This summer I had the privilege of spending 2 1/2 months in San Jose and Curia, Ecuador. I lived with missionaries and taught English in the elementary school there.
After school I assisted short term teams with small projects. Every week I helped lead bible lessons for the children. The church there began in January and had 7 regular attenders. Every week I would visit them along with the missionaries. I got to know all of them well. There are two teenage sisters in the church and they became my best friends. Every Saturday we had baking day. The pastor's wife, Karen, is my Ecuadorian twin. We are so similar and we became best friends. Every week we had choir practice and I helped lead worship. I loved my time in Ecuador and I adored the people. God showed me how important it is to love people. In Ecuador, you couldn't just invite people to youth group or bible study and expect them to love Jesus. Those things did not exist. In Ecuador it is all about people. There weren't specified days of the week where we ministered to people and talked about Jesus. I learned how important it is to use every opportunity to engage in people's lives and show them what life with Jesus is all about.
Point Professors Alan and Allison Kemper and their daughter also spent part of their summer serving with me in Ecuador. Alan is passionate about seeing Point students serving there in the future. I pray that you get to know my Ecuadorian family too!!
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