Ecuador was my first trip I have ever been on… I have not traveled within the U.S. or outside of it. I was so scared and nervous for the entire trip; mostly flying in an airplane. However, this experience was the most rewarding experience of my life. Ecuador, I feel was a good starting trip for me. Accommodations, I felt, were very nice, safe, clean, and beautiful. The atmosphere was loving and peaceful. The food is fresh and delicious it was almost like your taste buds danced with each bite. The village people there are amazing and loving, which makes their hardship even more heartbreaking… at the end of the eight day trip I didn’t want to leave.
The nursing aspect of the trip was wonderful and an experience that really reminds nurses why we choose this profession in the first place. The things we mostly treated at the clinic or took the villagers for treatment at the nearest hospital were DKA, hypertension, high blood sugars, yeast infections, parasites, lice, cough with sore throat, and colds. We had other rare diseases and illness that we treated as well. As a new nurse I definitely gained knowledge from the other experienced nurses on the trip with me and our host.
The spiritual and emotional aspects from this trip are different for everyone, but very much rewarding and memorable for all. The things I gained most from this trip where a closer relationship with God. I learned many things about myself when I was in Ecuador and discovered the things I want the most to achieve during my life. I gained an appreciation for so many things and let my guard down emotionally and spiritually during the trip. I saw and felt God in everything there which is astonishing because it is sometimes very hard to see Him here in the states with all the distractions… those are the thing I miss most about Ecuador.
It has been months since my trip and I think about Ecuador very often. My heart almost breaks knowing I won’t be able to return this year… Ecuador is the one place in the world that is now embedded in my heart and soul, which feels more like a home than anywhere else. I have made many friends from this trip and stay in contact with many people I met and grew to know during the mission trip. I could go on and on about how much I love Ecuador and the people as well as the need of the people there, but I think everyone needs to experience this on their own… so take my advice… don’t let fear, worry, or anything else stop you from changing your life as well as making some else’s life better… make the decision to go on a mission trip today… you will be surprised by what you discover during your journey with God…
“Prayer in action is love, and love in action is service. Try to give unconditionally whatever a person needs in the moment. The point is to do something, however small, and show you care through your actions by giving your time … We are all God’s children so it is important to share His gifts. Do not worry about why problems exist in the world – just respond to people’s needs … We feel what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean, but that ocean would be less without that drop.“– Mother Teresa