What We Did and Where We Went: Ecuador Mission Trip Part 1

A group of 42 people, consisting of individuals and families from my church went to serve at a church in Quito that is located in the neighborhood of Carmen Bajo. The church is also linked with a Compassion school in the same neighborhood. Every day members of our group worked at a construction site at the church and/or played with the elementary children of the Compassion school. I got the privilege to work at the construction site during the mornings and play all afternoon with the children.

The children are so friendly and just want to be loved on. They would run up and give us big hugs and then ask to be held, and never wanted to be put back down. I was struck by the openness they had towards us, even though we were basically strangers. It was such a blessing to love on these children.

Later, at the end of the week, I went on a house visit. There I saw firsthand what these Compassion children lived in – dark, foul smelling, tiny, houses in which family relationships were often strained and sometimes abusive. It was terrible, and I was appalled at the inhumanity these children had to live in.

Because of this visit, I better appreciated the Compassion program and began to understand why the children were so loving and always asking for hugs. This building was their safehouse. The Compassion building was where they were able to be loved unconditionally, eat a hot meal, and learn about Jesus. This was their home.

My siblings and I have decided to sponsor a Compassion child, hopefully in Carmen Bajo, because of the house visit and seeing how important the Compassion program is to these children.

The kids literally piled on me during story times

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About Hudson

I live in Indiana. I enjoyed playing soccer all four years of high school. I co-captained and won the MVP award my senior year. I also have created many film projects, the most extensive of which won a film festival award for Best Cinematography during my senior year. It is a 10-minute short film called Café Encounter and can be watched on YouTube. I have been actively involved in my youth group and am a leader for a middle school boys group on Sunday mornings. I was also blessed to go on two mission trips to Belize and Ecuador respectively. Belize really awakened my faith in Christ and pushed me towards active obedience and love for God. Ecuador gave me a life-changing perspective on missionary work and has helped me to view myself as a missionary in my every day life, but especially with the intent of being a missionary to my work industry.

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