March 3, 2011

Ecuador Loving

The other day I received an OSSO alumni newsletter that brought me to tears. OSSO, or the orphanage support services organization, is a wonderful group of LDS people helping orphanages based out of Ecuador. More specifically they work out of Quito and Cuenca. This last summer I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to travel to Cuenca with my best friend and serve the amazing children there. I wouldn't be able to sum up my experience in one blog post and to say it completely changed my life would still be an understatement. I am aware of the cliche, but the friendships I made there will last a life time and the kids touched my heart in a way I never thought possible. I was only there for two short months and it only took me two weeks to fall in love with the children forever. Those kids blessed my life more than anything I could ever have done for them. I do not know one girl who would take back the time she spent there with them. It is simply amazing the way God can show you his love through the actions of others. I felt it through these children everyday and not just on the good ones. It was not a summer vacation and I have the scars to prove it; there were days where I would want to break down and cry, where my kids would relentlessly disobey me and terrorize all us volunteers. But the second one of the kids smiled at me, or hugged me, or chanted Courtney bonita, my day of horrors was completely worth it! Even now, when it has been well over six months since I have been back, not a day goes by without me reminiscing, longingly on the days I spent in Cuenca. Those kids have taken a permanent place in my heart and I look forward to the day when I can be reunited (with out the language barrier) and take them in my arms and give them all besos!

It is unfortunately against Ecuadorian law for me to post any pictures of my little angels on a public blog. If you are curious enought I have some on my facebook and if you are my friend you may view them there. However, I will share a couple photos of the fabulous girls that I met while in Ecuador however.

And of course none of this would be possible without theses amazing assistant directors and host parents of the Cuenca house that put up with all the crazy!

If you are interested to learn more about this wonderful organization please visit their website, here!

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