A Day in the Life

A lot of people have predisposed ideas of what missionaries do.  We sleep on cots, live in the jungle, commute in canoes and overall everything is different than a first world country.

Since the only time I have taken a canoe down a river (instead of a taxi, car or bus) was on a tour led by a tour guide,  I thought it would be better if I gave you a clearer look into my day to day routine here in Ecuador.  We wake up around 6 am to get ready for the day and do some devotions (I will be honest and say sometimes it maybe a little later for me).  We walk about fifteen minutes to work.  Instead of using machetes or a canoe through the jungle, it is actually more like dodging cars and traffic while keeping my laptop dry when I run across the street with it in my backpack.  On our later mornings, we stop by a bakery and buy breakfast on our way to work.

I usually start working a little after eight am.  My current tasks have included insurance claims (which there have been a lot of lately), answering emails concerning small health problems, making doctor’s appointments for people here in Quito and making sure that everyone has the correct immunizations.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I take two different buses (about 45 minutes to an hour commute) to a local orphanage where I spend a couple of hours playing with children.  In the future, I hope to blog more about this, because it has really been a blessing to be a part of these children’s lives and to spend time with them.  There are two different houses for kids there so I split my time between them.  On Tuesdays, I play with and feed the babies who are all under two.  On Thursdays I wrestle with the kids between two and five.

Afterwards, myself and my pepper spray walk down to the main street to find a taxi that is willing to take me across town for a decent price.  I pick up my Spanish teacher on the way to class and together we go to another missionary’s house where two of us try to further our Spanish.  I get back to my apartment usually between eight and nine, get some rest and then wake up to do it again.  Of course, being the nurse/medical coordinator that I am here sometimes my schedule can vary.  I can be awakened in the middle of the night or called while in the middle of work at the office and then everything is put aside.  This may mean making a house call for someone who is not feeling very good or meeting someone to take them to the hospital.

I hope that gives you all a better look into what I do each day.  Justin would type his, but though it is valuable work, it is a little less exciting to hear about him working on a website or computer problems all day.



Author: Krista

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  1. Thank you all for the love and comments. We appreciate your comments and encouragement.

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  2. Thanks for sharing your life with us. God bless you both.

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    • Thanks for sharing

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  3. You look great and thanks for sharing your day with me. Love you both.
    Take care. Dixie Ackley

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    • Thank you Dixie. We hope that everything is going well for you and your family back in Nampa.

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