Ecuador Mission Blog: FUMC Youth

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JulieImages from the Last Day in Ecuador

Posted By on July 21, 2013 at 2:50 pm

“Blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. . . The one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the one who hears the word and understands it. He will produce a crop yielding a hundred, sixty, or thirty times what was sown.”

-Matthew 13: 16, 23

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JulieDanny Peck

Posted By on July 20, 2013 at 11:47 pm


Danny Peck, best team leader and youth pastor ever!

“I thank my God every time I remember you. . . . I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” 

-Philippians 1:3-6

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JulieImages from Shandia

Posted By on July 20, 2013 at 10:57 pm

 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.”                    

                                                   -Luke 10:27

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JulieImages From Mision Emaus

Posted By on July 20, 2013 at 2:46 pm

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.”

-Colossians 3:23


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JulieUna Experiencia Increible: An Incredible Experience

Posted By on July 19, 2013 at 9:36 am


What an amazing experience we have shared in Ecuador! It has been wonderful to watch our team become part of the Emaus church community in Quito and the jungle community of Shandia. From sanding to painting to VBS, our team has worked hard to serve these communities, and we have been blessed by the relationships we formed with the people we met. I have felt God’s presence as we shared in joyful worship and enjoyed delicious meals lovingly prepared for us. I have seen God’s presence in the faces of the children as they accepted the love and joy poured on them by our youth. I have heard God’s presence in songs of praise and contagious laughter shared by all.
To the parents of the amazing young people serving on this short-term mission team, I want you to know how proud I am to serve with your children. They are all hard workers who have accepted many challenges and completed them without complaint. It is inspiring to be surrounded by their energy and humor as they willingly shared God’s love with others. When they return, ask them about the food and the sights they have seen, but also ask them questions about their faith- how it has been strengthened through their short-term mission and how their experiences have impacted their lives. Let them tell their stories. They have taught me many things through their testimonies, their hard work, and their worship. They can teach you many things too.




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DannyAtlanta Airport

Posted By on July 19, 2013 at 8:30 am

097 by FUMC Ecuador
097, a photo by FUMC Ecuador on Flickr.

This is pretty much how we all feel. Looking forward to our own beds.

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EmmaLast day in Ecuador!

Posted By on July 18, 2013 at 8:59 am

Hey everybody! I can’t believe today is our last day in Ecuador. This trip has changed my life and heart forever and I know we all cant wait to get home and share with our friends, family, and church. Today we are heading to a Casa Gabriel orientation, El Refugio (for a bonfire), and the market and then we fly out at midnight. Thanks for your prayers and support through out this journey and we cant wait to see all of you!

Much Love,
Emma :)

5 Responses to “Last day in Ecuador!”

  1. Jamie Says:

    We cannot wait to see you all and hear all about the mission. It would be great if you all could have an event at the church to share how this has changed your life and to share your pictures with everyone who helped you all get there.

    Have a wonderful last day with all of your new friends and we will be awaiting your arrival tomorrow am! I cannot wait to get a hug from my girls. I’ve missed you more than you could ever imagine. Love, Mom

  2. Steph Says:

    Hey Em! So glad you went on this mission with Molly and your dear friends. Seeing the world is a life changing experience. Reminds me of the Dr. Seuss book “Oh the Places You Will Go”. I’m sure you and Molly left your mark in Ecuador, I know that you will be bring a bit of Ecuador home in your hearts too! Have passport, willing to travel your new motto. Your mom is going to be so happy to see you guys, so be prepared for a whole lotta love coming your way we she sees you both at the airport!

    Aunt Steph

  3. Sara Says:

    Thank you so much Danny, Joe, Julie, and Marina for shepherding those so precious to our hearts the last few weeks. Can’t wait to see you all tomorrow!

  4. Alison Says:

    I am going to ditto exactly what Sara wrote. Thank you all so very much! I have missed you all but especially my willy! See you guys tomorrow!

  5. Patty Hoggard Says:

    What a wonderful experience……I am so proud of each of you!! Safe travels to all and look forward to hearing about your trip.

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DannyShandia Photo Gallery

Posted By on July 18, 2013 at 12:14 am

This should hopefully display some of my Shandia photos

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  1. Suzanne nelson Says:

    Safe travel home. Thank you for sharing with our wonderful youth.
    They were an amazing group to begin with and I can only imagine
    how this will strengthen them. Many thanks to Julie and Marina..two
    Awesome ladies that I am proud to have for friends.

    Later gator..

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RenaBack from Shandia!

Posted By on July 17, 2013 at 6:03 pm

Well since we didn’t have wifi/cell service while we were in the jungle we got a lot to catch you guys up on! Shandia was AMAZING! We painted their church and attended a service there on sunday. They sang lots of songs dedicated towards us and we helped with their sunday school and VBS. The people, especially the kids, were so awesome! While we were there, I realized that language doesn’t matter because we could communicate through laughter and playing lots and lots of soccer. It’s pretty crazy to think that we came to Ecuador thinking about how much we had to offer these people, and I’m pretty sure we’ve learned more from them than they have from us. Leaving Shandia and watching the kids run along side the bus to say goodbye was deff a tear jerker because I never want to forget the good times and experiences that we had there. The food was actually not that bad (except for a couple of dishes…) and we all had a great time!

We’ll post pics later! Miss you guys and we’ll be home soon!!

3 Responses to “Back from Shandia!”

  1. Jamie Says:

    Oh, how we have missed these updates. We cannot wait to hear all about the adventures and see all of the photos. We miss you all!!

  2. Sara Says:

    Miss you all so much and can’t wait to see you on Friday! Looking forward to hearing about your adventures and all the wonderful experiences God blessed you with the past few weeks!

  3. Kim Says:

    So glad to hear that you a survived the jungle. Miss you and so glad to hear about your awesome experiences. God is so good!! Love and miss you. See you soon

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DannyDanny’s Jungle Blog

Posted By on July 17, 2013 at 9:27 am

We’ve been in the jungle for four days now, and it’s been really cool to have some chances to sit back and watch. After seven summers of Quito Quest and at least six teams in Shandia amongst the other opportunities I’ve had to be here, I’ve learned how to float around and make sure that everything is working instead of working myself to death for 96 hours straight (like I did the first summer).

I’ve gotten to see everyone working and finishing their projects, but also connecting with the people around them. Our Quito Quest hosts (Nick and Diana), our site host (Gina) and the pastor and worship leader here (Juan Carlos and Alvaro) have become just as much a part of our group as the 14 gringos. I’ve gotten to see the students connect with the community, wandering around with kids to invite everyone to VBS, or swinging around elementary-schoolers in the air by their arms and painting faces and playing soccer.

One of my motivations for being here that I kept telling everyone before we came was that I wanted my two favorite groups of people to become one. When I talk about the jungle or Shandia or Juan Carolos and the people here, my students will have that image in their mind, that relationship to remember. And when I tell people here that I’ve been in the States as a youth worker in my home church, they’ll say “Oh, with Link and Will and Mitchell.”

But more than my selfish reasons of just wanting people to understand where I come from, I think back to my first summer on a team, or my first summer working at Youth World and I know the things that have come out of that for me and the people around me. And I can’t wait to see the way that this new unified group is affected by all the things that God has shown them since Saturday night and will continue to work in them even as we’re in buses and planes and cars for the foreseeable future.

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