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October 27, 2018

Darin headed to Playas, Ecuador and arrived on October 14th and began a 3-day training on the 15th. Along with the invaluable help of Aaron Alava, Polo Elpt and missionary Jeff Davoll, instruction in basic EMS, search and rescue, and fire attack were given....

May 30, 2018

In Spring 2016, after living and serving in Ecuador since 2010, our family found ourselves unexpectedly planning a return to the States for an extended time. In the many months prior, the path we were on had rerouted in directions not anticipated, and as a result, we f...

March 27, 2018

The week of March 10-17th the fourth Gear Up team traveled to Ecuador, this time to a small city called Tena. Tena is the capital of the Napo Province and is very close to Misahualli--a jungle town that is near and dear to our hearts. We thank God for once again giving...

January 17, 2018

I want to share a message from Ecuador that recently strengthened Darin's heart and mine. Aarón is a young firefighter Darin met when Gear Up traveled to San Vicente in March 2017. He was so enthusiastic about the training and the camaraderie he received that week that...

September 25, 2017

Weeks away from Gear Up's 3rd ministry trip--this time taking place in Santa Lucia in the coastal region of Ecuador--things seemed to be unraveling. The already small team whittled down from 3 confirmed firefighter-trainers to just 2. Darin was already commenting that...

August 1, 2017

Gear Up Ministry is continuing to move forward. September 9th-16th there will be a 3rd team that will be traveling to Ecuador to train and proclaim the Gospel with approximately 55 firefighters, this time in Santa Lucia near Guayaquil. This past weekend, Darin, Luke, A...

February 7, 2017

During the last week of September, 2016, Gear Up's inaugural ministry team headed to Ecuador to serve at the Ruminahui Fire Department in Sangolqui, Ecuador. With anything new, no matter how much you've witnessed God "pull this thing together," there's a natural wonder...

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