If you find yourself hyperventilating, take comfort in the knowledge that a mission trip is far from a fly-by-night affair. Time is on your side. Mission management professionals all recommend starting the planning process at least three months in advance. But if this will be your first experience, you might want to give it six months.
Quito, Ecuador is a beautiful destination with amazing cultural attractions and a vibrant urban center. There are soccer (futbol) games, festivals, and architecture, yet the country is still firmly rooted in a third-world status. Many people here suffer from poverty and lack of resources like education, healthcare, and infrastructure development. Though Ecuador has an upper class, much of the population is still poor. Quito is a wonderful place for mission travel. This article aims to focus on Quito, Ecuador, and the populations served there.
The year of 2017 was racked with devastating weather across the planet. Hurricanes, earthquakes, landslides, and now the deep freeze that has taken us into the new year, disaster survival is on everyone's mind. Taking your next mission trip to help rebuild a community hit by a recent natural disaster will resonate strongly with your group participants and your entire congregation. You may even get an unusually high number of volunteers whose recent brushes with extreme weather has made them sensitive the thought of someone else's home getting washes away. Of course, plane tickets and disaster recovery supplies don't pay for themselves which is why mission trip groups are constantly running fundraisers.