After a great Friday morning of a couple of last projects at the bodega, we took a hike into the rain forest - ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. When we reached our turn-around point, we learned why they call it a "rain" forest. :-)
Friday afternoon, we said our farewells to the staff who supported and encouraged us, turned our backs on the kids (it's easier that way for both the kids and for us) to hide our smiles and our tears, loaded up our stuff and left Shell, challenged, enriched and tired.
We enjoyed an overnight at a marvelous inn in Banos where we had magnificent views of the waterfall, had a chance to see the sights, hear the sounds, and taste the flavors of the resort-type community.
Then it was back to Quito for one last stay at the guesthouse there (the best showers in the world!).
We arose at 3:00 am Sunday so we could get to the airport, through customs and onboard for our flight to Houston. There were a few delays there, waiting for our plane to arrive but we finally landed in Minneapolis at 7:30 pm - a long day. When we arrived, we learned that a snow storm had closed I-94 so we got to spend another night in Minneapolis.
Roads on the way back were good in spots but a bit tricky much of the way. We arrived home to more than a foot of fresh new snow.
Now bags are unpacked, clothes are in the wash, we've shown pictures to the family and it's time to reflect on what we've seen, heard, tasted, smelled and - most important - learned about ourselves, about the team, about the kids, about the VERY special place called Casa de Fe.
More pics will be posted soon.
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Standing L-R: Dan Madson, Walt Fadness, Patti Sue, Rae Holte, Jeff Holte, Erling Opskar, Jordan Richardson, Jon Moore, Patty Beil.
Sitting on sofa L-R: Estelle Hanson, Tammy Sadek, Pat Beil, Coni Horsager, Wayne Horsager, Grant Richardson, Sarah Pruett.
Sitting L-R: Pastor Dan Forsberg, Tandy, Jonathon, Dwight (Casa de Fe staff)
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Today we completed a project at the mission hospital and are very close to completing many projects at Casa de Fe. The sun came out today thanks to me considering i did not wear sun screen. -Jordan
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Coni and Pat helping dig holes for fence posts. (There were more rocks than dirt)
Group effort working on the new bookshelves
Grant and Pastor Dan look on as Sarah installs new lights.
Monday, February 4, 2013
Today we worked on many projects including electrical work at the hospital, painting at the new bodega, staining and painting at the schoolhouse, sorting donations for the kids, a couple of diligent workers did concrete work around the facility having to remove big rocks out of the ground with their hands (uff dah!), and making bookshelves to name a few. We had dinner at an outdoor grill named Abuelo's with a missionary family, the Freemans. The cement mixer got it's first of many uses today, a extremely important piece of machinery. This is a beautiful community that needs our help. We are blessed and grateful to be here.
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Jeff Freeman (left, a mississippi native) explains the history of Nate Saint and the people who started helping in Ecuador in the 1940s.
The Nate Saint House was established in 1948 (left), with an airplane hanger (below left) contructed shortly after.
L - R Estelle Hanson, Patty Beil, Coni Horsager, Pat Beil, Tammy Sadek
In front - Sarah Pruett
Far left red hair - Patti Sue
Left front - Sherilyn
Friday, February 1, 2013
Sitting L - R Jon Moore, Pastor Dan Forsberg, Estelle Hanson, Sarah Pruett.
Kneeling L - R Grant Richardson, Rae Holte.
Minneapolis airport waiting for our flight to Houston, TX.