On June 6, our high school youth at Country Club Christian Church will travel to Otavalo, Ecuador, for their summer mission trip.
For many of us, this will be our first time out of the country— and we are excited to get to know the land and people of Ecuador.
We will be working with an organization named FEDICE, a long-time partner of our denomination. FEDICE has worked for decades to empower indigenous and marginalized communities in the Ecuadorian Andes and to break the cyclical chains of poverty, discrimination and injustice. FEDICE has invested $1.2 Million dollars in 56 communities in order to increase the quality of life for nearly 20,000 Ecuadorians.
FEDICE works on the ground, at the community level, with the people. True justice and true transformation requires equipping people to build the flourishing communities themselves, which is the work FEDICE strives to do.
Our work with FEDICE will include working on the “New Seed Children’s Center” in Otavalo, Ecuador. We will do some updates on the facilities so that the center can better care for young children in the region. We will also spend time getting to know people in the community, building relationships and learning what it’s like to live in another part of the globe.
Follow along on our journey below.
We’re home. Now what?June 17, 2019An international mission trip isn’t easy. There’s much to plan, much to purchase, much to prepare. The hardest part, however, may be readjusting to life back home. Beyond catching up on rest, it can be difficult to make sense of the memories and the transformation you’ve had while traveling; it ... Read More
Monday and Tuesday, from JosephineJune 10, 2019When I was told that we were meeting with some of the teens of the village that we were working with, admittedly I was a bit nervous. I don’t really speak much Spanish, and I was worried that the encounter would be awkward and forced. To my pleasant surprise, the ... Read More
Jack shares about SundayJune 10, 2019We started the day off with an amazing trip to the Tocagon Church. What started with a beautiful opening hymn, ended with a cute play put on by the kids in the village. The church service was far different from an American service. Lasting over two and a half hours, ... Read More
Ecuador in PhotosJune 10, 2019Tyler and team have been sending lots of photos from their adventures. Check them out in the gallery below.
From Aislinn: Ecuador day 2June 9, 2019Today was an earlier day than yesterday, and we had gotten through the listening part and into the doing. Even though the morning was full of painting and staining and finishing the ceiling we still had opportunities to learn about their culture through our work and observations. For example, on ... Read More