My name is Katy Falkenberg, and I'm a new freshman this year. Today I'm going to give you an update on our trip.
After a morning of sleeping in and a breakfast of pancakes, we went off to work. I was on the painting crew at the Children's Home, which was empty of all children except little David. While everyone else was at school, David got to learn new words and take a long nap. We finished painting the kitchen purple and then worked on painting the office purple as well. We took turns climbing up the rickety old ladder to paint the top of the wall.
Later in the afternoon, Shelly, Kajsa, Justine, Courtney, and I left to do VBS. When we got there we walked through the streets calling any kids we saw to come to "la casa de Carla" for bible school. We started out blowing bubbles (burbujas) and coloring. Then we put together our John 3:16 puzzles. Some people made the puzzles too hard (Taylor and Eric), so a few of the kids needed a lot of help. After that we sang a song in Spanish, which has been stuck in my head all day, about Jesus being in our heart always. Steve then told the story of David and Goliath, and we made necklaces and bracelets and celebrated Carla's birthday with "Tres Leches" cake. We all really enjoyed the time with these kids, and they all responded well to the activities Shelly and Courtney planned.
While all this was happening the group at the church did some hard manual labor. They spent the day mixing concrete. They all came back sore and tired after a hard day of work.
After work we went to the track to run and came back to have dinner with missionaries from Ecuador. Now we are all relaxing and preparing for another day of work. We appreciate all of your prayers and support and look forward to telling everyone more when we get home!