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New trip location: Ecuador


Looking to join a new adventure with Lifeline?  We are excited to offer you and your group a new location and opportunity to serve!

Our newest ministry joins the Lifeline family in Quito, Ecuador. Through these trips, you'll work alongside the staff at a well established Christian school.


Ministry history
Ten years ago, missionaries began a day care center after seeing that young children were being abandoned at home, sometimes under lock and key, while parents went to work.  Responding to community needs, the ministry shifted their focus and today the school has grown into a private, Christian school.

This school sits high-up on the Andean mountain side of north-central Quito. It's a two-story facility with classrooms, offices, kitchen, and dining room.  The grounds also include a church, home for the caretakers, and Sunday school classes. 

facility


It's not just about the students
The school is in a neighborhood called La Comuna de Santa Clara de "San Millan", commonly called La Comuna (the community).  Most families are not able to make sufficient income to meet more than basic needs, and often earn much less. Family violence and substance abuse are the main issues in the community.  Sixty percent of father figures, as well as many mothers, consume alcohol in extreme levels.  Homes are dysfunctional; 65% of children demonstrate signs of clinical anxiety.

The school has become a place of hope and stability for these students!

classroom

Serving the students & community
Mission teams in Ecuador can anticipate serving the school and community in a variety of ways, which may include: attending San Pablo Church, a community prayer walk, delivering a program to each grade/class (programs are developed with the input of school staff and the overall skill sets of the team), special projects, maintenance work on the school, interactive group luncheon with families of sponsored kids and sponsors, interactive group luncheon with the staff, children's worship service, and/or an educational field trip with one or two classes to a site concurrent with their studies.  There is also an opportunity to experience the sights and culture of Quito, Ecuador.

students

Housing, climate and more
Teams stay in a nearby mission house which includes a large seating/dining area, large kitchen, several bathrooms, and several bedrooms with bunk beds.  Meals and safe drinking water are provided.

Although the equator passes through Quito, team members will be surprised by the mild climate due to the altitude, which is nearly twice as high as Denver, Colorado.  Team members are encouraged to drink plenty of water.

Learn more about Quito: it's history, quick facts, and climate.




For additional information about this new trip experience,

contact keith.dimbath@lifeline.org