Some of you might know this, but I am leaving in 2 days for a mission trip to Ecuador! If you can’t tell, I’m kind of excited. This is my first mission trip, and actually my first time traveling internationally (not on a cruise ship.. that doesn’t count). I’ve traveled a lot domestically, but international is a totally different ball game.
I’m traveling with a group of about 20 people from my church, including my father-in-law and my sister-in-law, which is awesome! I’m excited to spend time with them in a totally different environment than home. Since we will be working in the mountain region of Ecuador, the weather is not what you would think. When I think of South America, hot humid weather with crazy hot sun comes to mind. But the region that we will be in is a little different – think mid 50’s to mid-60’s during the day, and mid-40’s at night. I’ve been checking the weather, and it looks like it’s going to rain just about every day, like it has been for the past 3 weeks. I might be checking the weather a little obsessively!
Some of the work we’ll be doing includes hosting a vacation bible school for around 200 children at a local church. As far as I know, the children we will be with are also involved with Compassion International, which is a top-notch child sponsorship program. I’ve done a lot of research on Compassion International for classes I’ve taken in the past, and I have to say that I love this organization! That makes it even more meaningful to be working with these kids! When I think about connecting with a child in our small groups, my heart gets a little flutter, because I just can’t wait for that smile (even if the smile is because the child is laughing at my American accent, which is super likely!).
I’ll make another post when we return from Ecuador with more details about the experience, the work we did, and its emotional and faith-based implications on my life. I can’t wait to fill you in!
Have you ever travelled internationally for a mission trip? If you have, I would love to hear any advice you have for me in the comments! 🙂
P.S. I totally took these pictures from a Google search, which I have linked here. They’re not mine, but they are beautiful! I’ll show you my own when I get back 🙂