Lauretta Smith, a college sophomore, taught children at one of the seven sites where the church members held meetings in Salinas, Ecuador. Smith said the people were kind, loving and respectful. Harry Selent, owner of Computerized Business Systems in Port Charlotte, was pleased with the fact that he and the other speakers used laptop computers to assist them in their sermons.
Pastor Ben Shurtliff and his wife,Triandra, from the Port Charlotte Adventist church organized a group of 11 volunteers for a mission trip to Salinas, Ecuador. As Youth Pastor, he wanted the youth to experience kids from a different society dealing with poverty.
“ I love missions,” exclaimed Lauretta Smith of Port Charlotte. She was one of the group from the Port Charlotte Adventist church who gave 10 days of service to a poverty-stricken area of Salinas, Ecuador, in July.
Salinas is the Western-most point of Ecuador and boasts of its world-class surfing beach. The rocky coast and huge waves of the Pacific Ocean were a huge contrast to the team that was used to the beaches of Charlotte County.
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