Heart for Ecuador

Heart for Ecuador is just that, a glimpse into the heart God has given me for Ecuador.

I thought that there would be nothing better than to have someone who knows me well and has known me a long time, write a blurb that I could post so that you could have something other than my own words to go by. I am humbled and grateful beyond words to have received the following “endorsement” from my Daddy. You always think that you know your parents love you and that they are proud of you, but when I read what he wrote, I cried so hard I couldn’t see to finish reading. Thank you, Daddy. Thank you for the rich heritage that you gave me, and thank you for giving me Ecuador as my home. Stephanne

Reverend Doctor C. Bradley Morris lives in Georgetown, SC with his precious wife (my gift-mother) Kay. He is a retired pastor and missionary, and currently a master wood-craftsman and columnist extraordinaire.

Circa 1982 or 1983? Hosteria Uzhupud, Cuenca, Ecuador
Keely, Grandmother Helen Hardy, Stephanne, Cherryl, and Brad Morris

“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

Each of these pictures below tells a very special story. My aim is to write a blog about each one over the next several weeks. Prepare to laugh, prepare to cry, prepare to have your heart wrung, but most of all, be prepared to feel the urge to go.

  • Mincaye

    April 28, 2020 by

    There 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 as a missionary in Ecuador, or… Read more

  • Ecuador 2020 – It is GO time!

    November 19, 2019 by

    We talk about the Second Coming of Jesus, but so many have never even heard of His first. I cannot rest, I cannot wait. Until the whole world hears, here I am! Send me! — Stephanne Marsh Dear Faithful Friends and Supporters, All I can say is WOW! I am so excited about what the… Read more

  • A Fine Line

    February 27, 2020 by

    (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 your head. But, it’s the truth.… Read more

  • Soda Crackers and Fanny

    February 10, 2020 by

    by: 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 in the mix. Keep this image… Read more

  • Bananas with Brown Spots

    January 31, 2020 by

    By: 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 “How many of the following food… Read more

  • Balm of Gilead

    January 29, 2020 by

    by: 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 it was simply too expensive to… Read more

  • KEDS (Yes, the white canvas shoes)

    January 26, 2020 by

    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 football team.  This little boy took… Read more

  • The Hatchback of the Datsun

    January 24, 2020 by

    By: 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 meant to be a time of… Read more

  • The least of these….

    January 22, 2020 by

    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 our clinic, and it was almost… Read more

  • What is the big deal?

    January 17, 2020 by

    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 do this? I mean it’s great… Read more

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