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Ecuador: Day 10 Update

This morning started a bit earlier than usual because church “begins” at 9am in Lote 3, so we planned on having our team devotions while we waited for church to actually begin. However, they were ready to begin church shortly after 9 so we never got to have our devotions. Church began with some worship…
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Ecuador: Day 9 Update

We headed up the mountain as usual after breakfast and devotions. As soon as we arrived, Mark, Jim, Brett and Todd headed to San Antonio with our interpreter Liz to visit the community bulk tank there. The bulk tank at San Antonio is far ahead of where the tank is at Lote 3, and they…
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Ecuador: Day 8 Update

Devotions and breakfast as usual, and then we headed up the mountain. We did not head to the church right away…we stopped at the school this morning. After a greeting by the children, and a little bit of time greeting each other, we started the activities we had planned. Jim, Mark, Brett and Todd headed…
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Ecuador: Day 7 Update

  The day started with devotions and breakfast at the hostel.  1 of our trucks headed to the  grocery store to purchase supplies for the Day for Women, 1 truck headed to the hardware store to buy a hose for cleaning the bulk tank, and the other 2 headed to Lote 3. Today was the…
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Ecuador: Day 6 Update

Today was our shopping day, so we were allowed to sleep in a bit later than usual, and eat a seim-leisurely breakfast. We loaded into a rented “school bus”…and by “school bus” I mean van somewhere between the size of a mini van and a 15 passenger van, as well as our coordinators vehicle. We…
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Ecuador: Day 5 Update

Our morning began with the usual devotions and breakfast, and quickly got on our way to the mountain. Mark, Jim and Brett went with Richard and Renee (Merge facilitators) to purchase lumber to be used for building tables and benches for the patio area. The rest of the team rode in trucks to the school…
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Ecuador: Day 4 Update

Today started as usual… team devotions (studying Philippians 2:3-8) and breakfast, followed by a truck ride up the mountain again. We began some construction and destruction work today. As Jim stated, “you know we’ve been here a long time when we see the concrete we put up starts coming down.” The first part of the…
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Ecuador: Day 3 Update

Our day started with locally made biscochos (a flaky cookie type pastry) covered in caramel, passionfruit juice and ham and potato omelets. The team had devotions led by Melissa where we studied Acts 10:1-35. Most of the team decided to walk to church down the hill 15-20 minute walk where we were accompanied by Pastor…
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Ecuador: Day 2 Update

Today began very early for Mark and Jim as they had a meeting with several people from FACE and the president of the Ecuadorian Covenant Church (IPEE).  They brought a proposal to begin a microfinancing program in Ecuador.  This program is written by HOPE International, and helps people to build trust within the church and community…
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Ecuador: Day 1 Update

Our team was up bright and early to meet at church by 6:30am. We headed to the airport to catch our flight. One concern this time was the fact that we each were only allowed 1 bag to check under the plane, and we had a lot of extra supplies to bring to Eucador. We…
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