Months of planning, praying, phone calls, meetings, and all that goes into setting up a trip like this have brought us to here.
On Monday Sep 14th we took Lukus, Bethany, Vanessa ,and Star to the airport to begin the adventure. After moving things from bag to bag so as not to be overweight and have to pay, the team went through the security and on to their gate. At that point you realize, they are now on their own. Of course, they landed in Miami in time to make their connecting flight, only to sit in the plane for almost an hour. When they finally let them off the plane they had just a few minutes to go to the other side of the airport to catch the next flight. They would have missed it, but they had "mechanical problems". Not too comforting when you hear that, and they have a four-and-a-half hour flight to go. They made it fine about 10:30 that night to Guayaquil Ecuador. The next day they caught their next flight to Cuenca Ecuador, their home for the next month.
The week they have been there has been a time of adjusting to another culture, and language. They are staying in the homes of people from the church that they are working with. The team has been learning their way around the city, and building relationships with the people at the church, school, T V station, and homes they are in.
Please pray for them as they learn to relate to people in a different culture, and way of life. God has great things in store for them, pray that they will be open to His leading. Any encouraging words you have for the team, i am sure would be appreciated . You can comment on their blogs. Thanks.