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Stand firm and immovable

By Freddy Vinces

“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58

It is so satisfying to see how our God works every day in different ways in our lives and to know that he uses us for his perfect work.

We are grateful for the first event we had prior the 2017 camp season: “Youth Conference and concert”, which was about “Being mature and to serve”. It was a great time of two days in which we could see many young people who are involved in one way or another with the ministry in their churches and, at the same time, we could felt how our youth are joining the great work of our God.

As we said on one of those nights, God has one purposes for the life of every youth that was in that conference and our goal as the Ministries Committe was that they can grow in their Spiritual life and in that way they can serve in their churches, in their homes, neighborhoods, or wherever the Lord gives them the opportunity to serve.

We want to thank our brother Ricardo Freire, preacher, since he shared his knowledge on the subject, from his experience as a believer and knowing he does a great job sharing the Word of God in many places where the Lord opens him doors.

This is only the beginning and as Ministries Committee we want our brothers and sister who want to collaborate in the 2017 camp season can be challenged not only to serve within the camp season but in their commnities, and that they can make wise decisions in and for their lives.

We stand firm in His work and we let Him use our lives in order to make His word known and show His unconditional Love.

God is good.

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Río Canoa

By Carlos Ortega
 
On Wednesday June 15th at 2:00am, Alex, Johanna, Becky and I left Guayaquil for Canoa, Manabi. We were taking school supply kits for elementary and high school aged kids. After four hours of traveling, it was evident that something big had happened in the province of Manabí.
 
There was debris all over the streets, tents and tarps erected to cover cracks in the walls of homes, other houses suspended by makeshift (caña) scaffolding. One hour more and we arrived at our destination, Canoa.
 
It was 7am when the sign, suspended between two broken poles, read: Welcome to Canoa. We decided to park near a gas station to pray, stretch and plan out our day.
 
There were military and police all over the place. It was moving, to see what once were hotels, homes, and restaurants, now lying in piles of debris, people sleeping in improvised tents used only to sleep at night because in the day they would be too hot to bear.
 
We walked around in the middle of the town in order to find the shelters and people that could give us the information that we needed. We passed one dilapidated house with most of its walls broken down, and there were 3 small children brushing their teeth, there in the street, preparing for their day at school.
 
That scene impacted all of us. We wondered if we should just stay there, and help that one family, or continue on our exploration, surveying the need. We continued, and after speaking with one police officer, he took us to a government shelter.
 
Here, a brief sidebar to explain the two types of shelters.
 
Shelter type #1: In the government shelters, people and families are provided a tent of their own for sleeping, good beds, food, health care services, psychological support and rehabilitation therapy for children.
 
Shelter type #2: In these shelters, people seem to have been provided nothing for their own. They have make-shift plastic tents where the heat is intense and suffocating, only 3 bathrooms for 150 people, and no clean drinking water.
 
After talking to few people, we stayed in this second type of shelter. The policeman introduced us to the leader of the community, and through talking with him, we learned their collective fears and greatest needs: they all want to return to their homes.
 
Unfortunately, the military have detained the people, deeming their houses unsafe and uninhabitable. The majority of the homes of these people, who continue to dream of returning, will sadly soon be demolished.
 
We spoke a bit about what we were doing there, who we were, and the leader shared very sincerely with us that the people in his community have the support of private sponsors. He told us about a group of people at Río Canoa (Canoa River), another small community that were not receiving any outside help.
 
After another 45 minutes, we arrived. In Río Canoa a group of women received us; it almost seemed as if they were anticipating our arrival. Their faces reflected sadness and their suffering was visible.
 
All conversations revolved around the earthquake, and the frightful moments on that 16th day of April. Shaking the dust off, and recounting those vivid memories to us, brought all their tears back to the surface. One mother lost her son and her husband when their home collapsed on top of them. One child was orphaned when his mother died that day. One man lost his only source of work and income.
 
They all continue together, in one shelter. Their lives all struck by the same devastation, and yet holding out the same hope, though the future does not look promising. Each word we shared was for the purpose of strengthening and encouraging their hope. We gathered everyone together, children, women, and a few men and we introduced ourselves — who we were and what we were doing there.
 
