On our last day here in Ecuador it was filled with bittersweet moments. The whole team helped in the morning with finishing up as much as we could with the construction which included clearing out leftover rocks in front of the church entrance, building a stage platform, electrical work, filling in walls, and hanging the beams for the structure of classrooms. For the final lesson with the kids, there was a long puppet show with the help of team members Hector, Ceci, and Ashley. The women helped make and pass out lunch for the children as well as do another craft that went with the lesson. Lucy and both of our Jorge’s helped teach the lessons for the day with the kids while including a lot of interaction and visual examples to help make the stories come to life. For our goodbye, we were surprised by a farewell party inside the church with many of the children and families. There was music from the band, heartwarming videos, and messages by the pastor to bid us farewell and to show gratitude. We were all both touched and grateful to have had the opportunity to share our time, resources, and hearts with the people.
Although, it was hard to leave and say goodbye to both San Carlos Church and The Bridge Church will cross paths once again next year.
Until the next missions trip to Ecuador, we will be reminiscing on all we experienced and learned with what God revealed to us in this past week.