QUITO.Thank you, God, for Quito.For displaying Your glory through the mountainsFor providing such a welcome home. For a fantastic New Years EveFor introducing us to Jose Luis, our Man of PeaceAnd Quito’s oregano tea. The hills that leave us breathless walking upThe new believers. Your growing church. For our godchildrenFor unifying the team.
ATECAMES.Thank you, God, for Atecames.For the beautiful ocean. The delicious seafood.For the school that brought us so much joy and radiated JesusAnd leading us in Your direction. For the need to fight for our team.
MANTA.Thank you, God, for Manta.For the huge crashing waves and the natural flavored ice cream.For inspiring children who want to share your loveFor teaching us a million different ways to share the Gospel.For always being there, even when we can’t see itFor challenging us to always want more of YouFor teaching us patience.
PAJAN.Thank you, God, for Pajan.For the beautiful first look into the jungle.For a welcoming community. Strangers turned family.Sharing your love through skits, testimonies, songs.For long hikes through the jungle to spread your love.For a group of youths involved in Your church and so in love with YouFor deep relationships even with a language barrier.
PUYO.Thank you, God, for Puyo.For it’s wonder. For the zoo and zip lining over cliffs and the jungle.For excellent mora juiceFor welcoming house parents who want to bless usFor a church community thriving, showing us it’s possibleFor jungle ministry and baptismsFor spontaneous multi-language worship sessions.
QUITO.Thank you, God, for Quito.For more (literally) breathtaking views. For a safe haven home.For dump ministry and soup kitchensFor giving us boldness to speakFor long workdays and midnight homeless ministryFor the mountains and alpaca blankets.For a bittersweet goodbye to our Ecuadorian family, Andrea and Jose.
ECUADORThank you, God, for Ecuador.For it’s beauty- both land and peopleFor making it the perfect place to stretch us, to mold us, to grow usFor letting us show loveFor it’s welcoming spirit, always asking us to returnFor a phenomenal time.
MY TEAM.Thank you, God, for my team.For the fantastic leaders who stretched us.For Jose and Andrea, our joined team members. Not only translators, but family.For our unity and love for each otherFor a family I’ll never forget and never want to leave.Thank you, God, for your faithfulness and undying love.Maddy Ackermann