Briarcrest High School Students Journey To Ecuador To Share The Good News!
The Lord blessed a group of nine Briarcrest Christian School high school students and four chaperones as they journeyed to Ecuador in June. The first of two Briarcrest groups, the team flew into Quito, Ecuador’s capital city, and marveled at God’s magnificence as they traveled through the Andes Mountains to the jungle-river town of Misahualli where they were to stay for the week. Students and adults alike wondered at the incredible vistas and many waterfalls--getting an up-close look as they sailed over a mountain valley via cable car.
Along the way, the group was treated to an after-hours private tour of Nate Saint’s home. Seeing the home which had been a gathering place for missionaries in the 1950’s and the airstrip Nate Saint used to make contact with remote, unconverted tribes, the team felt humbled by the sacrifices of the martyred missionaries and their faithful families, grateful for the work that had come before which brought so many to Christ, and privileged to be able to help the missionaries who continue to serve the Lord in Ecuador.
Once in Misahualli on Saturday, the team began their routine of nightly devotions and games then led Sunday morning worship with missionaries from Jungle Kids for Christ. Sunday also included a canoe trip and picnic lunch as well as sightseeing in town. The local monkeys provided a popular diversion, though our wise travelers kept a respectful distance from the quick-handed, furry thieves.
The real work began on Monday with student-led breakfast devotion followed by a trip to Antioch School. Each day the team ministered to a different class of elementary school students, conducting a one-day vacation Bible school. The group incorporated music, games, crafts, puppets, and even a science experiment to share the story of the Good Shepherd whose love is unconditional and transformative. The children clearly enjoyed the many activities and were touched by the message, though perhaps the team members themselves were the most transformed by the precious students they were able to play and talk with each day.
Through all the worship, the fun, and the labor, the trip was rich with opportunities for team members to connect with each other, with
the children and the missionaries at Antioch school, and with Christ. The week passed too quickly for all. While everyone who went will carry their experiences with them and pray for the people they met, Ecuador 2016 cannot come quickly enough.