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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! We have had many exciting experiences recently, from a flood in the kitchen/girl's room to an overnight in Pacoche. Tuesday morning all was going smoothly until Levi rushed over to me and announced that the room was in fact flooding. We ran over to see that a small waterfall had formed, spilling water from the cistern upstairs into our living space. It was quite a sight to see everyone filing in with buckets, brooms and mops to save our luggage and mattresses from getting soaked. Everyone handled the situation wonderfully, as an assembly line was quickly formed with Jordan scooping out water into buckets which was then transferred outside. Ethan Caron sacrificed his towel, a valiant effort that ended up being in vain for the towel was no match for the rushing water. Fortunately, the water was shut off and the situation was put under control as we ate breakfast and mopped up afterwards. Everyone exemplified a great attitude and simply laughed at the predicament. Savy optimistically  pointed out that it was probably the cleanest the floors have ever been. After the small hiccup, work was resumed and they continued work on the foundation for the kitchen and the soccer field. They worked together very well with the Ecuadorian youth group that came to help in our endeavors, not letting the language barrier prevent them from forming fast friendships. After ending the day with great devotions, guy and girl Bible studies, and worship, we settled into bed to prepare for the coming days. We left the next morning for Pacoche, where we would be taking an amazing trip to see the town of San Pedro while standing on a mountain peak with a lighthouse overlooking the ocean. Getting to watch the humpback whales as they breached the surface of the water was an amazing display of God's beautiful creation and is a memory that will last forever. We were also able to go to two different kids clubs and perform our presentation for them, both of which went wonderfully. It is evident that Mary and Natalia have a gift for the dramas and puppet shows as they entertain the children with happy smiles on their faces. Everyone's favorite part of the trip is getting to play with the Ecuadorian children after the presentation, whether it be a game of soccer, basketball, or "fuego la montaña." Another highlight was the hike into the jungle to see the amazing wildlife and foliage here in Ecuador. The guide coaxed a giant tarantula out of his home, much to the dismay of some of the girls. We all posed for a picture next to a massive, ancient tree and enjoyed all the stories and history behind many of the tropical plants. We praise God for such a successful week and are looking forward to our final week here. We appreciate your prayer and support and are so excited to see you all again.

Dios te bendiga,

Victoria and Taryn

A word from the kids

"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.

"Doing well and spreading the Word of God. Having fun and miss y'all!" -Michael L.

"We are having fun, making new friends, and sharing the Gospel!" -Josh C.

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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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.

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.