CHICAGO - Jesse Miller, chief information security officer at Stratosphere Networks, will travel to Ecuador in early 2019 as part of a mission trip organized by the nonprofit organization Go Be Love International (GBLI). The Ecuador Men's Trip will take place from February 2-9, 2019, and participants will serve alongside the GBLI partner ministry Fundación Contigo Ecuador to complete projects in Quito.
Miller and other men on the trip will assist with reinforcing the foundation and improving the construction of a family's home in the community. In addition to working on construction tasks and similar projects, they will have the chance to spend time with the local children, many of whom are at risk and/or are orphans and do not have father figures in their lives.
"I've always felt strongly that the way to effect positive change in the world is to make sure we are nurturing and teaching the next generation," Miller said. "It's such a privilege to be able to serve these communities, and to bring joy to the children living in them. I am so excited to do whatever I can to bless these precious little ones, and to bring light and hope into their lives."
Miller and the other trip participants will stay at the Fundación Contigo guest house and will serve with Contigo in Pisuli, a neighborhood in North Quito characterized by violence, extreme poverty, and harsh living conditions. In Pisuli, Miller and the rest of the men on the trip will have the opportunity to assist Fundación Contigo in providing children in need with food and health care.
"We're very proud of Jesse for going on this trip," said Steve Melchiorre, CEO of Stratosphere Networks. "As a company, we strongly believe in setting aside our own interests to give back and contribute to the greater good. Jesse is doing just that by putting so much time and effort into the Ecuador trip. The Stratosphere Networks team fully supports him."
Stratosphere Networks, an IT managed service provider, delivers comprehensive technology services and solutions to businesses of all sizes and across all industries. In addition to Chicago IT support, the company also offers managed cybersecurity solutions and cloud consulting services.
The trip is currently in the fundraising stage, and Miller has been personally tasked with raising $3,000. Stratosphere Networks has already given funds to support the cause. To donate, please visit http://bit.ly/JesseEcuador.