I opened a Bible to share with them about the uninterrupted love of God.
 
We read John 3:16, and for some of them it was the first time they had heard it.
 
After a while, we decided it was time to give the community what we had brought with us — the school supply kits — and we had one for each person. They seemed pleased and told us that it was just what was needed as classes were set to begin in the month of July (delayed by 3 months), and they would continue to need more resources for the elementary and high school.
 
This shelter, named Sacred Heart of Jesus, is comprised of approximately 50 people, 15 children, 14 adolescents, 21 adults, and 5 tents (2m x 3.5m long). We were with them that afternoon for about 5 hours.
 
In the end, their words were: “Thank you for remembering us”. They hugged us with strength, and invited us to return.
 
Prayer Requests:
  • That we would be faithful witnesses of Christ.
  • That we would continue to see the guidance of God to know how to help this community.
  • For guidance and protection in our upcoming trips.
  • For the provision of resources for transportation, food, and the tangible social support that is needed.
  • For the team that is involved in this project: Diana, Carlos, Becky, Johanna, Jesse, Daniel, David, Ivan, Alex, the Camp Board, people from the communities of Bastión and for others who will continue to join us.
 
We are thankful to God for guiding us, and for your prayers and the support that has been sent for this effort. There is much to be done. We have taken the first step.
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Family camp retreat 2015

By Becky Martin
 
Annual church retreat of our partner churches from Guayaquil: Sauces, Bastión 10 and Bastión 6
 
On July 24th, 120 people from 3 different churches filled a couple buses for a weekend family retreat at Campamento FE. This year a local Pastor, David Edgecombe, lead 2 sessions with the men, and his wife Cathy met with the women, about how to be Godly men and women in the home and in the church. Carlos Ortega met with the 30 youth and Ana Maria was with the children. It was a weekend that encouraged family unity and growth in Christ. Even meal preparation and cleanup were shared duties between everyone over 12 years old.
 
Weeks before this retreat the church leaders met with numerous young people that were interested in being baptized and on Saturday afternoon we witnessed 14 young people from the 3 different churches take this next step in their faith and publically show their commitment to following Christ.
 
One student from the Hope of Bastion School, just days before the retreat, was removed from his abusive home and now is living with one of the teachers and her family. To hear him share his story and about the love that he has been shown from his ’new family’ moved many to tears. Three other students of the Hope of Bastion School also were baptized that day. Later that night we heard 6 testimonies of children, men and women of how God has changed their lives and how He is working in them today.
 
We are very thankful for Faro de Esperanza and the opportunity that it gives to hold retreats such as these. Please continue to pray for these 3 churches, for Faro de Esperanza, the facilities of Campamento El Faro, and the Hope of Bastion School that they may continue to be vessels of God’s love and bring hope of a changed future in their communities.
 
Thank you so much for your prayers and financial support to make this weekend possible again this year. Your faithful partnership is such a blessing to all who are a part of these ministries.
 
Please pray for the spiritual growth of the young people who were baptized: Adrian, Maria, Emily, Adriana, Anayeli, Pamela, Joyce, Rommel, Susana John, Paul, Christian, Andreina, Washington and Ellen.
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Engabao

Puerto Engabao, a 20 minutos de General Villamil Playas, es un pequeño, pero a la vez, hermoso puerto pesquero. Poseedor de hermosos paisajes, que enamoran la vista de turistas locales y extranjeros. Su ambiente rústico y maravillosas playas, forman la simbiosis perfecta para cualquier persona que quiera visitar Engabao. También ofrece la posibilidad de alojarse en hospederías comunitarias, económicas, seguras y hospitalarias, la mejor manera de compartir con la cultura local

El tamaño de sus olas lo convierten en el principal atractivo para los surfistas que ven en este sitio el lugar ideal para practicar dicho deporte, también se conoce a la zona como “Playa Escondida”.

Puerto Engabao es un lugar para alejarse de todo y es también un excelente sitio para admirar algunas fascinantes especies como: gaviotas, garzas, pelícanos, albatros, cucube y más.

