I leave tomorrow morning on an Exposure Tour with Compassion Canada to Quito, Ecuador – the oldest and founding city in South America and capital of Ecuador. I will be joining a team of pastors, Radio and TV personalities, music artists and Compassion staff to visit a number of Compassion Projects (child development centers) in the Quito region of Ecuador. Pastor Dave Ralph and his wife Sue will be joining the team from my home church of Lakeside. I look forward to sharing this time with them. I love South America, the people, the culture, the music and of course the food. It was in Ecuador, December of 2004 with the 5th String BLVD. band, where I was exposed to extreme poverty for the first time. God moved me (from a heart level) in a profound way to do something more than what I was already doing as a music artist while we played on a stage in the Quito city dump where 300 families made their homes out of the garbage. As a result, I began partnering with Compassion Canada to help children and families in extreme poverty situations. It has been an amazing 4-year journey as I have seen many partner with me and Compassion in doing their part to sponsor children. I will try to blog daily while I am away. I appreciate your prayers for safety and a productive time for God’s kingdom.
Quito, Ecuador – at aprox. 9,350 feet – is the second highest capital city in the world