After a lengthy day of travel (20 hours) I made it home last night at about 1 AM. Our flight was delayed out of Quito by 2 1/2 hours, soooo, virtually all of us missed our connections.

Gary Dolan, our Executive Pastor at RiverTree, asked me on a scale from 1 to 10 how the trip was. I said, “On a scale from 1 to 10, the trip was a 12!”

Let me begin by giving you some of the nuggets I learned on this journey . . .

*For every child sponsored through Compassion International, the local church that runs the Compassion Project gains “credible access” to 30 other people in the community–simply because the church is loving and caring for the child in Jesus’ name.

*You cannot debate a Muslim into the Kingdom of God, but you can love a Muslim into the Kingdom of God. –Wess Stafford

*Compassion is partnering with 190 churches in the country of Ecuador alone–4,000 churches worldwide. They are adding one new church every single day.

*Grenadier fruit is this amazing tasting fruit that you can eat in Ecuador. It has one down-side . . . it’s texture is like eating crunchy snot (at least that’s what I would imagine crunchy snot to . . .).

*There are 12 million people living in Ecuador, only 5-8% are Evangelical Christians.

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