FC: ECUADOR 2012
1: Eric Ewing | Debbie Ewing | Lindy Sage | Darcy Craig | Nina Evans | Emilia Saint | Roger Saint | Brenda McDowell | Wayne Rudd | Donella Rudd | Tim Bridges | James McGinn | Dixie McGinn | Ecuador Work and Witness Team Members July 19 - July 31, 2012 | Leanne Boskers
2: Our Team left from Calgary on July 19. Three team members flew through Toronto to Columbia to Guayaquil. The rest of the team flew to Dallas to Miami to Guayaquil.
3: The lovely snack that was waiting for us when we arrived at the District Centre | Men's dorm and our dining room! | Ladies Dorm Room | Loaded truck at Guayaquil Airport
4: In Front of the District Centre in Guayaquil which was our home base. Waiting to load up to head out to the church project.
5: J | Monte Sinai July 20, 21, and 23 | Preparing the outside entrance to access second floor stairs
6: This was the only access to the second floor of the church where the Children's Programs were held. Also the bathroom and kitchen area was on the second level
8: Putting in the forms. Making and pouring the cement for the stairs.
10: Installing water lines to toilets, sink, installing drain lines, putting doors on bathroom stalls and doing some electrical work.
12: Dana is giving us instructions to go out into the community and invite the people to the Children's Program, Hygiene Clinic and the Jesus Film to be held on July 21. This was very much out of many of our comfort zones. The people were so gracious as we struggled with our limited Spanish to invite them out to these events. It is amazing how God places the right people in the right place at the right time. As we were inviting a young mother to our events, she asked us to pray for her as she was going through treatments for breast cancer. We gathered around her in her humble home and each of us prayed for her. Emilia translated our prayers for us. Emilia then was able to share that she was a survivor of breast cancer for 15 years. What an encouragement this was to this mother. Our God is so good!
13: The homes around Monte Sinai
14: We did Children's Program on Saturday Morning . The Children loved playing with the Parachute. We sang songs, had puppet show and presented the Salvation message. Each Child received a salvation bracelet and a bag of goodies. We presented the Sunday School Leader with a soccer ball with the salvation colours.
15: On Saturday afternoon we presented a hygiene clinic for the mothers and children. We demonstrated how germs are passed to each other and then showed how to wash your hands properly by having them sing the song "Lava Lava los manos" . The children were given colouring projects and each mother was presented with a hygiene kit
16: We presented the Jesus Film on Saturday evening. We brought chairs down from the church and blocked off the roadway to show the film. | When the team members were out inviting people to come to the Jesus film on Saturday evening, they met a single mom with five children. Two of the children were handicapped. She shared that she was unable to come to the film since she was unable to bring her handicapped children on her own. Darcy and Roger went back that evening and brought the family to showing. The mom went forward when the altar call was given. What a blessing this was to the whole team. It is just amazing how our God works His miracles!
17: We were honoured by Clever and his family with an awesome lunch on our final day at Monte Sinai. What a blessing this was.
18: We will miss these wonderful people . A piece of our hearts have been left at Monte Sinai
20: It was so hard to say goodbye. Our lives will never be the same.
21: J | James brought a new language to Ecuador....wassup? Everywhere we went we knew if James had been there cause you would hear "Wassup?" He had a powerful ministry with the youth!
22: Sunday morning we worshiped at the District Centre. What a blessing it was. We may not have known the words to the songs but we definitely felt the moving of the Spirit. They even learned an English song to sing with us.
23: We had the privilege of being able to pray with the mother of one the youth that had drowned at La Playas after the morning service.
24: Sunday evening we went to the Malecon. While we were waiting for Dana and Eduardo to join us after they parked the vehicles, Papa Noel (aka Wayne) created quite a stir. In a few minutes there must have been 50 or more photos taken. When the crowd started getting restless, we had to move on so we threw a hoody over his head. We had our supper then went out on a Pirate ship tour.
25: We climbed up 444 stairs to see the operating lighthouse and a beautiful church. By the time Wayne,Dana , Sherry, Rocio and myself made it almost to the top, the security was closing the gate to final steps. Dana went to them and said you don't want to disappoint Papa Noel so they opened the gate to let us in.
26: J | Laurel July 24, 25, and 26 | Laurel Church is the first Nazarene church in Ecuador and is still has the same Pastor. We began by cleaning out the area where we were pouring a floor for the kitchen area | This lovely guest was not very welcome and certainly caused a ruckus when it moved off the back of the chair!
27: We carried all the debris to front of church then had to bring it back in as it was going to be used as filler in the new platform area that was being made....only in Ecuador!
