Good morning from Puerto Lago, Ecuador

We made it! A flight to Atlanta, a lay over, a 5.5 hour flight to Quito and then a 1.5 bus ride to Puerto Lago! IMG_0524

Whew! The absolute best part of yesterday was spending all day with Bekah! We laughed. We laughed some more. We talked. And we just hung out. Plus, she’s amazing to travel with because she’s darn on it. I didn’t get lost once! Hah!

I love just her heart for people!

Today begins really soon. We got in last night at 2am and breakfast is in a few minutes and then a Compassion orientation. Then, it’s on the bus and we’re heading San Lorenzo and then by boat to Limones and we get to see, tour and experience Compassions Students Center there.

That center provides sponsors children with a Christian education, health check ups, health education and academic training.

Plus, it was absolutely to meet up in the airport with 20 or so Pastors, kids and ministry leaders from the around the country. You would have thought we all knew each other!

Double plus for me…a few of my ministry hero’s are on this trip. Jeff Forester and his wife Bonnie, who pastor Heritage Church. Jeff and Heritage is one of the reasons Thrive even exists. Without their support, I don’t know where we would be. And, Greg Nettle, the President of Stadia is here with his daughter. I love Greg and he’s been a tremendous mentor and support to me as well.

Again, I am so thankful I was given this tremendous blessing. And, I’m so thankful for the group of people who financially supported Bekah so she could come on this potentially life changing trip!

I dream of the day when Thrive Church can help plant a Church here in Ecuador and continue to support Compassion’s and Stadia’s amazing  and ongoing work.

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