Woke up to another beautiful morning! A lot of students chose to get up early enough to go out and have their quiet time and do their Bible study before breakfast.
We enjoyed another home made breakfast which consisted of scrambled eggs from hens on the property. We also get to try juices at each meal made from local fruits. The white pineapple is to die for!!! Immediately following breakfast we all met down by the Carpenters Shed and split into our 6 work teams.
One group is digging trenches for an irrigation system in the gardens.
One group is splitting rocks, pouring cement, and hoisting tree trunks to make some Arbors near the garden area.
One group is cutting drywall in order to move existing electrical for the new kitchen.
One group is measuring/cutting/drilling/nailing wood to build a frame for the equipment trailer at the climbing
One group is clearing trees and stumps from the side of the mountain. They are also de-barking the trees they have cut down.
One group is clearing brush, small trees and stumps to continue a path that works it’s way up the mountain.
The kids have worked incredibly hard today. And when say they worked hard … Wait till you see the photos. Back breaking digging, hours of using a machete to clear trees, shovels and pick axes to de-stump the hillside, pick axes to break up rocks to use in the cement, sledge hammers to loosen bark on the fallen trees and bare hands to pull/strip the bark off. HARD labor, ALL day! And NO complaining. Just a lot of blisters and some pretty tired campers.
Every day that we are here at El Refugio we have a “free-time” between 4-6pm. Some kids take naps, but some of the other activities the kids engage in are: cards/games, volleyball, soccer, laying in the sun, completing their daily Bible study, hiking and hanging out talking and getting to know each other better. Today some of us met in our VBS teams to go over details of what we need to know/do tomorrow afternoon for our first day with the children. Then a group of kids walked together to Cale Cali, the little town we are near, to invite the children of the town to our VBS tomorrow.
Tonight after dinner the kids were able to scale the climbing wall. What a FUN time! Between the running commentary from Noah Barbel and the technical difficulty with Marcus Harper’s harness, we were all laughing a LOT!!!
Tonight’s worship time around the bonfire was wonderful. Ken O’Brien talked about where we find our identity: Sports, friends, looks, money, etc? What would happen if any of those things were taken away? How would our life look different if our identify was found in Christ?
Again, thank you for your continued prayers. We are healthy and well and enjoying all that each day has to offer.
Team Quito Quest
PS). You will notice a dog “Lola” in some of the pictures. Everyone LOVES Lola. She is a dog that lives here at the mission and spends the day “hanging out” with the students where ever they are. I am sure you will hear a lot about Lola when your child gets home.