This afternoon, our team delivered the donated supplies to the Calderon Youth Center. Juan gave thanks to E Free for their continued prayers, commitment, and donations for the youth. Juan prayed that God would be glorified through the ministry in Calderon, and reminded the team that the youth ministry is God's ministry and His alone.
Today was also our first day of Vacation Bible School (VBS) in Calderon. Total attendance was 44 children, praise the Lord! The theme is, "My Life Gift From God." The children chose team names and created a cheer for their teams. Following that, we played outdoor/indoor games, taught a mini-English lesson, and Mark gave his testimony. It was a blessed day, and we are looking forward to VBS tomorrow.
Thank you for your prayers and commitment to the Calderon Youth Center. We hope you enjoy the pictures.
Blessings from Team Ecuador,
Mark, Marcelo, Lori, Nico, and Bridgette
We started our day with breakfast at the local restaurant, Bom Café, in Quito. Juan drives in everyday to pick us up to travel to Calderon for VBS and brings us back afterward which is a total of 160 miles a day. He commented that he and his wife prayed for a car and prayed that they could use a car for ministry, so he is so happy that he has this opportunity to serve us while we are in Quito. We stopped at a grocery store to pick up snacks for VBS and were able to pay for all the snacks from donations from our church members -- thank you! We had 53 children in attendance today. They drew pictures of animals and the drawings were used to play bingo. Marcelo taught the Bible lesson and Lori gave her testimony; the children had lots of questions for her. Today was Carolina's birthday. She is one of the leaders of the youth Center and is Juan's daughter. We ended the night by celebrating Carolina's birthday at TGIF. It was a great day!
We have a praise to share. Last night we discovered that Bridgette's backpack, which contained all her valuables, was left at a restaurant. Thank God that one of the workers found it and the manager put it in the safe. Not one thing was missing when it was picked up. This is very rare and was definitely a miracle! Lori prayed for a miracle and her prayer was answered.
Blessings and hugs,
The Ecuador Team