April 21, 2013

Lake Havasu, AZ - Aposento Alto "The Upper Room"

We started 2013 out with a team from Lake Havasu, AZ which was led by Dwight Rich's, Field Strategies Coordinator for NAF, brother in law.  Aposento- The Upper Room church was meeting in a tiny "upper room" in the upper part of Quito. The meeting place was so full every Sunday people would have to wait until the children left for Sunday School to be able to find a  place to sit.  The two teams connected by prayer before they even met, by a card that was passed out with all the AZ team members names with their picture, so when they arrived they already felt like family in Christ. 
We always say that God puts the teams together in a special way and this team was no exception. First, team leader, Carlton Harvey's 80 year old mother was on the team. She was from another state and had been an NMI president for many years and had always wanted to go on a W & W team so this was her first experience to participate on a team.

Wilma, team leaders mother

Rick being served a dink of water
Second, Rick from MO, wanted to go on a W & W trip and his church was not going so he called GMC to find out the schedule for W & W trips. He wrote to several teams and asked if he could join their teams and Carlton was the first to respond . Rick came along with them and you would have not known he was not from their church. He added
much in the area of music during worship time and entertained us with other songs. Third, Keith Spicer, from Oregon, had shipped his motorcycle to Quito before his arrival with Mission Corp Volunteers, Wrights, and was waiting to get it out of customs before he started on his trip across South America, alone! It took longer for his bike to get out of customs than he anticipated so he                             helped out around the W & W shop and became part of the team for several days. God really knows how to make connections!! Not only were there connections on the American side but the two churches came together in special bond to build the building and the church. Thank you short term Lake Havasu Missionaries.

Keith Spicer from Oregon

First day of work

Last day of work

Just having fun on the jobsite!