Ecuador 2007 Mission Trip
The group at the church in Guayllabamba
spring break a group of high school students from Chestnut Mountain
Church went to Ecuador to help with a variety of mission projects
through Carps On A Mission. Groups were divided up between construction
projects in Guayllabamba and Ninos en Riesgo, a community service
project run through the Alliance Christian Church. Both of these
projects rely on the help of foreign missionaries to partner with them
to make a difference in their communities.
Students painted at Guayllabamba the Ecuatoriano way and
showed that they were flexible and willing to work according to
whatever rules applied at the time to get the job done!
Working with the kids at the Ninos en Riesgo as well as
doing painting and general maintenance provided everyone with the
feeling that we need to really appreciate what we have at home and do
what we can to help those around us. You can beat yourself up over the
situation God has placed you in over someone else, but use your
circumstances to do what God has in mind for you.
Construction at the church included building tables, a one of a kind
bookcase, electrical wiring, and a variety of plumbing. Again, our way
was not the way that seemed to work for the Ecuadorianos we were
working with, but we continued to smile and be the Christian example
that Jesus would expect of us.
Projects with the kids were the most fun and rewarding. You had to be
willing to get paint in the least likely places, and none of the kids
to leave without their new backpack proudly displayed, wet paint or not!
Inside the church, groups set up
dividing the resources we brought, including clothing, toys, medical
and VBS supplies. Later in the week, groups painted several murals in
the childrens' areas that really added a lot of color and fun to the
places they would be learning about God.
The church service on Sunday at
Guayllabamba and Cheka gave the group a chance to experience the
culture first hand and get to know the people better. It was long and
hot, but everyone kept a positive attitude and participated in any way
Everyone was very appreciative of what we had to share and gave back
from the bottom of their hearts what they had for us.
God has a purpose and plan for every
person on this trip as well as everyone who calls themselves a
Christian. Everyone just needs to make themselves available and open to
what God may call them to do, and realize that He will prepare the way
and care for you along the way. Even when you may feel you are alone,
know that He will never leave you, forsake you, or give you more than
you can bear.
"Let us not
become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a
harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us
do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of