29: It was discovered that we needed more dirt to fill the area of the platform that was being extended so down to river we went to dig up some more dirt! | Then we ordered a truck load of dirt! | Sifting sand to make the cement.
30: The buildings in Laurel share a common wall. Wayne had to cut through the wall for the drain pipe. When he cut out the brick he did not realize that if he had cut out over less than an inch he would have cut into the house next to the church! God does take care of ALL things! | The best freezies!!
31: We ran power from the street side of the church back by the platform so that they could install their sound system
32: A cement mixer was rented from the Catholic church to pour the floor for the kitchen area. A condition of the rental was that an operator was provided.
33: We did Children's Program and Hygiene Clinic on Wednesday afternoon. We just blocked off one of the streets and set up chairs. We could not put out the chairs until 4 pm. The street was actually on the bus route but it did not create a problem. The bus just went around the block. Can you imagine what would happen if we did that here in Canada?!!
34: On Wednesday evening, the members of Laurel church made us a wonderful supper before we presented the Jesus film. Several people went forward and committed their lives. It was a very long exhausting day but certainly worth all of the work!
35: We had a very long day on July 25. It started early to work on the construction projects. Then the ladies did the Children's Program and hygiene clinic at 4 p.m and ended late in the day due to showing the Jesus film. It was a very rewarding in spite of being exhausted!
37: Brenda brought flutes from her school. Hilda and Brenda had a great time playing the flute. Hilda was a very eager and fast learner. Brenda presented these flutes to Sunday School director which brought her to tears. They were having a parade in a couple of weeks and she wanted to have something special for the children to do...God does provide all of our needs even those we are not aware of! God is so good!
38: James and Tim had a great time playing soccer with the children . | Leanne even got a new "do" from hairdresser across from church | One of the young boys brought his spider monkey. He was very surprised that I would have the monkey on my shoulder
39: The hardware store had a menagerie of birds and animals that everyone enjoyed so much
40: After a long day, this is how some traveled back the District Centre!
41: Some of the special people that touched our hearts in Laurel
45: Market Day
46: Cleaning Day and making Jackie's yummy empanadas!
47: On Friday we traveled to Playas (General Villamil) to have fun at the beach. Everyone had a great time even in spite of the sunburn some got. This is just a short distance from the beach where the two young men drowned from the District Centre.
48: Eric always kept watch on the ocean for us!
50: J | Salinas July 27, 28, and 29 | We arrived late afternoon to Salinas on Friday. We checked into our hotel and had a lovely supper in hotel dining room. After supper we had free time to be tourists and enjoy the markets and sights of Salinas.
51: The woodwork was just incredible. Loved the grain of the wood.
52: J | After supper we spent some time going through the market that was just across the street from our hotel. I just loved the paintings the gentleman did with his fingers. A dolphin picture came home with us. | My picture!
54: Debbie and Eric met Vincente when they were in Salinas at the market two years prior. They had shared with him what they were doing in Ecuador and gave him the team prayer card. When we went to the market, he recognized them and still remembered the scripture verse he had given them. We gave him our prayer card and these are the scripture verses that Vincente gave the team and each team member when we saw him the next day.
55: On Saturday morning, Wayne, Jackie, JuanPablo,, Lindy and Donella went out whale watching. It was amazing. We saw several whales up close. The cost was only $25.00 each!!
57: We did Children''s Ministry and Hygiene Clinic on Saturday afternoon at this church in Salinas. We presented them with a soccer ball in the salvation colours, bibles for new believers and new chairs
59: We did Children''s Ministry and Hygiene Clinic at Little Whale Town on Saturday. We presented them with a soccer ball in the salvation colours, bibles for new believers and new chairs. This is the church plant that the Pastora of Monte Sinai Church started. They have just started to build their building.
60: We did Children''s Ministry and Hygiene Clinic on Sunday morning at this church in Salinas. We presented them with a soccer ball in the salvation colours, bibles for new believers and new chairs
61: Pastor and his sons with Wayne
62: Jim, Dixie, Tim, Roger and Darcy went out fishing early Sunday morning. They saw some whales even a mother and infant. Darcy was the only one to catch a fish.
64: On Monday we went to visit the Iguana Park. You had to be careful when standing under the trees as you might get peed on by the iguanas up in the trees.
65: This church was just across the street from the Iguana Park. The stained glass was amazing. The pictures really do not show the detail. This was the first parish church in Guayaquil
66: The afternoon was spent at the market...what an amazing place. It was hard to believe all of the beautiful things for sale. We all had fun bartering and came home with many treasures!
67: Our final evening at the District Centre was rather bittersweet. Gifts were given and farewells said. Then we had to get packed up as we had to head to the airport at 5:00 am