It was cold up in the mountains on that Wednesday evening. Even though Ecuador is located on the equator, when you are at an altitude of over 11,000 feet, the temperature at night is about forty degrees. The Qechua church had no heating system — the people arrived from the fields wrapped in their familiar wool blankets. The seats were simple wooden benches on a hard tile floor; there were no cushions or pew racks. The sound system was also primitive — one microphone, one old distorted keyboard, and one very large speaker in the corner. If this church were located in the United States, you would expect it to be in one of our most impoverished communities.
Yet the people were so thankful, so open, so content. Their church was just over twenty years old, born out of the fires (more…)