Yesterday evening, the team went to Montanitas, the largest town in the area of Curia. Montanitas is a beach town where a lot of people come from all over the world to surf and live a traveler’s life. It is a very grungy, fast paced, area filled with street vendors selling food, jewelry, paraphernalia, and “happy” brownies.
Amidst all the hustle & bustle, we came across a street vendor who was selling jewelry. We asked about her story, and found out that she is from Spain and was a Judo Instructor before she came to Ecuador two years ago. Also, she let us know that she would soon be taking a trip back to Spain to visit family. We felt lead to pray for her, and so we asked if we could pray for her trip to Spain. Her reaction was that of a surprise. She said that nobody had ever offered to do that for her before, and she was very joyous and grateful for the offer. She also asked us if we would pray for her relationship because they had previously seen troubles. Surrounded by the growing noise and the busyness of the city’s nightlife, we held hands and prayed in the name of Jesus. I was concerned for her merchandise, so at times I was praying with my eyes open, and while glancing at her I saw the great sincerity with which she was praying.
After we prayed she seemed to want to continue the conversation. She began to talk about what she believes, which was keeping a positive outlook as a goal she aimed for in order to cope with life. We said we believe in the Lord and following him. We also explained that knowing the Lord has lead us to love people, this week loving people included painting houses and doing bible school. Additionally, we encouraged her desire to go home and see family and take advantage of having a father and mother still alive. She was so engaged in our conversation that she ignored a possible paying customer for us non-payers.
This interaction continues to affirm prior experience that people very rarely turn down the opportunity to be prayed for, and are often very grateful.
See you soon!