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Sharing Experiences Of Serving In Ecuador

Read what some of our past and present volunteers have to say about their experiences serving in Ecuador with One Heart Global Ministries.

For me, the most valuable of experiences was being able to see God work in the smallest things!

“Words on paper cannot explain in the least how my experiences in Ecuador changed me spiritually and professionally! Lately, I have been so busy with school and not giving much time to my boyfriend, friends, family or to myself. Since the mission trip, I have realized that life is too short to only focus on one thing. I want to reconnect with old friends, give more love to family, friends, and even strangers. I want to laugh every day. More importantly, It has opened a part of me that has been hidden away for the past 8 years. I sense that I have changed into a better person since I have been back from Ecuador and this trip had made me more confident that helping in third world countries through medical missions is what I want to do as part of my pharmacy career.” – - Ecuador Mission Trip | 2010

 

ARTICLE: Experience in Ecuador redefines “NEED” for Father and Daughter

July 10, 2012 | By: Nick Sewell | Washington State University College of Education Blog

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 ”This experience is one I will never forget! It really taught me not to take things for granted and how to really give back to people in need and to not live so self-centered. I now see in my future many more medical mission trips as I have a great desire to serve in this capacity on a regular basis!” — Keegan | Ecuador Medical Mission Trip | 2007

“I am thankful for our spiritual team because sometimes emotional healing helps the sick. As each person prayed for a 17 year old girl that had become paralyzed after a tumor had been removed, I could really feel God’s love and presence. It was an amazing thing to witness! After leaving home and being in college for quite some time, I have strayed from my religious beliefs, but after my spiritual experiences in Ecuador, it has woken me up!” –  Ecuador Medical Mission | 2010

I feel that I can see God’s blessings  around me so much more easily than before my mission experience. This has made me more grateful for things I have always taken for granted. Thank you!

Q: As a pharmacist, did you feel you used your expertise to enhance patient care?
A: “Definitely! This was an ideal setting to help with patient care because our team of nurses, doctors, dentists, and pharmacists worked very cohesively together and helped each other accomplish patient care needs.” –Medical Mission Team | 2007

“Rumor has it that citizens of the United States experience a higher percentage of stress compared to the rest of the world. With all the materialistic goods, does it bring true happiness and fun? I have come to a greater realization that money DOES NOT bring true or all happiness. In Ecuador, they believe in close family and friendships. They value the company of each other and everywhere we went the locals waved, said hello, and gave us hugs! It didn’t matter the situation, the Ecuadorians were always smiling and laughing. We take many things for granted. Simple things, like warm and clean water. Many Ecuadorians live without any form of luxury and yet they still lead happier and more content lives. This was very powerful to witness!”

“One of the most emotional and heart wrenching moments of my trip was when I was faced with a home visit while working in the medical clinic of a rural village. Initially I was very excited to go to the patient’s house and help treat her, as she was unable to travel to our clinic that was stationed a mile away. When I arrived at the patient’s home, she was sitting outside unable to get up because her knees were completely worn out, bone-on-bone at the joints. She was in excruciating pain and her home was nothing more than a small room with straw on the ground to sleep on. Her “oven” was a simply a hole dug into the side of the mountain. She, her husband, and her two granddaughters all shared this humble dwelling. As we began to ask the woman questions about her pain, it became very obvious that she had been living with this pain for months, perhaps even years. We told her that we would send her granddaughter back with some medication that would ease her pain. Then we all prayed for her. As we began to pray, many of those around me began to shed tears. The woman prayed for all of us in a language I did not understand (Quichiwa). The prayer went on for several minutes and it took everything I had to hold back my tears. Looking back, I am not sure why I held back my tears of sorrow and despair, but it felt like the most appropriate thing to do at the time.”

DO YOU HAVE AN EXPERIENCE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE?

If you would like to share an experience of your own, please email us at ohgmecuador@gmail.com.