Today we had the opportunity to visit For His Children, a Christian orphanage in Quito who strives to unite children with their biological family. First, we met with the director, Jen, and she explained how the orphanage was founded, its mission, and how many children were in the orphanage. Afterwards, we took a tour of the different rooms for the children, who ranged in age from newborn to 6 years. Although we didn’t get to spend a lot of time there, we could clearly see how they center their ministry on Christ and provide a loving, safe environment for the precious children. We also had a photo opp with their pet llama! – Jamie
After lunch, we all rode the bus to the TelefériQo, a cable car, where we ascended about 12000 feet above sea level to the mountain Pichincha. The view was breathtaking! Our highlight on the mountain was swinging on the top of the lift overlooking the city of Quito. ¡Nos encantó! — Haley
This morning we visited a place called Camp Hope. This organization focuses on helping both children and adults with disabilities. It currently houses 48 people with ages ranging from 2 to 30 years old. They are cared for through physical & occupational therapy, education, arts & crafts, as well as a small job to work! I loved getting to see Camp Hope and the beautiful work that is being done there. As we walked through, chatted with a few of them, and saw their beautiful smiles, God once again reminded me of the sanctity of life and how beautiful His children. – Audrey
Today we also visited the crater at Pululahua (poo-loo-lawgwa). In my mind, I was picturing a hole at the top of a mountain filled with rocks (beautiful ones, of course). Instead, we found a gorgeous crater overflowing with greenery and surrounded by mountain peaks. There were local farms, steep ridges, clouds rolling over the mountains, and a beautiful overlook where you could take it all in. It was yet another demonstration of how when we think we have it all figured out, God loves to surprise us.
“For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!” Psalms 95:3-6 – Bethany W
Ciudad Mitad del Mundo
We visited Ciudad Mitad del Mundo (Middle of the World) in Pichincha, Ecuador. We toured inside the monument and learned about it’s history. The view from the top of the monument is breathtaking, and there are stunning mountains visible in every direction. After we viewed the vastness of God’s creation, we visited different museums, local shops, and enjoyed coffee together! We also made sure to stand on both sides of the equator while we were there. Overall, we enjoyed our experience at 0° 0’ 0”! – Bethany A and Casey
We also enjoyed a traditional lunch with a sample of guinea pig.
Today, students served at the hospital. Faculty also were able to observe in the wound care and diabetes clinic in between making rounds on students. We had a closing debrief with the head nurses and lead physician to discuss the differences between American and Ecuadorian healthcare. Students shared what they learned with staff. Staff commented on the flexibility, respectfulness, and helpfulness of students.
After another amazing lunch, we headed to the Artisan market for shopping!
We went to one of the local malls for dinner and watched soccer on the Jumbotron. To demonstrate their support for Ecuador, las chicas purchased Ecuador jerseys in the market.