I am going on a solo mission trip to Ecuador. It will be from Feb 12-24. I will be visiting the missions we support and particiapting with a medical team also. Vicky will be in Sacremento, CA babysitting our new grandson, Alexander, whose picture is below.
I am heading to Ecuador on Tuesday, Feb 12 to spend about ten days in Ecuador visiting and participating in several missions. Phil Douce will pick me up from the airport on the evening of Feb 12 and I will spend Wednesday, Feb 13 with Phil and Debbie Douce visiting Casa Adalia, the home for girls rescued from sex trafficking, and Casa Gabriel, the home for boys rescued from the streets. On Thursday, Feb 14, I will travel to Shell and visit Casa de Fe, the home for “the unwanted children of the rain forest” that we have been supporting for several years. We will also be visting Casa de los Suenos, “The House of Dreams.” This is a new mission and houses young women from Casa de Fe who have reached the age of 18 and can no longer live at Casa de Fe. There is a missionary couple from our church, Cormorant Lutheran Church, who are managing this home. We will also visit the school Emaus, which we have supported over the years by making textbooks and provididng other supplies. I will also visit with the other missionaries Vicky and I have met over the last fourteen years. On Saturday, Feb 16, I will catch a ride to Ambato where I will join up with the Medical Mission Ecuador team. This is a team of medical providers; surgeons (general, orthopedic, gynecologic & plastic), anesthesiologists, pediatricians, nurses, physical therapists, etc., numbering about 90 overall. They come from all over the United States every year. On Sunday there will be several clinics evaluating patients for surgery, clearing them for anesthesia and making surgical schedules for the next five days. We will do more cleft lip/cleft palate surgery in one week than I have seen in my whole medical career in the United States. The team also does a lot of physical therapy; we will bring a large number of reconditioned wheelchairs for the needy. It is a wonderful medical mission experience. I have participated on three previous occasions.
On Sunday, Feb 24, I will fly back home. I am looking forward to an amzaing opportunity to work with these mission efforts and teams in Ecuador.