When we stepped foot in Ecuador (the first stop in our 4 month journey through South America), we knew no one. We had a few loose contacts for The Yada Project, but we had a knowledge of Ecuador and decided to start there.
We followed some of the leads we had for various mission organizations in the Quito area and connected with Dana. Dana works with at-risk teens in Quito. One of the main ministries she serves with is EsperanzArt. EsperanzArt gives girls that have been rescued from sex-trafficking an education, counseling, and life skills to help them see their future with hope.
We met with Dana and shared the vision of The Yada Project and our hope to partner with organizations that are making a difference and help them market their products to a larger market. EsperanzArt was a perfect fit! They were looking to expand their jewelry within the US and give more girls the opportunity to learn the skill of making jewelry while learning about the hope that Jesus offers for their life.
We loved hearing Dana’s heart for at-risk teens and her involvement in reaching those living on the street with the Gospel. We spent hours talking with Dana and learning more of her heart for sharing Jesus with those that desperately need hope.
While we were there, Dana shared that she and her husband, Andres, were considering serving in the Middle East. They were made aware of the enormous need for people to share their life with another culture that is hungry for God’s Word and the salvation that only Jesus brings. After some amazing confirmations from the Lord, Dana and Andres are moving forward with plans to transition from Ecuador to the Middle East.
As they are here in the US for training, they stopped through Madison and spent the weekend with us. So awesome! We got to meet their ADORABLE daughter, Naomi. Naomi brought each of us joy with her smiles, giggles and cuteness. Andres endured a cold, rainy, windy soccer game and cheered on Isaiah. We introduced them to the classic Wisconsin staples…brats and ice cream.
We spent hours talking about how God is at work and how awesome it is to be part of it. We loved introducing them to our friends and letting a roomful of people hear of Andres and Dana’s heart. We will continue to share how they will be ministering and following their journey to a whole new world, culture, life and ministry.
We are excited to see how our world is being bridged from Ecuador to Madison and now expanding to the Middle East….