En la playa de Puerto Engabao se puede realizar algunas actividades como: pesca deportiva, surf, paseos marítimos recreativos, fútbol y voleibol.

Fotografía e información de Ecuador.travel.

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El Morro

Los Manglares El Morro, forman parte del Sistema Nacional de Áreas Protegidas del Ecuador. Fue creado el 13 de Septiembre del 2007. Tiene una extensión de 10.130,16 hectáreas. Su clima es influenciado directamente por corrientes marinas, que vienen del océano Pacífico, su ecosistema, difiere de las áreas interiores debido a que se encuentra en la entrada del Golfo de Guayaquil.

Atractivos

Los recorridos en lancha, por el estero, en los que se aprecia la flora y fauna del lugar.
En la flora, existen cuatro especies de manglar (Mangle blanco, negro, rojo, y jelí). En la fauna, se observan aves típicas de esta zona como fragatas o garzas pico de espátula.

Hacia las zonas más abiertas del estero, se encuentra el Islote Farallones, o Isla de los Pájaros, lugar de concentración multitudinaria de aves marinas como pelícanos, gaviotas y la colonia más grande de fragatas en el Ecuador. En estas mismas zonas, en las que se mezclan aguas ricas en biodiversidad, se alimentan los delfines nariz de botella que cuando salen a respirar, brindan un espectáculo majestuoso. A su vez se ofrecen tours a la Isla de las Fragatas (Manglesito), en donde se visita la torre mirador para realizar avistamiento de aves.

 

Museo Comunitario

Entrada: Gratuita
Ubicación: Malecón del Puerto.
Horarios: Lunes a domingo de: 08h00, 16h00.

Puerto El Morro cuenta con un centro de interpretación, el que posee restos de jaibas, cangrejo azul y el esqueleto de un delfín y  fotografía de aves.

Festival de la Lisa y el Marisco

Este Festival se realiza en Mayo,  cada año convoca a cientos de turistas nacionales y extranjeros. Se realiza con la participación activa de los miembros de la comunidad, quienes sostienen que la actividad turística les brinda la posibilidad de impulsar negocios y emprendimientos productivos, para lograr su desarrollo socioeconómico.

Este evento dinamiza la economía del lugar, donde hay más de una decena de pescadores que se dedican a la caza de la lisa en el canal del Morro, con el propósito de ofrecerla a los servidores turísticos del lugar, que en cada festival venden hasta 3.000 unidades entre $2,00 y $3,00 dólares cada una, dependiendo del tamaño.

Fotografía e información tomada de Guayaquil es mi destino.

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Playa Varadero

Playa Varadero era un lugar en la que existían 24 cabañas, en las que los comuneros, de manera informal y desordenada, ofrecían comida preparada. En 2010, tuvo un proceso de regeneración urbana, implantado por la alcaldía de Guayaquil, que la convirtió en un lugar cómodo y funcional para el servicio de los turistas.

Atractivos

El proyecto turístico Playa Varadero, es un lugar de gran atractivo, pues permite al visitante, disfrutar del esplendor de una playa de 2,5 kilómetros de extensión y un clima privilegiado, en el que además se encuentran instalaciones cómodas entre la que sobresale un patio de comidas al pie del mar, en forma de concha y hecho en muyuyo (madera de la zona), en el que se puede degustar las delicias de la gastronomía marinera de la costa.
Cuando la marea está baja, se forman piscinas naturales de las que disfrutan más los pequeños. Hacia un costado de la playa existe un acantilado. En la parte baja del cerro está una zona amplia en la que se pueden organizar partidos de fútbol playero.

Servicios

Hay un mercado de artículos varios en el cual se puede encontrar 24 restaurantes; 21 de comida elaborada con mariscos, 2 coctelerías y heladería. Además, cuenta con 3 rampas de acceso a la playa, 4 torres salvavidas, servicio de alquiler de parasoles, módulo de juegos infantiles, área de casilleros a consignación, parqueaderos para estacionamiento de autos y buses, un área de reserva, duchas, pérgolas, y 10 hamacarios con cabañas.

Fotografía e información tomada de Guayaquil es mi destino.

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