Learning God’s lessons while serving in Ecuador

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By Jess Thompson

Greetings, my friends.
I am writing you from Cuenca, Ecuador. What a blessing it is to be able to come and serve God on foreign soil.
I am actually working on a church facility near Tambo, high in the Andes Mountains.
Words cannot express the beauty and tranquility of this place. The people are reminiscient of their Incan relatives of the past. The women wear very bright colored dresses and the men typically wear fancy hats.
Nearly everyone grows their own food in the form of cattle, sheep, goats and chickens.
I ate my first guinea pig a few days ago. Spiritually, what’s on my mind this week is the element of God’s blessings. God has blessed me to be able to come and work for the Ecuadorian people, even though I am a terrible sinner. I recognize I cannot earn my salvation, but faith without works is dead.
God blesses us in so many ways, and it is of utmost importance for us to return those blessings as we can.
The people here are very happy that I have come to help and consider my presence a blessing.
I, on the other hand, consider God allowing me to come and spend time in thought, work and worship a blessing to me. There is no end to God’s blessings that we as sinners do not deserve.
A final thought about my first week here: the lives Ecuadorians lead are so much different than ours. I have yet to see a fast-food restaurant, bar or person smoking. The families here eat most of their meals together, they pray together and spend time together much more than we as Americans do.
Maybe we could learn a thing or two from them.  
It is easy to see God at work in the lives of these people who put their total faith and confidence in God’s provision. Would to God that we might take a lesson from their faithfulness.

Jess Thompson is a resident of Lawrenceburg and faith columnist for The Anderson News. Reach him at jessinlaw