Let’s start off our adventure to Ecuador with a flight from Chicago that was delayed, delayed again and then cancelled. This left us switching airlines, running through Chicago airport with LOTS of baggage, barging to the front of the security line (while smiling apologetically) and making both flights to Ecuador on the “final boarding call”. We made it!
During the night the Pollo Campero restaurant located directly behind our hostel was held up at gunpoint and had every alarm and siren going off.
This morning we went out searching for a cup of coffee and enjoyed a beautiful walk through the bustling streets of Quito.
But then the fun began. We had the chance to visit Epiranzart, the home to 6 girls that were rescued from sex trafficking and given a home, a job with dignity and hope for the future. We met the girls, helped string some jewelry, and enjoyed a morning of learning more about each of their lives. We also bought more jewelry and helped design some “speciality pieces” for The Yada Project.
We spent the day with the directors of Espiranzart and collaborated on our partnership in reaching at-risk girls in Ecuador. More on that later…
To end out the day, Sarah and I visited the Equator and experienced “rainy season” in Ecuador. Whoa…when they say rainy season they mean it!
Oh yeah, today is my birthday. Although a bummer to be away from my family, my heart is full. As I reflect on this past year and look ahead to this upcoming year, I have a contentment that no present could ever fulfill. Sensing Gods’s presence brings a fullness of joy that nothing in this world offers.