Ecuador Mission Trip
My good friend Rev. Daniel Godwin is serving as co-pastor in a growing congregation which reaches out to six communities located within and beyond the city of Santo Domingo. Dan and his wife Lisa work alongside Pastor Nolberto Vivas coordinating a vital program which reaches over 200 children and youth in the immediate area. On a scale of 1 – 5 with 1 being an easy trip and 5 being a hard trip Ecuador is a 2.
Ecuador’s culture is a mix of distinct traditions that originated in the Andes, the Ecuadorian Amazon, or the coast. After the arrival of the Spanish, Ecuadorian identity incorporated Catholic traditions, which are now deeply ingrained in national culture. Approximately 40 to 65 percent of the population is mestizo, a mix of indigenous and Spanish ancestry. Another 20 to 25 percent of Ecuadorians define themselves as indigenous. Four percent of Ecuador’s population lives in the Amazon Basin (also known as the Oriente).
Spanish is Ecuador’s official language, while Quechua and Shuar are the two major indigenous languages. Quechua is the language of the Inca, which was the dominant culture in Ecuador when the Spanish arrived. Quecha can still be heard throughout the Siera regions – in fact, some older people hardly know Spanish.
We have the privilege of coordinating with our local coworkers and offering weekly meals in 4, soon to be 5, locations. And, about 200 children are aided by minimal scholarships of $100 to $200 annually. With these basic scholarships, many more lives are being touched by God’s love AND they are able to finish school.
The meals program, next year, will require $20,000, as this outreach of God’s love grows, and prices rise.
The Tsáchila are a tribe living in the canton of Santo Domingo in the Pichincha province of Ecuador. The name Tsáchila means “true people”, but the Spanish referred to them as “Colorado” which means “red”, a name chosen because the men of the tribe shave their hair off at the sides with the remaining hair sculpted with the use of a mixture of grease and red achiote seeds into a pointed peak cap-like shape. The official name of the main city in the area is Santo Domingo de los Colorados, apparently as a tribute to the Tsáchila tribe.
This 10 day trip is $1170 per person.
This is a package price and includes your travel days. Team must bring $3000 Project Money
The price does not include airfare from and to your destination. The trip includes a shopping/sight seeing day. The teams will fly in to Quito Eecuador and will travel to Santo Domingo de Los Colorados. This takes around 3 to 4 hours. The teams will stay in a local hotel. We are in the foot hills of the Andes mountains. The elevation is around 2000 ft. Of the free day we visit the Tsáchila community. This is always a treat! We also go into Quito, we go to the local artisans market and go to the museum middle of the world.
Trip costs include: This will cover three meals per day, accommodations, transport from and to the airport and transport on a daily basis to and from the areas of ministry. Teams will fly into Quito Ecuador.
Standard Accommodations – The teams will be in a local hotel located in Santo Domingo de Los Colorados. From Quito it takes 3 to 4 hours traveling down the Andes mountains to get to Santo Domingo de Los Colorados.
Teams must be prepared to minister for the duration of the trip. Testimonies, puppets, drama, mime, preaching and teaching will have to be prepared to communicate cross-culturally. Light to heavy construction trips are available with additional funds for materials. All teams are expected to bring $3000 project money.
Because of the sensitivity of the culture and the years of groundwork that has been laid for the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Mission Trips LLC reserves the right to refuse our services to any particular team. The final say is the local pastors or organization that will receive the team.
Not included: Airfare, additional entertainment not included in the trip, additional drinks or food in addition to what is normally provided, soda and snacks purchased during travel or in villages, shopping expenses.
ENTRY AND EXIT REQUIREMENTS:
A valid U.S. passport is required for U.S. citizens to enter and depart Trinidad and Tobago. The departure tax is now included in the cost of your airfare!
Please note: Trinidad does not permit adoption by foreigners. Trini-Americans are only allowed to adopt if they maintain a permanent residence in Trinidad. Most cases involve adoption of the child of a relative.
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