Ecuador Update 7
We’re back! We made it back safe and sound this afternoon around 4:00 pm. The jungle was amazingly beautiful and we had a wonderful time.
We left El Refugio around 8:30 am on Wednesday morning. We all had to pack everything we needed for two days (including towel and 2 pairs of shoes) in a backpack. We made the six hour trek through the winding mountains without anyone getting sick. However, I think most of us took Dramamine! We stopped 1/2 way to eat some sandwiches on the side of the road and made it to a small town called Rio Negro in time for dinner. We split into two teams: one team went to a Young Life meeting and the other group held a VBS for the children of the town. Both events went really well but it was a long day and we didn’t get to the house where we were sleeping until about 11 pm. It was raining really hard all afternoon, evening and through the night.
The next morning we were up early so we could load the bus and head about an hour into the jungle to hike up to the waterfall where about 13 of our students were gettting baptized. It was still pouring in the morning, but by the time we arrived at our location, it was only overcast and we had a rain free day. We took some time to hear the students testimonies before hiking to the waterfall for the baptisms. It was such a special time! It was even more special because both Pastor Sterling and Pastor Brian had arrived on Tuesday evening and Sterling was able to perform the baptisms and Pastor Brian baptised his son Micah.
That afternoon we went to the Young Life Center to have lunch and hear about their ministry. We then toured Nate Saint’s House. He was one of the 5 missionaries killed while trying to reach the Waorani Tribe. We then hiked to a waterfall called the devils Cauldron. A beautiful and powerful waterfall! After the waterfall hike, Rick Borman had arranged for us to have dinner at a local trout farm. I was amazed at how many of the students not only ate the smoked trout, but even tried the eyeballs!
Unfortunately, we had to say good bye to Rick Borman after dinner as he had to head back to the states. But we all feel so fortunate and grateful to have had him with us for so much of our trip!
After dinner, we headed back to the house and enjoyed a wonderful evening of worship and was blessed to have Pastor Brian share Gods word with us. We then had some free time of just hanging out. The house was very large and open so we had some students singing and playing the guitar and bongo drum, while several groups played cards, twister, hung out and talked, etc. it was a wonderful day!!!
This morning we got to sleep in just a little … Didn’t have breakfast until 8 am! We needed to get packed up and clean the house then loaded the bus for the long trek home. The bus trips were a lot of fun with lots of laughter, games, yelling through tunnels, and sleeping. Once again, Dramamine was in high demand, and no one got sick. Once we got near Quito, we stopped at a local supermarket so we could buy some food gifts to bring home to our family and friends. The “mora” jelly is one of the favorites items coming home.
We have our final full work day tomorrow. Please continue to pray for continued good health and good attitudes as we complete our last couple days.
Team Quito Quest