Things have been going really terrific over the last few months. The family is really getting settled well and the ministry is really beginning to grow. There are so many opportunities coming our way. We need wisdom from the Lord to know what to get involved in and what to pass on. We are beginning to understand the verse “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.” And so we pray asking the Lord to raise up more workers that can help us minister here in Ecuador since the needs are endless.
The chaplain work at the school is going well. There is so much need there that sometimes I don’t even know where to begin. I have been leading the chapel service for 5 of the grades each week. Last two weeks was vacation for the kids, but the teachers had workshops all during the first week, and so I had a great opportunity to share three messages with the teachers during that week. The new semester started today and the chaplain and I are trying to implement some new ideas of ways that we can begin to reach the older students.
I just started discipling an 18 year old guy named David who is part of a ministry here in Quito that works with former street kids. We only met once so far but it went really well. I will be meeting with him every Wednesday to mentor him and teach him the Word of God. Please keep him in your prayers. He has had such a hard life and it will take the power of the Word of God to break through the walls that have protected him for so long. He’s a really nice guy. I’m really looking forward to meeting with him weekly.
I have preached a few times in various places. Last week, I visited a church in Santo Domingo that is part of the training program. I shared a short message from Psalm 139 as it was their Tuesday Prayer and Testimony service. It was great to be able to fellowship and pray with them. The pastor was absolutely shocked when I told him that I drove 3 hours from Quito just to visit his church. So, I’m thankful for the time that I had to get to know his church a little more and for the opportunity to encourage the church. I also preached at a mission church in Calderón in a very poor community. This is a ministry that is part of our home church. It was great to share God’s Word with the simple people and pray that my teaching on John 1:29 ministered to their hearts.
Maria shared at a quarterly women’s conference in our church 2 weeks ago. She is really starting to get more involved in ministering to women in the church.
Last Friday and Saturday we spent in Otavalo ministering to the church there on Friday and then doing a children’s outreach at a nearby church on Saturday. Maria and the pastor’s wife shared with the women while Joselito shared with the men downstairs. It was a great time to be able to encourage the church there. Saturday, we drove 30 minutes further north to a little Quechua town called Taguali where we did an outreach for about 75 children in the community. It was a great time to connect with another church in Otavalo. I talked some with the pastor there and shared about the training center that we will soon be starting with Canaan Baptist Church in Otavalo. He is very excited to be part of the training. The church in Otavalo (Canaan Baptist) has received us with open arms and are hoping that we continue to get more involved. We hope to be starting a training site there in the next few months as soon as we have a partner church or churches in the U.S. They are super hungry to learn more of the Word of God. We will all be heading back again this Saturday since our mission director will be in town and I want to introduce him to the pastor there and have some time to talk about mission work there. Then I will return again on March 29th to preach in their Sunday morning service.
That’s just a brief snapshot as to what has been going on with us in the past month or so. Enjoy the pictures!