Update from Ecuador-
We have had an exciting couple of days here in Ecuador. Sunday we had the opportunity to visit with our FBCG missionaries, Brock and Nancy Lunginbill. They have been here in Ecuador for about 6 years and they shared how God called them from a fairly typical life in the Western Suburbs and into a ministry here in Ecuador that is reaching a subculture in the city of Quito that was overlooked or worse, intentionally told that they were not welcome inside the walls of the church. This was the beginning of La Roca Skate Church (you read that correctly). Brock and Nancy have discovered a way to reach a segment of the youth culture through skateboarding and La Roca is the result. There isn’t the time here to go into all the details, but everyone on the team was captivated by the creativity of the ministry, how God led Brock and Nancy to reach out to these students and the work that God is accomplishing through La Roca. It inspired us to think about how God might desire to use TREK and FBCG to creativity reach students that are not being reached elsewhere.
Yesterday was our third work day of the trip. We continued on some of the projects that I had mentioned earlier and began a couple of new ones. Our students are committed to working hard and encouraging each other as we seek to make the most of this time here in Ecuador. My team began the work of setting the foundation for a bridge that will cross a ravine on the trail. It was intense work but all day I don’t believe that I ever heard one student complain. We were literally carrying rocks down the side of the mountain in order to prepare for the concrete tomorrow and the students worked non-stop, all day to get the project done. I can say with confidence that you would all be very proud of our students.
We had another work day this morning, and will follow with VBS this afternoon. Half of our team went into the city to invite the children to join us. Please be praying that we would be effective in demonstrating the love of Jesus despite all of our language and cultural differences. The students have worked hard to prepare and are excited to see what God will do in the lives of the children that join us and in our own lives.
One prayer request, Julia Sanderson, one of our leaders and fluent Spanish speaker dislocated her knee a couple of days ago. The doctors were able to reset her knee however, in order for her to have a further medical check-up, she will be returning home today. She worked really hard with Julie Hartsock and the students to prepare for VBS and we know that she will be missed and she will miss being a part of this element of our trip. Please pray for a safe trip for Julia and that she would not require any surgery or further medical treatment to her knee.
God continues to show up on the trip in mighty ways. We will have some much more to share with you all when we return at the end of the week. Thanks for the prayers and I will let you know how things go tomorrow after VBS.