Ecuador: Update from Bethany
Bethany Lake is sharing about her five-week internship in Ecuador this summer. She traveled to Ecuador twice as a middle schooler, participated in Learn & Serve with her youth group and just completed her freshman year of college. We look forward to hearing about her adventures this summer with our short-term teams! You read her first post here.
These past two weeks have been absolutely incredible! The Lord has been moving in Ecuador. The first week, I was picked up from the hotel by Dr. Roberto and Jose to go to the airport to receive the team from Texas A&M, as well as Tom (SIFAT’s executive director) and Peggy (SIFAT’s international team coordinator). The team had about 28 members with the majority coming from the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, College of Nursing, Ragel College of Pharmacy and School of Public Health, but about 9 came from the Texas A&M Department of Construction Science. We had an incredible week with amazing results.
Ecuador: Meet our 2015 Intern
Bethany Lake will be sharing about her five-week internship in Ecuador this summer. She participated in two trips as a child that made a lasting impact on her life. Bethany also attended Learn & Serve Summer Experience with SIFAT. She has regularly supported SIFAT, as we chronicled in the May 2008 issue of the SIFAT Journal. We look forward to hearing about her adventures this summer with our short-term teams!
Hi, my name is Bethany Lake, and I am a sophomore at Elon University in North Carolina, double majoring in biostatistics and public health. I went on my first mission trip with SIFAT in 2007 as a fifth grader when my world was changed. I saw and understood global needs for the first time and recognized what it means to be the hands and feet of Christ. As I left Ecuador to return home, I knew that I wanted to be back, and I hoped that the Lord wanted me back in Ecuador, as well. The next year, my church once again took the high school students to Ecuador. I was able to again tag along with my mom and older siblings, even though I was younger than anyone else on the team. This within itself was an answered prayer to me. Just the opportunity to go back to the place that captured my heart was the most amazing thing! Fast forward eight years, and here I am, once again watching my dreams come true as I intern with SIFAT. I have had the dream of again returning to Ecuador as an adult to not only work with children, but also experience the medical/public health side of missions. Not a day goes by that I’m not in prayer for the people of Ecuador, and I am in complete awe of the way the Lord is working in my life and that I have the opportunity to go back to the place that captured my heart so many years ago.
Spring 2015 Journal
Our Spring 2015 Journals have been mailed. We also post each issue on the News page of our website. To read the latest issue, click here.
Worship on the Water 2015
Worship on the Water (WOW) starts this weekend! Sponsored by SIFAT, WOW is a casual, nondenominational worship service held at Lakeside Marina in Wedowee, Ala., Sundays at 9 a.m. from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend. Each week features a different speaker and musician. Whether you are a local resident or a weekend visitor, we hope to see you at WOW this summer!
Bolivia: April 2015 Quesimpuco Update
Ivan “Boo Lee” Roman, our Latin American Project Coordinator, will be sharing about SIFAT’s Quesimpuco projects each month. This is his first update, and we are excited to be able to share about the wonderful work our graduates are doing in this isolated community high in the Andes Mountains. SIFAT began working in Quesimpuco in the mid-90s. Many young professionals who lived in the SIFAT-sponsored boarding home and attended our high school moved away for higher education, but are returning to serve their own communities. More than 10,000 people live beyond Quesimpuco in the Chayanta Valley, accessible only by narrow foot trails carved into steep mountainsides. Quesimpuco is in the province of Chayanta in northern Potosi. One of the poorest and most remote areas in the Americas, the average annual income is $97.
Challenges for the Elderly in the Chaupirana Valley
Life in Quesimpuco and other villages in the Chaupirana Valley is not easy for anyone especially the elderly. With no markets or steady influx of goods from far away productive areas, our people there live on the verge of a tragedy should a prolonged rainy season or drought hit the area. Most of the elderly population live by themselves. The distance to their small plots bears a heavy load on their everyday struggle to survive. Facing a shortage of firewood, they walk great distances across rough terrain to collect a few sticks to cook the small yield their farms produce. With such insufficient nourishment, their health is poor and they are more than likely to skip a medical visit the few times doctors are available.