We are in God’s hands.
After two days of travel we arrived in the rain forest at the base of the Andes Mountains. We find ourselves just south of the equator that separates the northern and southern hemispheres.
It’s been raining all night. We have no schedule, no timetable, just a sense that God is calling us to this place. We are on a mission — a mission of presence, a mission of accompaniment, a two-way mission where we hope to teach and learn from our indigenous sisters and brothers.
We marvel at the beauty around us and rely on the help we have received from both Ecuadorian locals and North American missionaries. And we feel the support of our friends and family on the other side of the equator who have offered us their encouragement, support and prayers.
Blessings to all as we enter this New Year together!
View of the Chicago skyline on our drive from Goshen to the airport
Checking in at the airport. Jan Oostland drove us to the airport early on New Year’s Day and took this photo as we bid farewell
We spend our first night at FEINE, the Council of Evangelical Indigenous Peoples and Organizations of Ecuador
We were greeted by sunshine….
… and friendly people. This is Rosa, caretaker of FEINE headquarters, whom Jane befriended soon after we arrived
Talking with Rosa as we prepare to depart for the rain forest
Caleb Yoder, an international service worker with Mennonite Mission Network, helps us pack the mission vehicle
We pack the vehicle for the six hour drive to the Pastaza region
Rafael, Rosa’s wife, looks on as we tie our bags on top
View from the highway of the Andes
We passed many towns and cities along the way
First glimpse of the town of Shell
A creek-side park in Shell
The countryside near Shell
Our family — from left: Jerrell, Jordan, Sierra, Jane, Naomi and Teresa