Lifetree Adventures Announces Ecuador Mission Trip
BigNews.biz (press release)
Loveland, CO March 5, 2010- Imagine a mother who doesn’t have enough food to put on the table each night. The painful dilemma of either working to support her family or caring for her children is a choice she has to make every day. And even if she chooses to work, she can just barely get by. This is the situation for many parents in Ecuador.
Lifetree Adventures, along with its local partner organization, reaches out to impoverished families and orphans by providing daycare and feeding programs that serve the many kids who come to our partner’s facility each day during our mission trips. More than just food or shelter for the day, the extension of compassion gives new hope and encouragement to the thousands of people who live near the facility. You’ll be humbled by their gratitude for the simplest of life’s necessities, while being transformed yourself by a greater appreciation of all you have back home.
Another dimension of the Ecuador mission trip is working with small business owners who are utilizing micro-economic resources to improve their standard of living, support their families and create jobs in the region. A little bit goes a long way here as these small-scale entrepreneurs bring economic vitality to their towns and villages. This effort includes helping these local entrepreneurs as well as pastors-in-training improve their English language skills through nighttime classes. Your impact here will be felt for generations to come.
Ecuador Mission Trip Itinerary:
DAY 1 Arrive in Quito and transfer to your hotel
DAY 2 City tour of colonial Quito, a UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site. Visit the Mitad del Mundo (0º latitude) and stand on both hemispheres
DAY 3 Today begins your time of service. Help with a multitude of needs from home visits, to light repairs and assisting with the ministry’s micro-business program.
DAY 4 Service with home visits, light repairs and micro-business program
DAY 5 Service this morning will take place at the City Dump daycare. Then spend your afternoon at the Teleférico, and ride an aerial tramway ride up the side of the volcano.
DAY 6-7 Service with home visits, light repairs and micro-business program
DAY 8 Depart for a real hacienda in the Andes Mountains. Ride horseback above tree line and take part in a hike/zip-line adventure in the mountain jungle to finish out your time in Ecuador. Enjoy a final dinner tonight with new friends.
DAY 9 Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
This Ecuador Christian mission will be offered August 7-15 at a cost of $1595 per person. For more information, or to reserve a spot on the new Ecuador mission trip, travel agents and travelers can go to http://www.lifetreeadventures.com or call 800-747-2157 Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00p.m.MST.
Lifetree Adventures is a new division of Group Cares™ (formerly known as Group Workcamps Foundation), a leading non-profit mission organization offering Christian travel for youth and adults for over 30 years. Lifetree Adventures offers Christian travel options to Alaska, New Orleans, Navajo Nation, Dominican Republic, Kenya, South Africa, Thailand, Peru, Israel, Egypt, Mazatlan, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Fiji and Vanuatu. Through Group Cares™ over 250,000 volunteers have provided more than 7 million hours of volunteer service to projects in hundreds of U.S. and international locations.www.lifetreeadventures.com