Saturday, January 31, 2015

The treasurer of Casa de Fe, Laura, received the check from Cormorant Lutheran Church and Trinity Lutheran Church for $16,000.  The timing of the gift was appreciated. $3,240 is also being given in support of the six children Cormorant Lutheran Church currently sponsors.  Over $20,000 has been donated to Casa de Fe from the joint efforts of Trinity Lutheran Church and Cormorant Lutheran Church.

(Friday afternoon) At the Casa, the veteran missionaries of our group were impressed with the progress on the stone wall. We have been informed that we will be working on the gates to the wall some time during the week. 
There were some strong reactions when some of the girls recognized Rae:

We had a short bit of "baby time", meeting some of the children and staff at the Casa:

They told me, no, I can't keep her

After our meeting with Mark on Friday afternoon, we headed out to walk to Casa de Fe. We picked up some pods the locals call guava; it is probably an "ice cream bean":

All luggage was received with no trouble! The bus ride was of course very scenic. Thank you to our driver, Mario.

We stopped for the famous ice cream at Mikos outside of Salcedo:

Lunch at Esmeraldita's, the hotel we will be staying during the rest of our visit:

This is upstairs at Esmeraldita's.  We are having a short meeting for brief information about the area and our agenda. From the left are Jeff, Mark, Carol, David, Amanda, John, Alexis, and Rachel.

Friday, January 30, 2015

After rushing for each flight connection, we arrived in Quito at 1:00am Eastern time.  We met Mark, who is director of operations at Casa de Fe, and our driver, Mario. They are very friendly guys!  Our hotel in Quito is very pretty.  Two large dogs are keeping us company.  This morning, we're enjoying delicious fresh mora juice, made from a blackberry found in Ecuador.
Next on the agenda, we will be taking a long bus ride to Shell, Ecuador.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

We're waiting in Fargo, and our first flight is delayed... We're enjoying getting to know each other as we wait!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Packing Day (finally!)

Tonight we met at the church to pack donations for Casa De Fe. We shared supper with the confirmation first. Our team is a great mix including two of our youth, Lexie Gehrig and Andrea Rezac. Other first-timers are Rachel Hole and Carole Skalsky. Repeaters are Jon Moore, Dave Barr, and Jeff and Rae Holte. Everyone is anxious to be on our way. Keep us in your prayers.

Isaiah 6:8 “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.”