Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Wordful Wednesday - People of Quito

Kelly and Lady

It's been eight months since I went on the mission trip to Quito, Ecuador.  I still think of the place often, and of the people who impacted me.  Although I had hopes to, I won't be returning again this year.  Maybe next...

My heart gravitated mostly towards the children.  These two right here were probably my favorite.  They're brother and sister.  The love and concern they have for each other is amazing.  I would've taken those two home with me in a heartbeat.

Brent and Christian

Christian (on the right) is a man of huge faith and is one of the most humble people I know.  He works with Pan de Vida and is a model for how people should display kindness.  He's also a renegade.  He puts in some hard manual work!

Maria and Lady

Maria is the "grandma" of the family we worked for.  She goes out eight hours a day, on foot, and looks for plastic to turn in for money.  She was thrilled when some of our materials came in plastic bags.  That was money for her.

Wendy and Emily

Wendy is a teenage mom to Emily.  The father is around from time to time.  One thing I noticed is that the fathers would come and go for a few minutes here and there.  A lot don't stay to help with the family.  They'd pop in, exchange a few words with the kids, and leave.

Wendy actually has Facebook, so I'm able to keep in touch with her.  She's a beautiful soul but her FB Live feeds show a pretty wild side too.  I pray for her.

Kelly and Lady 

Kelly and Lady were around quite often.  They'd come up to us, seeing what goodies we had to give.  Here, they're wearing sunglasses that I brought.  They didn't have any toys that I could see.  Most people in America would crap their pants if their kids did half of what these kids do.  There's not much fear.  A mangy mutt would walk by, covered in blood and feces, and the kids would happily play with it.  They'd play dangerously close to cliffs that would cause their death if they fell.  Even with very little to their name, they were still content.

This picture right here says it all!  The hugs and appreciation we received was worth every bit of the hard work we did.  In fact, everyone we came across was very kind and considerate.  Adults or kids, we were welcome.

It's quite normal to see this little girl at Pan de Vida.  Her mother works there in exchange for food and payment.  Taking a sheet and making it into a papoose, her mother would single-handedly pose the baby on her back and tie it up secure.  I would've done dropped the kiddo on its head!

Another thing I noticed is that the babies and young'uns rarely cried or complained.  I heard one short cry from one baby and that was it.

This is a time when the female part of our group sat upon a hill with a few of the kids in the area.  We giggled and laughed.  The kids were mesmerized by our phones, especially Snapchat!  We went over school books, translating Spanish to English.  The time was priceless and precious.

Quito, you've still got my heart.  Someday, we'll meet again.