Come with us as we return to South America this summer to volunteer at La Casa De Fe, a home for abandoned and special needs children in Shell, Ecuador.

"Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” ~Mathew 19:14

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Ministering in Ecuador

Dear Family and Friends,

We (Erin, Sara, Emily, and Luke) pray that you are doing well and that the Lord has been with you. We have all been doing well. Beyond the busyness of preparing for graduations (Sara, Emily, and Luke) and organizing multi-state tours (Erin) we are so excited to have the chance to return to Ecuador this summer to work with the children at Casa de Fe (house of Faith) children’s home. We are especially looking forward to having Emily join us this year!

While we are at Casa de Fe in Shell, Ecuador this summer we will be working with the children one-on-one, teaching classes, leading games and activities, helping with therapy and tutoring and working on the construction of the new school building. We will also work with the toddlers and babies, giving them as much love, touch, and smiles as we can. Most of all we are looking to deepen the relationships that we have developed over the last two years.

The dates of our trip are June 8th - July 13th, with Sara staying longer and returning on August 17th.

In order to make this five week trip a reality we need raise about $1,200 per person for a total of $4,800. This amount, which averages $28 per person per day, will cover the cost of airfare, lodging, food, and other expenses. Would you prayerfully consider sponsoring us for a portion of the cost of this trip? If you would like to make a donation, please make checks out to "Sara Benson" and send to the address listed on the right.

A lot has changed at the children’s home since we were last there. The biggest change is that the new house on the edge of the jungle has been completed and all the children are now living there! We can’t wait to see the kids using the finished building and to know that Luke had a hand in the construction of the house last summer.

We also ask for your prayers as we prepare for the trip and minister to the children. We are currently working on the details of the trip including travel and lodging. Please pray that all of the arrangements will fall into place, and that God will guide us while we are there ministering to the children.

While we are in Ecuador we will again be updating our blog with pictures and stories. If you want to receive automatic email notification when we publish a new post, enter your email in the box on the left.

Thank You!!


  1. Hi Sara -- It's Lisa from over on the Compassion Blog. Could I ask a quick question? There's a gal on the blog who's curious about lapbooks -- you can see an example at the link below.

    The question is, there are little bit of velcro inside. Just small pieces. (You can see them on the pic.) Do you think it will go through? Thanks for your tremendously helpful contributions to the blog. You are an invaluable resource.

    How exciting that you're going back to Ecuador!! We just started sponsoring a child there. Right outside of Quito. I'll email the link to your blog out to my Bible study group and see if anyone would like to contribute. :)

  2. Hi Lisa, I am not sure if the velcro would go through. Normally it is not allowed at all. I will check on friday when I go to Compassion and after I get the offical answer I will post on the Compassion blog. But in the meantime, is there a way to make the book wihtout the velcro?

    Thanks for emailing the link to your Bible study group!