Places, Faces & Fauna of Ecuador ’17

Places, Faces & Fauna of Ecuador ’17

Home and Changed

Team Ecuador THP 2017 had an AMAZING experience in Misahualli, Ecuador.  We spent four days working in various capacities to help the Antioch Christian Academy and to provide medical care for villages in the area. We have so many emotions as we reflect on what God did through us during our four days serving those in Ecuador.

The construction crew made great progress on the new middle school at Antioch Christian Academy. The entire team, at one time or another, came together to help meet a looming deadline that, hopefully, will ensure that the school opens in August.

We experienced people and situations that we could never have imagined. But, we all stepped out on faith and carried out some pretty extraordinary work to help the school, the students, and the Misahualli community. It wasn’t easy. It was hard work. But everyone jumped in and used their spiritual gifts and talents to get the job done.

One of the best parts of the trip was the friendships we made. We had a mighty group of nearly 30 people from different parts of the country with different personal and professional backgrounds. We worked well together and we accomplished much while having a good time.

Thank you, Curt Holland, Ashley Murphy and Walter and Barbara Hosiner, for being our fearless leaders. The trip was so worth it and you provided us with a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Now, we must decide how we will proceed. How will we serve in the future? What opportunities will God provide for us? What will we do with those opportunities?

Team Ecuador THP 2017 has now transitioned back into our everyday lives — forever changed by our Ecuadorian experience!

Angela E. contributor

Help, Hope, Heal in Ecuador ’17

Help, Hope, Heal in Ecuador ’17

One of the main reasons The Hanna Project traveled to Ecuador was to provide medical care for remote villages in the area of Misahualli. The first day we went to Tres Hermanos. (see map in pictures above) During a steady rain, the group trudged through the mud to provide medical care for families in the rural jungle village. The medial team, made up of two doctors, a nurse, an x-ray technician, a paramedic and four nursing students, provided some basic health care to children and their parents.

The highlight of the day was visiting the village school and checking the students for various medical conditions. There were so many smiling, sweet faces of the children and some really thankful parents. We felt very blessed to be there and hope we provided some needed medical care. Dr. Ari was given permission to share the “Wordless Book” with the students in the class. It was so inspiring to watch her interact with the children and to pray with them.

If you donated wound care kits to The Hanna Project, we left several of them with the people in the villages. Along with the wound kits, we also received a lot of other donated medical supplies. The supplies are being used in the villages and given to the larger regional clinic in Misahualli. The medical team visited three other villages throughout the week, ministering to the medical and social needs of the indigenous people who live in the area.

The medical team saw more than 650 patients in four villages over the course of four days. The needs were great and the team did their best to help local health officials complete “well child” checks, provide vitamins for children and adults and treat minor ailments of people living in the villages.

Angela E. contributor

Construction in Ecuador ’17

Construction in Ecuador ’17

There were a lot of long days in the rain, heat and humidity in the jungle. We were worn out. He gave us strength to carry out our mission. While we went to serve others, the team received many blessings.

One of the major reasons for our trip to Ecuador was to help the Antioch Christian Academy complete a new middle school.  Jungle Kids for Christ, the organization that operates the school and is a ministry partner with The Hanna Project, has grown the academy and there is a real need to provide additional education for the elementary school students who are already attending classes there. While the hope was, the school would have been open in August 2016, it appears part of the new school will open by August 2017 because of the help of THP and other groups.

Several men and women worked in the pouring rain and the extreme heat and humidity to complete the installation of a partial tin roof and the outdoor canopy for the cafeteria. Some helped build scaffolding that will be used to help construction workers get to high places in the buildings. The work was brutal and dirty, but everyone in our group rose to the challenge and did a fantastic job of assisting the local contractors, building the new structure.

Angela E. contributor

Education in Ecuador ’17

Education in Ecuador ’17

The Hanna Project team provided VBS for two days at Antioch Christian Academy. An incredibly special team put together and delivered the program to nearly 50 first and second graders at the academy.  Team Leader Babara Hosiner along with her teammates Lizzie Stevanus, Courtney Anderson, Sabrina Lafferty, Mallorie Bigham, Baylee Freeman, and Kaylee Linnebur provided lessons, games and crafts. The students had lots of energy, but had fun with our team.  James Lafferty gave invaluable ESL (English as a Second Language) lessons to the bi-lingual students at ACA.

Ariadna conducted valuable training to the teachers at ACA during our final afternoon in Misahualli. Classroom discipline, emotional and social concerns were taught and discussed.  She also taught children at the village schools our medical team visited each day of the week.  Using the “Wordless Book” and many colorful illustrations, she shared the GREATEST story of all with the children each day.

Besides medical supplies, Team Ecuador 2017 took gifts with us. Some ladies from AR donated cute pillowcase dresses to the little girls in the villages we visited. Once the dresses were handed out, the little girls put them on immediately over their school uniforms. It was heart-warming watching the little girls try on and model their dresses.

Several families from MO donated nearly 140 baseball caps. They were distributed in the villages and the little boys were thrilled with their new caps.

Our youngest team member (age 6) donated a box full of pencils, which were distributed to children we reached in Ecuador.

Angela E. contributor

Container for Ecuador

Container for Ecuador

Workers will have better equipped houses!  Teachers will have cooler classrooms!  Groundskeepers will not be “mowing” five acres of jungle with weed eaters anymore! Students will have new playground equipment!  Why are all of these things possible?  Because The Hanna Project and their supporters sent a container filled with these materials and so much more.  Antioch Christian Academy is another place where The Hanna Project is able to bring Help, Hope, and Healing to those who need it most!

Ecuador ’16

Ecuador ’16

THP Ecuador ’16 helped the Zuch family move to their home in the eastern jungles of Ecuador.  This family will work with the Antioch Academy teaching English classes, helping with special needs of children, maintenance and community development.  The Hanna Project team worked on a variety of projects for the Zuch home, including flooring, windows, bathroom remodels and more.  Apart from helping this wonderful, young family to “set up” house, the THP team also witnessed the closing ceremony of the school year.  It’s tough to raise a family in the jungle, but the views and scenery are breathtaking!

Watch this video about one of our team members!