Saturday, September 02, 2006

Guayaquil, part 1

We have some pictures from our recent trip to Guayaquil. As I mentioned before, we really had a nice trip there. Thanks for the prayers. We had a special time of fellowship there and a safe trip there and back. We also were encouraged to see the work there and got a few different ideas from our friends there. We also got to do a bit of sightseeing and the following pictures will be from this time. These first few pictures are ones that we took along the way there that reminded us of other places we've been...
Might has well have been in Texas in this one...

Might has well have been in Kansas or Missouri in this one...

This one sure reminded us of Southeast Asia (rice fields).
This one reminded me of all the banana trees in Uganda, only these were of a different variety of the kind they have in Uganda. The ones here are the same kind that you would get at the grocery store in the US. We saw miles and miles of these fields and many signs that said Dole. We heard that Dole gets a lot of their bananas here. I have also heard that Ecuador is the number 1 banana exporter/producer in the world.
This next one is finally from Guayaquil. It is from Iguanas Park, which is in front of the main cathedral in the city. It was so amazing to see iguanas just walking around everywhere. We saw some up in trees and a friend that lives there warned us to watch where we stood!
This one is from Santa Ana hill, which is a area that they have developed for tourism. It was really quite nice. There were some nice restaraunts and shops on the way up to the top of the hill, which has a lighthouse and lookout area. It was painted up pretty nice and was a nice area. Guayaquil is the largest city of Ecuador and is really an area of extremes, mostly in regard to poverty and wealth. I think quite a bit of Ecuador's money is in Guayaquil or goes through it. On the other hand, there is quite a bit of poverty there as well. We really saw that in one community we went to. Overall, we were really pleasantly surprised by our visit there. We really hadn't heard much that was good about it. I think this is mainly due to the rivalry of the Sierra (mountainous area) and the Coastal area. I encourage you all to pray for Guayaquil and the work of the gospel that is going on there. Pray especially for our missionary friends that are there as they begin new works. On top of this, pray that local workers will be sent out into the harvest field (Luke 10:2).
This one was taken from the top of the hill. It has a nice view of us, the city and the river and riverwalk area. I guess this is all for now. I hope to put some more pictures from our trip up next time. I guess I'll close with telling you all about my My Space page...I don't know if you've heard about this phenomenon (I'm kind of new to it) but if you want to check it out click on this- or on the link on the side that says Ben's my space page. Take care and God bless.


Anonymous said...

It was so good to have you guys come visit us last week. Great pictures and write-up. There have been many times that we too have noticed how similar parts of our territory are to Texas and other places we've been. Thanks also for the prayer-plug--hopefully some of your readers will actually do so!

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