In less than a week Gap V goes to Peru and says goodbye to Ecuador.
Month 2 has gone about 32X faster than month 1. Here are a few moments that describe the madness.
For a week the entire squad went to the top of a mountain outside Quito to help move bricks. Two teams on the squad have been helping with this for the whole month prior, but now all 48 of us joined in. The wall will surround a home for girls who’ve recently been rescued from sex/labor trade through a ministry called Dunamis. It was hard, amazing work.
Every week one of the teams I work with most, Team Abundance, helps prepare food for 200+ people. This means chopping carrots for eternity. Abundance almost always manages to make me laugh and I love them a lot.
I’ve had the privilege of a lot of adventure – visiting Cotopaxi Volcano/National Park and Quilotoa Lagoon. Nothing makes my mind rest like being small amongst beautiful creation.
Another ministry site we work with is called Camp Hope, and it’s a day care for children with severe special needs. Once a year they have a fundraising event and invite hundreds of people to celebrate the volunteers and the dozens of places they come from. People enjoy food, dancing and history of the countries. America was well represented…by us.
I went up the mountain to Dunamis ministry again last week, this time to document the girls about to live at the home and the jewelry they make. The thread they use is waxy, and they use candles to melt ends and remove frays. They were so skilled and kind in showing us what they do.
Last but not least, here’s all my people at the end of our month 1 debrief in Banos.
So here are just moments from a wild month. I’ve got more to say about the how the Lord is growing me, I’m stressed out, exhausted and thriving.