Ecuador: “I promised to return”

Carlos ferries supplies along the beach between San Jose and Curia. The truck has no brakes and more rust than metal.

Carlos holds two children during a Bible study at a community center the ministry built.

Carlos helps a child from one of his other vehicles. He picks up many women and children for a service on Sunday.

Carlos prays outside the community center during a service.

Carlos Guerrero was just a “normal little boy” that grew up in San Jose, Ecuador, a small village of a few hundred that snuggles up to the Pacific Ocean along several miles of flat pristine beach. He played soccer and fished as a child, but also shouldered the heavy responsibility of finding food for his mother and sisters during Ecuador’s dark days of recession when his dad had to move far away to look for work.

One thing is certain, as a little boy he had no idea that he would one day leave Ecuador for the United States, join the US Army, become a US citizen, marry an American and then later own a prosperous business. All through his years living in the USA he would remember his friends in San Jose and hope to one day return. “When I left for the United States with my family in search of a better life, I made a promise to someday return to help the people of San Jose and Curia,” the two towns he grew up between.

Just four years ago, Carlos and his wife sold everything they had and returned to San Jose to start a Christian ministry that tries to meet the spiritual and physical needs of the villages of San Jose and Curia. He says, “One morning as we strolled on the beach, we met a young boy. We asked him why he wasn’t in school. He said his family could not afford to send him to high school. Sadly, like generations before him, the boy would be unable to further his education past the fourth grade for a lack of $100 a year. Our hearts sank, but our spirits were lifted. At this moment, my wife Jeannette and I made a life-long commitment to serve and be a witness for the love of Christ to these beautiful people.”

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All Photographs ┬ęCopyright Gary S. Chapman

(Nikon D4, 24mm f1.4, 1/40 sec, f16, ISO 100)
(Nikon D4, 70-200mm f2.8 @130mm, 1/320 sec, f2.8, ISO 1250)
(Nikon D4, 35mm f1.4, 1/1250 sec, f1.4, ISO 320)
(Nikon D4, 70-200mm f2.8 @70mm, 1/2500 sec, f2.8, ISO 1600)

4 thoughts

  1. Jim…you are right. Sometimes we hold off doing small simple things because we are waiting for the “high profile or complex” ministry ideas!

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