Quito Experiment, Day 2

11 07 2017

This was our first day on site. Before we set out for VBS however, we all gathered for a time of worship. There are 30 folks here from 3 different churches in the US. The churches are divided into 3 different ministry teams. One team stays here at the school working with children through sports ministry. Another group goes out to a brand new church plant to assist the church with VBS. Our group also assists with VBS at the same church where we worshipped on Sunday.

We Northside 8 are joined with 4 others from a church in Santa Fe. We were prepared for 60 children but ended up having 41. The pastor told me that none of the children from the church were actually at VBS today. Most of who we shared the gospel with were children from unchurched families. He was very encouraged by this and we should expect even more children tomorrow.

Connor did a great job teaching the lesson, the story of Creation, to the children. They know that humans are created in the image of God and that makes humans the highpoint of all creation. Not only that, God wants to be in relationship with us. We are truly cared for and loved by God.

Eden also shared with the children about being made in the image of God and how that makes them the most valuable thing in all of the world.

Sara led the students through a craft reinforcing the lesson that Connor and Eden shared with the children. They considered what it meant to be made in the image of God and that He has placed His thumbprint on mankind.

Nathan and Sam led the children in recreation. The location is less than ideal, a small, concrete courtyard with no equipment to speak of. There are two pieces of lumber with rebar welded into the shape of basketball goals. But, you couldn’t convince the children that they were lacking. Everyone had a great time.

After VBS, we visited two families. The first family was a grandmother who was taking care of her bed-ridden daughter, who is 36 years old. She has a brain tumor and is basically at home in a coma or coma-like state most of the time. We gave her a small gift and Eden and Connor prayed with the family before we left. As we were leaving, Pastor Edison presented the children in the home with shoeboxes from Operation Christmas Child. That was a very special moment.

The second home we visit was with David, and young 20-something who had been diagnosed with a brain tumor. He underwent treatment and the most recent scan had shown no tumor. However, one year ago he had a biopsy, after which we woke up paralyzed. He gave us a “thumbs-up” to indicate he was happy to see us. Again we shared a word with his mother and then Connor and Donovan prayed for the family.

We concluded our night with some of the guys playing basketball and the rest of us playing Phase 10. God is good. It has been a joy to watch my students engage with other people and lead in ministry. I am so proud of this group of students and can’t wait to see what God has in store for the rest of the week.

Quito Experiment, Day 2 – it’s starting to come together, but keep praying

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