I and eighteen others headed off for Quito Ecuador. Though we had all attended the same church for years, many of us had just met for the first time. Not one of us was prepared for the poverty we would face. The purpose of the trip was to minister to the people through bible schools and small repair jobs at their churches.
Our group faced many challenges while on the trip. One of the biggest challenges our group had to face was illness. I and sixteen others became very ill. I was confined to my room for two and a half days with flu like symptoms. As a result I was unable to go to the church to help with the bible schools and repair jobs. This was the same for every other person that was sick. Which led to very few being able to go and help at the church and the ones that could go had an overbearing work load.
There were so many beautiful things to see in Ecuador. On Sunday, after spending time in the church we were ministering to, we went to a beautiful park in Quito. We handed out tracks and played Frisbee with some of the children there. In the middle of our trip our group went to the capital. We were able to see where there president lived and other important buildings. Later in the week we had the opportunity to visit an Indian tribe up in the mountains. Farming was the primary source of income in the area which made it a very poor location, but the view was gorgeous. I could see for miles down to the city and out to other mountains. It took my breath away. We also went to a local market. There was so much to take in with all the scents and products. It was a lot of fun to walk around and see everything being sold.
Going on this trip brought me insight to so many things. We ministered to two churches in the ten days our group was there. While we were getting ready to leave the first church we had children giving us their stuffed animals, jewelry, and anything they could find. It touched me immensely to see them giving me their most prized possessions when they had so little. It made me feel so guilty for doing so little when I have so much. As I mentioned earlier, our group was blessed with the opportunity to visit an Indian tribe up in the mountains. We had just come from painting and we had paint all over us. When we got there the people were in their Sunday best waiting for us but they did not seem to care that we looked awful. They looked at us for who we were on the inside. They sang two songs to us. They loved God and were so happy with the little they had. The building they rented had no bathrooms, no heat, and no chairs, yet they were praising God. Ever since that night I have never stopped thanking God for all he has blessed me with.
On July 28, 2008 our group returned home with mixed emotions. I was happy to be home and to see my family again. Yet at the same time I was sad that I had to leave behind all the wonderful people I met. Though I may never see them again on the earth I know I will see them again in Heaven. I left knowing that I had made a difference.
Dear Reader: This page may contain affiliate links which may earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. Our independent journalism is not influenced by any advertiser or commercial initiative unless it is clearly marked as sponsored content. As travel products change, please be sure to reconfirm all details and stay up to date with current events to ensure a safe and successful trip.