Ecuador 2010

Posted: Nov 23, 2010 by Kade in

Thank you Hayden, Lexi, and Caroline, for posting on my blog!! You guys are amazing!

Man, the trip to Ecuador was crazy!!

After spending two days in the capitol gathering people and supplies, we loaded up the 40 foot canoe with all our baggage, medical/dental equipment, and ourselves. (Unfortunately, on the eight hour trip down the river, I sat next to two ladies who didn't give me much room... I had half a cheek on the miniature bench. That hurts.) After a long ride down we stopped at a community in the jungle. The highlights of that community was playing 3-man-volleyball with some of the guys in the community, going hunting with Pedro, gathering euka (a root we ate with every meal), and spending time with the kids in our class that Nathan and I put on with Sandro. Number of bites on my left leg at this time: 133.
[Pedro killed it; not me]

Then we traveled up river to our second village. The highlights of this community was... playing soccer with a bunch of guys there, and that 3-liter of Coke. Number of bites on my left leg at this time: 160.

Back up there river to our third community, the highlights there were: the house we were staying in, and fishing. Number of bites on my left leg at this time: Unknown.

Back up the river to our forth community. The highlights there were: playing with the kids and teaching them games, driving a stick-shift truck and a motorcycle, finding the lack of a table and then going out into the jungle to cut down a tree to make one, and pancakes. Number of bites on my left leg at this time: 270.

Worst part about the trip:

Choking down the grubs. I tried eat one to show appreciation and love to the people there, but unfortunately I gagged like four times and then threw it up. But at least I gave it my best shot, right? After thinking about it a bit, I figured that it wasn't my best shot, because my best would be having another one. And so, by God's grace, I choked down another one.... that stayed down.

Since you probably have some questions for me, I'll try and answer them in the next post!

Until the whole world hears,



  1. Looks like you had an amazing time, Kade! As for the grubs and bugbites... just part of the experience right? haha!

  1. Lexi says:

    You're welcome for posting on your blog while you were away...although I feel like an awful bad blogger since I barely wrote much at all!

    Loved this post! It seems like you had quite an amazing experience Kade. Seriously! You are ONE BRAVE DUDE WITH THOSE GRUBS. I gagged just LOOKING at them.

    Can't wait to hear more about this trip!

  1. Eldarwen says:

    Oh wow!! It looks like you had an awesome time! I could never eat a grub without puking. I wouldn't even be able to get it within five inches of my mouth. Haha. :D Aww, the kids are so cute! I would have LOVED to be able to play with and witness to them! :) It's so awesome that God allowed you to be able to go to Ecuador to be a witness for Christ, to so many people! That's just great! I'm glad you had a good time. :)

    Was there anyone whom you met and were able to witness to (or was a witness to you in some way), while you were in Ecuador, that specifically had an impact on you?

    What's one thing you received from this trip that you will never forget?

  1. anna :) says:

    haha, i'm sure i would've had just as many (or more) bug bites. but hey, you took 'em for Jesus, huh? although i'm not sure if i would be able to take the grub for Jesus. i think i might've just lived on bread and water (did they have normal bread?) for the time being. haha :)

    anyhow, looks like you had amazing time and i am so totally jealous.

    ok, maybe jealous isn't the right word...i just wish i would've been there!

    anna :)

  1. Christine says:

    Glad you had a great time Kade!

    How did the dental part of the trip go? Did you actually work on anyone's teeth?

    Did you try to eat the grubs for breakfast or dinner? Cuz if it was for breakfast, I wouldn't blame you gagging. :)

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
    Chrissy <><

  1. Chloƫ says:

    I'm not sure if "fun" is the right word, but this is a totally amazing experience! (Plus I love the fact that you COUNTED each bite on your leg.)

    Those grubs are HUGE and... gubby. Bleh. I don't know how you did it. Was is the taste or just the thought that made it so gross?

    Other than the food, Ecuador sounds like an awesome place!

  1. Madison says:

    Oh that looks like fun, sorry about the bug bites, Ever heard of malaria?! Or bug spray!

  1. I agree with everyone else! Looks like you had an amazing time... *gag*.. those bugs... um... wow... I wouldn't have been able to. So thumbs up for yoU!