wrong, and he said he felt sick. So, I asked if I could pray for him, to which he replied, "Of course." I think I prayed once and it got better, then we prayed again and it was completely better. Praise the Lord!

We ended our time there by praying for and blessing the family. Jesus said to be the greatest in the Kingdom, you must be a servant to all, and these brothers and sisters are exactly that. They have committed to feeding these kids (normally they get 200 or so per day, but during the summer it is usually less) with very little outside support. However, they have seen God provide for them miraculously hundreds of times. I was truly inspired and blessed to meet this family and the kids.