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Day 4 Ecuador - Monday June 9, 2014

posted May 31, 2015, 7:23 AM by Julie Lawson   [ updated May 31, 2015, 8:41 PM ]
Today it was time to get to work! We went back to the Pijal church and did some site work. Luke and I did a site survey, Kevin performed a structural inspection, and the rest of the team took measurements of the existing building and worked in the church on a preliminary layout. We were joined by many children who were interested in what we were doing. The pastor helped mark the corners of the property, including scampering down a very steep hill in his dress clothes! And Luke and I were surrounded by various livestock throughout the day as they roamed the community. 

It was great being on site to work and get more familiar with the building and the property. The day started cool and drizzled but turned out to be gorgeous. We were treated to great hospitality once again with coffee in the morning and a lunch (potatoes, beans, corn, a fantastic salsa and a warm drink) prepared by the church. Their local cooking techniques are a bit different from what we're used to - but the result is just fine!

Luke distracted by some chickens.

Julie contemplating life while having coffee and surveying.

Julie and Luke surveying (photo by Rene).

Kevin, Rene, Ruth, Steve & Kendra working on the building plan inside of the church.

Kendra and Melany working on the layout (photo by Rene).

The church's cooking method (photo by Ruth).

Preparing the potatoes at the church's water supply (photo by Rene).

Taking a break to enjoy lunch.

What a great view while we worked!

Taking a break after the day's work: Ruth, Rene, Julie, and Kendra grabbing a selfie with a donkey (photo by Ruth).

My favorite picture of the volcano Imbabura.