Kelsey Riebel, Global Mission Intern
Watch Dusty and Kelsey's presentation of their time in Guatemala and Ecuador. (This can be downloaded for use in virtual Sunday School and worship.)
How would you describe the mission of our partner in Ecuador?
In a nutshell, FEDICE’s mission is to offer education, vocational training, financial support, and empowerment to the marginalized, indigenous populations in Ecuador, especially women and families.
How do you fit into their mission?
FEDICE utilizes volunteers to help coordinate and participate in activities with mission groups who come from the US to volunteer in a variety of projects including healthcare, dental, construction, etc.
What led you to engage in this calling?
I wanted to immerse myself in another culture in order to learn more about other people and other ways of thinking and living, to learn more about myself, and to grow closer to God.
Is there a passage of scripture that carries special meaning in your daily work?
"In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead."
- James 2:17 (NIV)
What are some of the challenges facing the people of Ecuador, our partner, or yourself?
Ecuador has significant regionalism and poverty. FEDICE works hard to determine how best to allocate funds and projects to those who would benefit the most and would have the most sustainable outcomes. I found it challenging to communicate more deeply while learning the language.
What is a lesson you have learned from our partner that you feel should be shared with churches in the U.S.?
Personal connection is arguably one of the most important and rewarding aspects of life.
Which books have influenced your understanding of your country, work, or theology:
“Culture Smart! Ecuador” by: Russel Maddicks
I read information at our language school about local legends such as Baltazar Ushca (the only person left who still harvests ice from Chimborazo mountain) and Oswaldo Guayasamín (famous painter and sculptor).
Which films that have influenced your understanding of your country, work, or theology:
“Magical Andes” documentary