Friday, October 13, 2017

Ecuador - Living Conditions

I've officially been to the depths of poverty.  It's scenes I can't erase from my mind and my heart breaks for these people.  I'm humbled because I live a life of luxury in comparison.  And, although they have very little, they are still very thankful and God-loving people.

Where clothes and dishes are washed

Wash basin for the clothes is at the bottom, with a few of the clothes hanging on the roof.

I don't have to walk down a dirt path to get to my house.  I don't have to wash my clothes outside and hang them to dry from the roof or window slats.  I don't have to take a shower in a concrete slab blackened by dirt and mold.

Inside of a kitchen

I don't have animals I call "pets" that would be better off dead.  Their suffering rivals an ASPCA commercial.  I don't have to live in a house built entirely of concrete, brick and dirt.

Dirt walkway leading to the homes

I don't have a 200 foot cliff as my front yard.  I don't have to worry about falling to my death.  I don't have to share one sleeping room with seven people.  I don't have to shield myself when it's raining because the wet drops are leaking through my roof.

"front yard"

This isn't to paint a sad picture.  But it's reality.  We don't all have luxuries.  Yet, we are all God's children.  And the children I met there have extraordinary faith, even when they aren't given all life's luxuries.  Think on that next time the baristas get your Starbucks order wrong!

hanging clothes to dry


Michelle Elizondo said...

My heart goes to them.

Holly said...

This post put so much into prospective- thank you for sharing

An Apel a Day said...

I love the photos you got. It looks like such an interesting and inspiring trip.

Theresa Mahoney said...

Sometimes it's hard to remember how truly blessed we are until you see extreme poverty like this. It really does put a lot of things into perspective.

Mimi N said...

This is so hard to comprehend when we're so separated from it in our "lap of luxury" here in the US. Bless you and your team for sharing the love of God with the people of Ecuador!

Heather! said...

I used to live there! As I'm sure you saw, Ecuador is very much a place of "Haves" and "Have Nots", and its economy is strongly influenced by that of other countries, especially the United States'. Some folks live very comfortably, but the poverty in some areas is pervasive and staggering. While they might lack financial wealth, they sure do enjoy a treasure of a country! Mountains, beaches, volcanoes, Amazonian jungle...what else could you want?! I'm so glad you got to see one of my favorite places in the world (Quito), and that you enjoyed your mission trip! I think it's awesome that you went there and were able to help so many, especially so many kids. :)