picked up for church at 9:40 and went to churh. Much of ecuador was already awake setting up sidewalk shops or playing soccer in the parks. The soccer fields and small playgrounds are really the only open space around. buildings are right up against the street. parking on the sidewalk or practically on the road is perfectly okay. Everything is on a hill. When you look down from higher elevation you don't even see the roads because of how packed the buildings are together. we got a chance to check out the school before church. Playground would be marked unsafe to use a hundred times over In america. There is a fence that surrounds the playground area, beyond the fence it drops 20 feet down onto the road church service was done all in Spanish except for the sermon that was interpreted for us by our interpreter Monica. They played lots of songs and prayed a lot. I speak no Spanish whatsoeveve but was able to recognize "open the eyes of my heart" which is a favorite.
Buenos Dias! Day “tres” in Ecuador has been quite the adventure. We conducted day two of our VBS with the kids of the Nuevos Amigos community. I had a blast singing worship song with the kids. Most were in Spanish, but the San Pablo Youth tried out singing a few songs in English. We also played games that had the kids laughing and screaming, and we made bead bracelets and necklaces, which happen to be the perfect adornment for my wrist. We also were able to go to “La Mida del Mundo”, the Center of the World, which was the equator line. We had a small tour about some historical aspects of Ecuador, such as gigantic spiders and snakes in the jungle or some of the native tribes. We also watched how the water swirls in different directions on the Northern and Southern hemisphere, and a few of us tried to balance an egg on the equator line. Tomorrow we start teaching in the classes at Nuevos Amigos' school Rey Sabio Salomon, and I cannot wait to meet the teachers and all the kids. -Jaime
Sunday we woke up bright and early after a late night to go to San Pablos church. The service was very moving. The whole congregation learned part of a song in English just for us and the whole congregation came together in a heart felt prayer session for one of the members dealing with an illness. After church we had lunch at BBQ Pinchinchas where we took a few church members to talk to about their mission at the church, school, and neighborhood. We then burned off our large meal by walking down the hill to the school to get a feel for the neighborhood we are working in. We then headed to the mall in the center of Quito to look at the stores, which were very similar to our stores in America, and buy some groceries for the week. The grocery store was very busy and took a while to make our way through. After getting back to Extreme Response and unloading, we walked down the street to get some fresh bread for dinner and we made pasta. Monday we traveled to the school where we first watch