Heart for Ecuador
Heart for Ecuador is just that, a glimpse into the heart God has given me for Ecuador.
What People Say
The Ecuador medical mission trip is a perfect introduction to missions for a family. The country is beautiful, the people are loving, and we felt totally safe. Stephanne’s enthusiasm for her childhood home is infectious.Jennifer Player, MD, FAAP
If you have the chance to go on a mission trip with Stephanne Marsh, don’t hesitate. Do it. You will be so glad you did.Heather
I have never experienced anything like I did on my medical mission trip to Ecuador. I thought I was there to help people, but instead, I found that I was the one that received the blessing. I am forever changed.Melissa
Ecuador gave me the opportunity to evangelize to others for the first time. It’s an experience I will never forget.Kate Player, age 13
How You Can Help
“Go, send, or disobey.”John Piper
While this quote seems harsh, it is what rocked me to my core and pushed me to take action. The Bible is clear in what it commands us to do. We are to go into all the world (that could mean right where you are!) and preach the gospel. I am committed to sharing love, compassion, and the saving grace of Jesus Christ….until the whole world hears. If you are unable to go, won’t you consider helping send someone who is willing?
Sign up for one the upcoming trips! You will never be the same again. And that is a good thing.
If you can’t go, then you can help send someone else! We accept donations online or if you would prefer to send a check, message me for details.
You can make a world of difference by donating your time. From collecting donations and medical supplies, to working with the Lion’s Club to get glasses, to helping to count vitamins, or making yarn dolls, there is something everyone can do to help others GO!
- MincayeThere are moments in time when you hear something, and suddenly…..everything around you stills and quiets, your chest tightens just a bit, your heart squeezes, and then the memories begin to flow right down your cheeks in a rushing river of tears. I think every single person that served asContinue reading “Mincaye”
- A Fine Line(If it’s all the same to you, I would prefer not to be called a “Christian”.) By: Stephanne Morris Marsh Did I get your attention with that headline? I typed it and deleted it 12 times. Twelve. I am sure some of you are pursing your lips and shaking yourContinue reading “A Fine Line”
- Soda Crackers and Fannyby: Stephanne Morris Marsh, Missionary Kid Before we get started with this story, let me remind those of you who are reading it, EXACTLY how much you love me…….my character, my integrity, my wit, my charm…….and for good measure, let’s just throw a picture of adorable 8-year old me inContinue reading “Soda Crackers and Fanny”
- Bananas with Brown SpotsBy: Stephanne Morris Marsh, Missionary Kid and TCK (Third Culture Kid) It seems like every day, there is a Facebook craze where people check things off of a list that they either will NOT eat OR exotic things that they HAVE eaten. You know the ones…..It starts out with “HowContinue reading “Bananas with Brown Spots”
- Balm of Gileadby: Stephanne Morris Marsh, Missionary Kid and Third Culture Kid Growing up as a missionary kid in Ecuador, my books were my one constant. Every time we moved (18 times before I graduated from high school, but who was counting?) we sold the vast majority of our possessions because itContinue reading “Balm of Gilead”
- KEDS (Yes, the white canvas shoes)By: Stephanne Morris Marsh, Missionary Kid from Ecuador Earlier this fall, there was a story about a little boy in Florida that was a HUGE Tennessee fan. It was spirit day at his school, and children were encouraged to wear a t-shirt to represent their favorite college or college footballContinue reading “KEDS (Yes, the white canvas shoes)”
- The Hatchback of the DatsunBy: Stephanne Morris Marsh Itineration, or furlough, is something that all missionaries are required to do; and unlike the connotation of the name, “furlough”, is anything but a rest. Instead, this time period, is hated by most and dreaded by all, at the very least. Itineration, or furlough, is meantContinue reading “The Hatchback of the Datsun”
- The least of these….By: Stephanne Morris Marsh She was 97 years old. She was wrinkled and hunched over. She didn’t have very many teeth, but she was strikingly beautiful. She had the most gorgeous black eyes that twinkled and sparkled. I saw her as she was walking across the grassy field towards ourContinue reading “The least of these….”
