As I sit here and reflect on all that has happened this past week, I can’t help but be astounded by everything God has done through our kids.
Time and again they have selflessly given themselves to serving the kids of San Jose and Curia.
Noah and Ryan have been absolute kid magnets, every time we went to recess they were weighed down by 6 or 7 kids each.
Emma and Seth are a couple of budding artists and drew some great mural pieces at the daycare center just around the corner from the community center.
Ryan and Justin created a human ladder to let Cody get up to where he needed to paint.
Carly has been the babysitter extraordinaire taking care of Karen’s (the wife of Luis who is the pastor of the church in San Jose) baby so she could teach and prepare for kids group.
Thank goodness for Taylor and Kaleigh without whom we may have never been able to make the Jiffy Pop right, but apart from that they have both loved on the kids like they have known them for a lifetime.
Brantley has shown a side of himself that I had never seen before and jokingly asked if he could bring a few of the kids home with us.
Caitlyn and Raegan were so good at including everyone in the activities and finding more kids to join.
Kip can hit a home run with his eyes closed, but when he led our baseball group he didn’t use this time to show off his skills but really lit up when he got to teach the kids about the game.
Jacqueline unquestioningly served wherever needed and was constantly encouraging others.
Ashleigh came up big and helped me figure out a craft idea in a super short amount of time with the leftover craft supplies we had.
Destinee was selfless on the field, passing the ball and high-fiving kids on both her team and the other team. She was one of the few girls to brave the soccer field.
Maddie stepped it up and sang and served communion in today church service.
Carlee didn’t let a little sinus pain hold her down, she got some rest and rallied right back.
Stephane’s paper flower craft went over great.
Lauren has kept the girls laughing and has been great with them.
And last but not least Uncle Rondo has been awesome, constantly translating for everyone, running kids back and forth to the Tiendas to buy cookies and soda, and inviting kids from the neighborhood to be a part of what we are doing.
I am so thankful for the team that Jesus has put together to serve Him. It is bittersweet while I type this, thinking that while this has been an incredible week, it is almost over and afterward this exact team will not likely ever be all together here again. It has truly been like we are a family. We have had our moments of being annoyed, like all families, but we have grown so close. Thank you for trusting Jesus and sending your kids on this trip, I know they have all been touched by the people of these two sleepy little towns in coastal Ecuador and I pray that the work Jesus has started in them here will continue when they return home.
Thank you for allowing your children to be a part of something much bigger than themselves, part of the Ecuadorian family.
We love you and we thank Christ for you. God bless, we’ll see you Tuesday.
– Ed Udvadia