Ecuador: Student Trip is Half Over

It's late here.  Several of of decided to attend church tonight with a Quechuan community Apatug and we just arrived back at camp.

Time for some pictures?

 

Cole being interviewed

Cole being interviewed

On Saturday we started with a tour of downtown Quito which dates to the 1500s.  As North Americans we attracted the attention of some school kids with an assignment to interview tourists.  The fact that we were a group of students was a huge plus!

 

Church in Tenna

Church in Tenna

It was sort of like Super Bowl Sunday on Sunday:  We had church, celebrated Fathers' Day and watched Ecuador lose a heartbreaker to Switzerland.

 

It's called a Ranchera

It's called a Ranchera

For our time in the jungle camp, this is how we got around.  Plenty of fresh, hot, humid air.  Could have been Florida or Manila.  By the way, who knew the jungle got so cold at night?

 

The main area at the Jungle Camp

The main area at the Jungle Camp

Open air with plenty of bugs and a great view of the Napo river.  That's Wendy on the table helping the boys play cards.  She is the daughter of the camp caretakers.

 

Sunday afternoon with the church at Vencia

Sunday afternoon with the church at Vencia

Here are your kids leading the VBS songs Sunday afternoon.

 

Juice time

Juice time

What VBS is complete without juice and crackers at the end?

 

The VBS production for Monday featured Joseph and his coat of many colors

The VBS production for Monday featured Joseph and his coat of many colors

Notice anyhting different about the church by Monday afternoon?  Like a complete coat of paint.  The other North Americans with us are interns with Steve Thomspson this summer.  I think there are a dozen of them helping us, which is great.

 

The "sanders family"

The "sanders family"

I lost count of the bundles of b-board this crew sanded for the church building (Coal and Robert we off getting some much needed hydration, but they were part of the "family" too).  They did a great job.  Want to see where all the wood was put to use?  Check this out:

 

 

The outside is almost finished

The outside is almost finished

OK, that's all I've got for tonight.  Time for some rest.  Would you pray for us?  Specifically that we each don't let the work and the tasks get in the way of knowing Him better, hearing His voice more clearly, being more focused on what he is doing all around us.  God is in the business of building and rebuilding lives when we agree to do it his way instead of ours.  He's in the life construction business.  You ought to see what he can do with a table saw!