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 All is well here in Puerto Cayo, Ecuador!

All is well here in Puerto Cayo, Ecuador!

Dear friends and family,
All is well here in Puerto Cayo, Ecuador! This past Saturday was a wonderful day, we were able to officially begin our evangelism in the town of Puerto Cayo. We had a great time as we walked around the town in groups, inviting people to our presentation in the square with the help of our new Ecuadorian friends from Manta. It was our first official presentation and went very well as the people remained engaged and interested in our Gospel message through puppets, drama, and music. Afterwards, the kids were excited for an opportunity to buy ice cream and snacks from the little store in the village. Aside from evangelism, the kids have been doing great work on the site. Projects such as clearing the land and leveling it for the installation of a new foundation have been keeping them busy. Ethan Forsythe drew quite a crowd as he proudly held up a cool little iguana that was found on the worksite.  Sunday was also a big day as we rented a bus and headed for Manta for our first church service in Ecuador. Worshipping with the people of Manta was amazing and blessed us all. Mr. Mike gave a great sermon as Emanuel translated for his church. After saying our goodbyes, we headed to the mall for a great lunch in the food court. Many of the boys unwittingly ordered a little more food than they meant to due to the language barrier, luckily they all have big appetites. Michael, Mr. Tim, and Cayden all headed straight for the barber shop and got an Ecuadorian haircut. The rest split up into our travel groups and had a wonderful time shopping and trying new foods. Kaleb and Joshua Landon are now sporting their matching sunglasses, an interesting purchase that they are rarely seen without, rain or shine. Siah and Ronan especially enjoyed the chocolate crepes, while Savy stocked up on some interesting Yuca chips and Thomas drank an abundance of the iconic Ecuadorian coffee. After an exciting day at the mall, we packed it up and hopped on the bus headed for a different church where we would perform our presentation. Luckily, Cayden has displayed a gift for fixing electronics which came in handy when our saber (the device used to play music for the dramas and puppets) began to have difficulty. The presentation went wonderfully and blessed both the congregation and our kids as they were able to share the love of Christ. Lane graciously used her talent to translate Dade's powerful testimony, as well as to give intros to each act. The youth group in Manta thoughtfully made us all cute bracelets, complete with a cross and the colors of the country of Ecuador, gifts we will all treasure. The night ended with a bang as we stopped at a unique open air restaurant and ate some great food. A late arrival back home meritted a rare opportunity to sleep in until 7 the next morning. Having been blessed with such a great and refreshing weekend, we are all ready to face the coming week with new energy. We thank you all for your support and prayer, know that we keep you all in our prayers too. 
Dios te bendiga,
Victoria and Taryn
A word from the kids
"Everything is going really well with our project and I'm growing a lot in God and my personal relationship with Him. I miss you family!" -Lane C.
"We're starting to get quite a bit done here and I am learning a lot about my relationship with God." -August E.
"Hey I am doing alright. I am so excited for our next opportunity to evangelize!" 
-Josh L.
"Doing good, not as hot as I thought it would be. We started building a new kitchen and we are working on a soccer field. Miss all of you!" -Cayden G.
"I'm healthy, happy, and safe!" -Levi M.
"Ecuador has been so awesome, I'm doing great. Missing y'all!" Natalia S.
"I'm still learning and growing in Christ. God has been so present here." Dade G.

Hello from the Lord's Boot Camp!!!

It is now day three at Boot Camp and things are well underway. The team members have all arrived safely and have settled into life here in Florida. On arrival day, all the kids were excited to meet one another and as soon as their team members would arrive in the Big Top, they would play games with each other to get to know one another. There have been a few storms the last couple of days, but it makes the evenings cooler and so far all of the team members have reported that their tents are still nice and dry (Praise the Lord!).

Hello from Boot Camp!

We are well into the first week of Boot Camp and all the kids are thriving. It has been a little bit tough trying to keep dry here in Florida because it has been raining every day since the kids arrived. However, we can still say that everyone has a dry tent, praise the Lord!

Hello From the Lord's Boot Camp!

We are finishing week one and it is good to have the end in sight. All the kids can't believe that they are halfway done with Boot Camp and the idea of being in Ecuador in a week is exciting.

Today marks the last day of official Boot Camp classes.

Today marks the last day of official Boot Camp classes and training as the next two will be in preparation for Commissioning and Pack Out day. There is an undeniable excitement in the air as the team overcame the midweek tiredness. A

Ecuador Safe Arrival

The team, as well as our baggage, arrived safely to our destination after a smooth trip. The people here welcomed us with open arms and are as happy to see us as we are to see them.

Hello From Puerto Cayo!!

Now that we have been in Ecuador for a couple of days the team is really getting into the routine of life. We have been working on the property we are staying at by weeding and tearing down grassy areas that the natives are gonna use for a potential work site.

Hello From Puerto Cayo!

We have officially been here for one week and we are very excited at all that has happened here. We have been slowly improving the property where we are staying by tearing up grass and weeds, picking up trash and digging some trenches for pipes.

All is well here in Puerto Cayo!

There are exciting opportunities for work and evangelism both this week and the next that everyone is looking forward to. God bless!

All is well here in Puerto Cayo, Ecuador!


"God is doing great things here in Ecuador. I am having a lot of fun working, evangelizing, hanging out with friends, and eating muchos helados! I miss y'all but I will see you soon." -Savannah B.

Life is good here in Puerto Cayo!

We have had an incredibly eventful weekend. Our hosts threw us a big going away party and we celebrated our time here with around 80 kids from Manta and Pacoche.

We are excited to know that we will see you all in a little over a week!

We are excited to know that we will see you all in a little over a week! Today is packout day and we are all full of anticipation for the trip to Quito that awaits us tomorrow.