- What is the big deal?by: Stephanne Morris Marsh, Team Leader, Trip Coordinator, & Missionary Kid Disclaimer: This blog is extremely honest, maybe a little raw, but also very real. Stick with me. I think you will be glad if you read until the end. The biggest question I get, is, “Why do you doContinue reading “What is the big deal?”
- How Grace Robbed Me of My Shame (and it can rob you of yours, too)by: Stephanne Morris Marsh How many of you (you don’t have to raise your hand or answer out loud) either struggle greatly with guilt over things you did in the past, or at times wonder if God could REALLY, truly, actually forgive you with no strings attached and never rememberContinue reading “How Grace Robbed Me of My Shame (and it can rob you of yours, too)”
- New Year’s Reminds Me of ChurchSince it is New Year’s Day, I really can’t let this opportunity escape me to tell you a story about a New Year’s Eve in my childhood. Growing up, my family went to church. A lot. As in, most weeks we were at church a minimum of 5-6 times aContinue reading “New Year’s Reminds Me of Church”
- Christmas isn’t over….there is one last gift…..by: Stephanne Morris Marsh If you are like me, the day after Christmas is really hard! All of that build up, all of that preparation, and poof! It is done. Over. Gone. If you are feeling a little rumpled in spirit today (a little Anne of Green Gables reference forContinue reading “Christmas isn’t over….there is one last gift…..”
- EnoughBy: Stephanne Morris Marsh Laying here in the quiet wee hours of the morning, the faint glow of the Christmas tree lights peaking beneath my bedroom door; my mind is frantically racing, trying to remember if I’ve forgotten anything. This is it. It’s here. Christmas is here. All of theContinue reading “Enough”
- Always, Always……Make Sure the Mic is Offby: Stephanne Morris Marsh You know, sometimes, there are things that are so firmly imprinted in your memory, that you can recall them in extraordinary detail. People say, that with the passage of time, memories can fade, or that with the retelling of the story, details can be greatly embellished.Continue reading “Always, Always……Make Sure the Mic is Off”
- Jehoshaphat and the Dying Cat Songby: Stephanne Morris Marsh This is from an older (2014) journal entry. I’ve posted it on Facebook before. I did update it just now to reflect my current favorite worship song choices. I woke up thinking about it, and I’ve argued about posting it again. I even tried writing somethingContinue reading “Jehoshaphat and the Dying Cat Song”
“Thirty-eight years ago my wife and I went to Ecuador, South America as missionaries. Along with us we took our two daughters, the oldest Stephanne who was 6 or 7 and Keely who was about 18 months old. I never dreamed that the Evangelistic Center we began in the heart of Colonial Quito would continue to this day with 49 daughter churches having been birthed by that one church. But what is most amazing and humbling to me is my daughter Stephanne, who graduated HS in Quito, has a heart that burns for the people of Ecuador. For the past several years she has led mission’s teams, medical, construction, and ministry back to the land where she grew up. She has led those teams to help with the construction of around 28 churches which were birthed out of the mother church in Quito. She has taken medical teams to minister healing and health to those church communities as well as ministry teams, sometimes all three at the same time. To say her heart is with Ecuador and its people is an understatement. Her talents, skills and tenacity year after year to organize each of these missions trips and take 30 to 60 people with her, raising the necessary funds, to buy the medicines, and construction materials and other things is incredible. She coordinates all these efforts with the pastor of the Evangelistic Center and the pastors of those individual churches to give an unforgettable missions trip to her team members, as well as making an impact on thousands of Ecuadorians each year that will last for eternity. Many of the doctors and team members have been so impacted by these trips that they return with her year after year. I never dreamed that what the Lord began through my wife and I would today still be going strong through our daughter, Stephanne Marsh. And by that I am blessed. Thank you Lord!”
Reverend Doctor C. Bradley Morris
-Retired Missionary and Pastor
November 20, 2020