On October 4, the sisters of the community in Roscommon, Ireland, prepared an Ecuadorian Night for university students.
The party began with the preparation of typical food from Ecuador: colored rice, corn cake, fried plantains, cabbage salad, and mango with salt.
Fr. Shane, who works in Student Ministry in Castlebar, is planning a mission trip to Ecuador. He is the one who organized this night for the young people to propose the idea of going on a mission trip. The students arrived at 6pm, ready to eat and hear more about Ecuador. When they were brave enough to try some of the food, we began to tell them things about Ecuador and what a mission trip consists of.
Sr. Ruth Maria spoke about her experience in Ecuador, of the three communities we have there, and the sort of activity carried out at each one.
Sr. Megan also gave her testimony of the mission trip she went on in 2013 when she was a candidate. One of the girls will help Fr. Shane organize the trip. She talked about her mission trip experience in Africa, which helped her in her faith and relationship with the Lord. For this reason she is encouraging other youth to think about the possibility to go on this trip.
As Fr. Shane was somewhat familiar with the work in Puyo, he asked Sr. Ruth Maria to talk about it. Following we viewed a video about one of the mission trips to Puyo.
The students asked several questions, and we conversed with them until 9pm, that is, until closing.
Fr. Shane hopes to form a group of about twenty young men and women for a mission trip to Ecuador in July 2018.