woke up to yet another gorgeous morning! Everyone was up and out of their cabins before 7:30 am to either hike to a spot or just find a quiet place for their morning devotions. Had baked oatmeal this morning with bananas and honey from the property. And then split up into our work teams again to continue working on the projects we started yesterday. Once again, attitudes were great and the team had a lot of fun while working hard! We then had a quick lunch of “walking tacos” and started getting ready for our first day of VBS. Some of our students walked back into the town to gather the children and we had close to 100 kids attend our first day of VBS. (I’m sure there will be more on Monday after the word gets out!). We spent the first hour playing in the big field. There were children of all ages so we had a couple soccer games going, football 500, tag, jump rope, kick ball, bubbles, and their favorite … Piggy back rides! It’s always a interesting to try and welcome and get to know someone when you don’t speak the same language. But our students did an awesome job of smiling, hugging and interacting today! We then circled them up and sang some songs and split them into three groups. We had three stations for them to rotate through: Craft, Skit/Bible Story, and games. The Bible story for today was about Joseph. During the games section they played games with a big parachute that we brought from home. The kids loved it!
The exciting event that everyone is looking forward to this evening is watching Ecuador in the soccer tournament. The staff from El Refugio have set up a big screen in one of the meeting rooms so we can all watch. All the El Refugio staff are wearing their Ecuador soccer jerseys today.
Tonight our campfire worship experience was amazing. Rick Borman spoke about being completely surrendered to Christ. What better person to speak on that??? Each night ends with the students pairing off to do one-on-ones to process and reflect on what they just heard.
Tomorrow we are headed out to La Roca, the Skate Park Ministry the Lugenbill’s started down here several years ago. So stay tuned for info on our escapades tomorrow.
Team Quito Quest