Day One ~ Just Arrived

   Posted by: Dean White   in Ecuador

Well I made it!

My flights were great and I just had carry on, so no luggage worries.  Today four different groups arrived from around the US.  So far, I believe I am the only California person.  There are a total of 76 people which will split up into 7 teams.  I am on the purple team.  In total we will be visiting 29 locations and distributing about 5000 shoe boxes.  Its now 1am here and I am exhausted but also so pumped up about being here I doubt if I am going to get any sleep.

First Thoughts on Ecuador


  • I have been on mission trips to Mexico before but this doesn’t look like the Mexico I know.  For one, it is cleaner than Seattle.  The stores look like upscale Tijuana stores, so you get the Mexico feel but the streets don’t have an ounce of trash.  Even the airport is spotless.  The airport by the way looks just like the airport in India.

The People:

  • Height:  For one, the indigenous people are lucky if they get 5ft tall.  I took a picture with a cute older couple in the airport (photo below).  It doesn’t look like it but I am actually bending down a couple of inches!  Finally a place where my 5’8″ is tall!
  • Eyes: I don’t know how many of you have paid attention to the eye color of the actors on Smallville, but most of the actors have grey/blue eyes.  I am sure it adds to the mystique of the show.  Well, besides the dark brown eye color you would expect to see in people who live in this region, many also have very cool grey/blue eyes.


  • Active Volcano: They said there is an active volcano that I can see from my hotel room in the morning!  Sweet!
  • The Distributions:  We are heading to La Victoria and Dulce Regufio (which sounds like it translates to Sweet Refugies, but doubt it).  I was hoping for a tribal destination but it looks like the purple team will be working mainly in the outskirts of Quito.  At La Victoria I believe we will help work on the facility that helps serve the community in the area in addition to pass out the shoe boxes to the kids.  At Sweet Regufio I am thinking we are doing some type of program for the kids.  I brought some magic just in case.

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6 comments so far

Steve Rutenbar

Don’t worry about the photos DEAN, that is usually a problem downloading…you can backfill the photos later, but in the meantime, we look forward to any updates or prayer requests you have from Ecuador …GOD BLESS YOU and SP !!!

March 2nd, 2010 at 12:06 am

Keeping you in my prayers!! Enjoy each moment!

March 2nd, 2010 at 5:41 am
dori rhodes

So glad you made it . . checked my computer this am . . .blessings on you this day and the people you encounter. God’s grace, Dori

March 2nd, 2010 at 6:10 am
Denise Randel

So glad you arrived safely and are once again letting us take part in your ministry. I can’t wait to see photos of children receiving the shoe boxes! Praying for your safety and that God guides all of you throughout this trip. ( I am also thinking I should move to Ecuador so that I can feel tall:) I love you-Denise

March 2nd, 2010 at 8:31 pm
Stephanie Koontz

Thinking about you and praying for you! I know God is going bless you beyond your wildest dreams as you bless those around you!

March 2nd, 2010 at 8:47 pm
Dana Liccardo

Dean, So glad to hear you made it. I am praying for you and I am confident God will be working through you and your team. I hope all goes well. We miss you already. Love Dana

March 3rd, 2010 at 5:19 pm

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