God is in the Details

I awoke this morning with a start as I thought, “Oh, my! We leave for Ecuador in less than 2 weeks!” My long to-do list quickly unraveled in my mind. Then, as I read in my Bible this morning the directions God gave Moses and Aaron as they prepared for God’s Passover before their exodus from Egypt, I was comforted. The account reads,

“The animals you choose must be one year-old males without defect, and you may take them from the sheep or the goats. Take care of them until the fourteenth day of the month, when all the people of the community of Israel must slaughter them at twilight. Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the door-frames of the houses where they eat the lambs. That same night they are to eat the meat roasted over the fire, along with bitter herbs, and bread made without yeast. Do not eat the meat raw or cooked in water, but roast it over the fire – head, legs and inner parts. Do not leave any of it till morning; if some is left till morning, you must burn it. This is how you are to eat: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. Eat in haste; it is the LORD’s Passover.” (Ex. 12:5-11; NLT)

I was struck by the amount of detail in God’s directions. And, Moses, Aaron, and the Israelites were charged with completing them in faith. No one had experienced the Passover, so no one could accurately predict what it would look and feel like. Boy, I can relate to this as the Service Learning Team prepares for our trip to Quito, Ecuador. No one the team has been to Ecuador and few have taught science lessons or led a vacation Bible school (VBS) in an international setting. Yet, we, like the Israelites, are completing many tasks in faith.  We are trusting that these preparatory tasks are exactly what God needs in order for us to testify to Him while we are building relationships with the administrators, teachers, and students in the Nuevos Amigos  school, Rey Sabio Salomon and children and youth group at the VBS. 

As we prepare, family members of the team can help us by praying over the detailed tasks we need to yet complete and for our flights (the flight itinerary is posted in this blog under “flight itinerary”).  Also, you can, along with the team, 1) thank God for the opportunity to write lesson plans and plan games and crafts that He will need us to implement in order to foster relationships; and 2) praise our Father in Heaven for being trustworthy and faithful, as He has already gone before us to Quito.

As we are now less than two weeks out from the trip, my excitement is increasing. I look forward to experiencing how God will bond our team and how individual hearts will grow more like Jesus.  

Gratefully HIS,

Dr. Sarah Hamsher

2014 Trip Flight Itineary

 

Malone University Service Learning

Trip to Quito, Ecuador

March 1-8, 2014

United Airlines Reservation #: UA/PBMSTX 

Airline Itinerary

Departure: SATURDAY, MARCH 1

SERVICE               DATE  FROM           TO             DEPART  ARRIVE

UNITED AIRLINES       01MAR CLEVELAND OH   HOUSTON TX     1125A   137P
UA 5174
UNITED AIRLINES       01MAR HOUSTON TX     QUITO          534P    1159P
UA 1035        

Return: SATURDAY, MARCH 8
UNITED AIRLINES       08MAR QUITO          HOUSTON TX     1255A   530A
UA 1036             
UNITED AIRLINES       08MAR HOUSTON TX     CLEVELAND OH   1027A   212P
UA 4117            

			

From Tori

Today was bitter sweet. Sorry mom and dad but I dont think I am coming back. We said our goodbyes to the children and teachers. They have been such a blessing. I can’t even put into words the love and joy they have placed in all of our hearts. Christ is so preset in these lovely people and this school.

Post from Kelli

Hola! I am having such a great time in Ecuador! I absolutely adore all the children. There has been lots of hugs and kisses. My lessons and acting out The Rainbow Fish book went so well. The 5th graders even wrote their sentences in English! I can’t believe we only have two more days left! I’m just having too much fun teaching the children and teachers! I’ll tell more stories later! 🙂

Kailee’s Post!

We have had an amazing week so far at Nuevos Amigos! Being an education major, I knew how much fun I would have with the kiddos. They hug and kiss and tell us how much they love us…they melt my heart. But what I wasn’t expecting was the joy and excitement we would experience with the teachers. I have had such a fantastic time helping them learn English and rattling my brain trying to remember my four years of high school Spanish. These teachers are beautiful women of God. They have so much patience and love for what they do. We sang the Barney song for them in English and they sang it back to us in Spanish. Please remember to pray for the staff of Nuevos Amigos!

Post from Lindsay

Well, so far this trip has been AMAZING, to say the least. There is no way to adequately describe our experience with words, but it truly has been life changing. We have served and been served, we have taught and learned, and we have loved and been loved.

We now have just one more day with the students and teachers of Nuevos Amigos before we say goodbye–something that we are all already dreading. But, our time together has been so great and tomorrow we have the fantastic opportunity to take a small group of children on a field trip and thank all the teachers with a dinner on us. So, it is sure to be an amazingly emotional day, and the perfect way to end our time with the wonderful people at Nuevos Amigos.

From Abby

So today was long.. And tiring. Also, it has been my favorite day so far because not only did we get to teach the kids in the classroom, we also got to teach the teachers English! I want to say so much, but I definitely can’t do it all on here. Just know that the day was wonderful, and I cannot wait for tomorrow!