Coming to Ecuador feels like coming home. It’s family. Every time I leave this place, I never know if I’ll be back or if I’ll ever see these people again. And then God blows my mind and does the impossible and I’m here again. Running up to friends you built relationships with last time and embracing them with everything you have is indescribable. Having kids run up to you in the schools and telling you they remember you from last year and then seeing how much they’ve grown…Pictures and words could never do it justice. But I’ll try to bring a small glimpse through this blog.
God has been working so much here in the past six days. Me and two other interns (Rachael and Devin) have been working with a team from Savannah Christian Church who are here only for a week. I can honestly say I’ve never worked with a team that has gotten along so well together. Every single person on this team is a team player. And it’s been exciting to see how God has moved in each of their hearts this week.
Over the week we’ve been painting houses, doing medical visits, working with special needs kids, and throwing community parties for the local kids and families. It’s beautiful to see the relationships being built as we work in the communities.
I don’t think I could have asked for a better first week.
I will say that the coolest thing happened here yesterday morning at the church service. During the service, the pastor’s wife Karen (who is AWESOME) announced in tears that her child Catalya was at the hospital and was throwing up with fever. At the time, Catalya was visiting her grandparents in a city two hours away. Karen announced that she would have to leave early to go there and see her. One of my leaders on the team had it on his heart that everyone should go up and lay hands on Karen and pray for Catalaya. So we did just that. And about twenty five minutes later, Karen got a call from her parents saying that Catalaya was all well and out of the hospital and that she even ate breakfast! We got to witness a miracle take place that morning. It was incredible.
As the summer goes on, I’ll be using this blog to share about the people I meet and their stories and show a glimpse of what God is doing down here in Ecuador. I am still blown away that I get an opportunity like this. This week would not have gone so well if it wasn’t for your prayers. So thank you. I see God moving here and I cannot wait to see what’s up ahead.
– Amanda Carson