Servanthood in the Amazon Jungle

There are many dimensions to our team’s work in Misahuallí, Ecuador, but today I’m going to talk about the spiritual one.

For even the son of man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many

Mark 10:45

First, an update on our projects:

The agriculture team completed building a pig pen on the Guayusa farm. They worked hard all day chopping fence posts, digging post holes, setting posts, and stretching fence. Earlier, they disassembled a chicken coop for relocation and made a plan for the future fish ponds.

“We all worked so hard and worked together to get the pen done and got to see the pigs run free in the end. The farm hands never had the money or the time to do that since they got the pigs, so they were really excited and thankful”

Madison Bagg, senior, psychology major

The photography/videography team completed its shot list and we are excited to have more material needed to launch a kickstarter for the Guayusa tea business. Mr. Newberry’s class has worked hard creating this business that will help sustain Jungle Kids for Christ and empower their community.

Both teams picked, packaged, and labeled Guayusa leaves that are ready to be sold in the school’s store alongside new T-shirts and stickers that were designed by students at College of the Ozarks.

A spiritual dimension

How do these physical projects have a spiritual dimension? Because of what Mark 10:45 says about servanthood. What this team did is a reflection of the mission of Christ-like character that College of the Ozarks has. Being servants here in the jungle has a two-fold impact. Our work impacted Jungle Kids for Christ, but also impacted our team in a profound way. We are all bringing home a more globalized understanding of God’s mission.

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