Monday, November 12, 2012

You've Got a Friend in Me

Before I even arrived in Ecuador, I knew it would be a challenge to find new friends here. I was prepared to have ample time to myself at the beginning, as I get to know people. To be honest, the first few weeks were really difficult. I often felt alone. As I am a naturally social person, I don't do well spending all my time alone. However, it was good to be connected with the church, get to know my neighbors and colleagues. Each night I prayed for friends here in the city. I trusted that God would provide for me in his timing. And in time, he did. I have been blessed with several wonderful friends now, and though we come from different places, we can connect and support one another. I want to dedicate this blog to appreciating the amazing friends I've made here in Quito.

Firstly, my friends from Español Intensivo. Over the weeks, I got to know three girls at the school where I'm studying Spanish. They are engineers, from other countries (foreigners as well!). Scarlett is from China, Chika from Nigeria, and Prossie from Uganda. It's been a joy getting to know them. A week ago we went to Baños together for a weekend get-away (during a holiday, of course).

Whitewater rafting

Repelling waterfalls!

Scarlett, Chika, and Prossie

Secondly, my friend Oscar, who I met at dinner at a mutual friend's house. He is Columbian, but has lived here for years, thus he's been a great help in showing me around the city!

At the historic district of Quito

Finally, I have had the chance to get to know some of the other young adults at the Methodist Church here in Quito. One afternoon we walked around the city together. One of the girls is also named Rebecca, thus I was the "Rebecca" pronounced in English and she was the "Rebecca" pronounced in Spanish. Although I kept reminding them to call me Becky. :)

The 2 Rebecca's

Josue, Rebecca, and I
I've really enjoyed getting to know these individuals over the past month or so. It just goes to show that God can transcend borders and languages! Developing friendships with people who are so different than me, but also so similar has been a learning experience. We've had some deep conversations, we've disagreed on certain issues, but we've had fun. I will miss these friends when I move to Romerillos, my permanent placement in two weeks, but I know that I will get to know many more lovely people there as well. God is good, all the time! And even when we feel like we are without friends in this world, God is there. He is our shoulder to cry on, arms to carry us, and voice to laugh with us. A friend loves at all times. Proverbs 17:17

1 comment:

  1. Your new friends are a true answer to prayers!