What a perfect day!! Started with waking up to yet another gorgeous morning. Some of us left at 6:15 am to hike to the cross at the top of the mountain. Such a breathtaking place to do our devotions and have our quiet time. Enjoyed a quick breakfast and loaded a bus to head to Carapungo where La Rocca Skate Church/ministries is located (about an hour away). I can’t even begin to tell what a blessing it was to be there today to witness their grand eye-opening. La Rocca had been closed for a month in which they more than doubled the size of their skate park. Something that FBCG had a huge part in making a reality. The pictures will speak for themselves, but there was a huge turnout and our students were able to witness some spectacular skate boarding, interact with some of the inner-city kids, and serve them lunch. We also started a soccer game on the field just outside the park so everyone had fun playing and socializing. Close to the end of our day there, our group walked to town and was treated to pastries and ice cream. After loading the bus, one of the skater kids from La Rocca asked to come on the bus to say “thank you”. He shared that when he first came to La Rocca he had dropped out of school and was into drugs. Through the skate ministry of La Rocca he found Christ, was baptised, and was given financial help to finish high school so he will be graduating after next year. He said that la Rocca is the first place where he has felt like he “belonged” and that it saved his life. He was thankful that we could come and see the ministry that our church help support and he was blessed to meet us and hoped he would see us again. It was really neat to see God at work in such tangible ways!
When we returned from La Rocca, we had a couple hours of free time to use as we wanted. The El Refugio staff opened up the “Leap of Faith”. Some of you parents might not want to see the pictures if your child participated in that activity. (Jk). It is a skinny climbing pole about 40 feet high that they scale, then try to stand up on, and jump to a trapeze bar and try to catch it. (FYI … They have a harness on). Of course, Noah Barbel was screaming, “Is this even legal????” As he tried to scale the pole. The answer? … ” In Ecuador it is!” Lol!!!
Some other students chose to nap, play cards, hang out and chat, shower, and braid each other’s hair with flowers from the field (?). Our students have been doing a great job of interacting with everyone on our team. It is fun to watch new friendships develop and see others strengthened as we get to know each other better every day.
One little side note, unfortunately, Marcus Harper got sick and was pretty ill for one day and two nights. He was unable to go to the skate park with us today, but thankfully was feeling much better by the time we got back. (Praise the Lord!)
Also, we had an Ecuadorian delicacy for dinner tonight. Most kids tried it and thought it tasted like beef or turkey jerky. When Rick brought it out and showed us … we found out it was … Seared monkey!
Team Quito Quest