I spent the first 14 years of my life as a missionary child in Ecuador under the Church of the Brethren. In 2014, I had the life-changing opportunity to return to the community where I grew up and spend ten days with a childhood friend and her family.
Since then, I have returned to Llano Grande, the village where we lived, a number of times. I have wandered the paths that I remember from my childhood and marveled at how things have changed and how some things never change. Especially important to me has been renewing my friendship with my childhood friend, Mercedes and becoming like part of her family. This has also lead me in search of a better understanding of my parents and what motivated them to move, with their young family, to a new land that would become our home.