It is so hard to believe that tomorrow night at this time we will be on our flight back to the States. It seems like we just got here and at the same time it feels like we have known our team and the wonderful people at Cristo for so much longer than just twelve days.
We had another full schedule for our last day at Cristo. It was so great to see some of our projects completed! Due to some rain, the roof project will be completed next week.
- Two sets of shelves
- Guitar stand and shelves
- Skylights in Sunday school rooms and hallway
- Two children’s programs
- Abuelito’s (elderly) program
As awesome as it is to see our checklist completed, it cannot even compare to the non-tangible projects (relationships) that were formed that I hope never have a completion date. I cannot wait to see how these relationships will grow and flourish in God’s amazing love.
This has been with me since before we even landed in Quito and it hasn’t left me so I think that means I am supposed to share. Because I learned long ago it doesn’t work for me to argue or ignore God, I will share. As we flew over Panama and into Ecuador at night I could see the cities and at 39,000 ft they all look the same. I could see the bright lights and possibly some roadways, but none of the things that divide or separate us. I wondered if that was how the Heavenly Father see us, His children. Did He see us as I saw the cities so far below, lights shining bright for the world to see? God answered my question with a very clear and resounding YES. God spoke through smiles, tears, laughs, devotions, and prayers to reinforce the message that we are all His children and worthy of dignity and love. He used this time together to show us that while we are from different countries and cultures His love for us is the same. God’s love was visible in the joy of the children, the laughter of the youth, and in the twinkling eyes of the abuelitos as we played balloon volleyball. I felt the Holy Spirit speak to me during our devotionals. It was like the words from an old Wendy and Willy song, “Never accuse the Heavenly Father of not having perfect timing.” It seemed like the words of the Rev. Lourdes’ messages were speaking straight to my heart. Others expressed the same feeling. It is awesome how God can meet each of us exactly where we are! God sees our heart our light that shines the same regardless of country, language, culture, or any other ways that can divide us.
I know I speak for the entire team when I say, ¡Muchas Gracias! Thank you for your prayers!! Thank you for all support you have given us to be able to have such an amazing mission experience! It was truly life changing. With some of us attempting Spanish, some of us attempting English, and a lot of gesturing we were able to accomplish many works for the glory of God. May this only be the beginning.