The team arrived in to Quito late Monday night and were blessed to be able to stay at a beautiful Hacienda! An Hacienda is a large, older house, that used to house THE WHOLE FAMILY! The team enjoyed the beautiful wood and antique character that the Hacienda had to offer! They had a delicious breakfast the next morning before heading out on their 9 hour bus ride to the jungle!
Hotel, Motel, Holiday Inn...ummmm...NOT quite...
The team slept in cabins that had bunk beds, and a small bathroom. There is running water (cold) and electricity on site. After a long, hard days work, the cold shower was the least of their worries!
It is hard to put into words what the camp/property really looks like, but hopefully these pictures will give you an idea.
The Daily Grind
The first day they tore down the existing wood that was there for the second story. However, it was old and rotten and many of the pieces were unsalvageable. The ladies DE-jungled the inside of the building. The team spent time welding the metal bases that were then used to start constructing the beams and framing for the second story. They also wood-framed the existing windows. It was a LOT of manual labor, but thankfully they were able to bring down a lot of power tools to help with the job.
We give God the glory for keeping everyone safe and for all the work that was done! With the help of the last two teams we've been able to decrease the amount of funds needed (now approx. $50,000) to finish phase 1 of the foster home!
FUN and GAMES
Well...since there isn't much to do in the jungle...no movie theatre, no public hang out places...Friday nights we usually come up with our own fun and invite the youth over to our house. Friday night we had a bonfire planned and had invited the youth out...but it rained. boo. Friday night the team got to have fun playing games, fellowshipping, and worshipping with some of our missionary friends from Macas and a couple of the youth kids.
Sunday, the team joined us for church in the morning, and then went to a native Shuar village where they learned about the Shuar culture, and hiked down to a waterfall!
The team headed back to Quito, and were able to enjoy seeing some sites around Quito. They went to Mitad del Mundo (the Equator), ate guinea pig, and went to an open market!