|We enjoyed Christmas with Amanda.|
Friday, December 30, 2011
We are praising God for:
Good opportunities in Borja during December:
Dan shared a message and prayer at the inauguration of the greenhouse.
The reason Jesus came was shared with many children at Bible clubs and on the porch.
The Christmas message was shared with the seniors.
We attended four public Christmas events and were judges at two of the events.
Alicia understands the difference between religion and a relationship with Jesus.
Percy and Mercedes are taking steps of obedience.
Sixto, Veronica and their three girls came to our home for supper and games.
We are thrilled to see the people of Chaupimolino Church making the ministry their own.
We have enjoyed safety traveling over the not so safe mountain road to Borja, one recent mudslide left the road closed for two days.
The salvation of Sixto, Veronica and family, Carlos, Gerardo and others from the Minda family.
The salvation of our newest neighbors in Borja, a family of three.
Spiritual growth for Manolo and Elsa, Percy and Mercedes and other believers in Borja.
Darwin and Nelly to be strengthened as a couple and in ministry in Chaupimolino.
The Chaupimolino Church to continue to take ownership for ministries they are directing.
John Rosado as he continues ministry trips to Milagro de Dios and surrounding coastal areas.
The Lord to raise up workers for the many areas of Ecuador, where there is no Gospel witness.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
The local school held their annual Christmas program this week.
|Three schools were represented including a nursery school.|
|There are about 250 students represented at the "Guillermo Vinueza School".|
|We have met many of these children who have stopped by on the porch.|
|Diana was asked to be a judge for the competition of Christmas musical presentations.|
|Our neighbor was present with her little boy.|
Santa, our friend Ginela, helped entertain the crowd during the presentation of the nursery school where she works. Ginela attends the weekly Bible study held at our home.We attend these events in order to make new friends and to support the friends we have made. Please continue to pray for opportunities to share Jesus with others and for their openness to the Gospel.
Saturday, December 17, 2011
We were invited to participate in the official opening of the Green House on December 16. This project was developed by the group of seniors called,"Together We Will Win". With a grant from the Ecuadorian government and help from other local governments this project is succeeding to give the elderly a common goal of working together to provide food for a program of meals for the elderly.
The president of the Association gave words of encouragement for continuation of the project.
Dan was invited to give a refection of God's Word and a word of prayer for the event. This an answer to our prayers because normally the local priest would be asked to do this.
Dan has been available to help in practical ways and we have made a lot of friends as a result.
Top right are two members of the Minda Family. We continue to ask for prayer for their understanding of God's Word and their salvation. Bottom right is a Chinese potato plant.
We know God is at work as relationships are forming and we are given opportunities to share Gods Word weekly to this group of seniors. Seeds have been planted, may God give the increase!
Friday, December 16, 2011
|We have been welcomed back to Ecuador by our neighborhood friends.|
Any given afternoon a group of children come so we are ready to improvise to provide a "Flash Club".
These spontaneous Bible Clubs provide a time to personally talk with children about Jesus.
|We are talking about God's purpose for coming to earth and how Jesus existed before he was born.|
We are communicating their need for a savior.
Please pray they will respond to that need.
Friday, December 9, 2011
Three weeks of vacation time flew by as we traveled to Northern Maine, then to NY and back.
|Mark and Alicia's Children, Jodie and Kendra|
|A very happy Grammy and Grampa|
|Jake and Karen's children, Julianna, Emma, Ethan and Joy|
Diana's parents, Bob and Marianne Thorpe
Although we returned to the US for vacation and to see our new grandchildren, the Lord allowed us to help Diana's parents find help in the home for her mother as care for her father has become more demanding. Please pray for them in this time of life that has new challenges.
We returned to Chillanes, the town pictured below, in November. Glenn and Susie Wittman accompanied us.
Please pray God will send laborers to Chillanes.
Each day Glenn gave a devotional and Dan gave a teaching on prophecy to a group of Quichua leaders.
While we were in Chillanes a man named Duval brought his sister and family for godly counsel. They have had some struggles as a family and gave permission for us to request prayer on their behalf. Please pray for Jose and Jenny and their two girls. They are believers and need to put God first in their decisions.
Friday, December 2, 2011
We are very grateful Darwin and Nelly have obeyed God's call in their lives and at this time Darwin is taking a leadership roll at the Chaupimolino Church where we served for many years. They welcome your prayers as God is stretching them as they walk by faith for their ministry and financial support.
A good group of children were present the day we visited and they are pictured here reciting the Bible verse of the day.
Dan welcomed four individuals into the membership of the church. Please continue to pray for the people who attend The Church of the Good Shepherd of Chaupimolino, that they will be obedient, faithful and continue to grow in the Lord.
El Día de los Difuntos (The Day of the Dead) – November 2
Click on the picture to learn more about the tradition.
We used the day to invite neighborhood Bible club children to make bread dolls and enjoy colada, a drink made from cooking blackberries, blueberries, cinnamon, cloves, and other fruits and spices until thick. We made plenty of colada to share with the neighbors.
Click on this picture to link to a recipe for Colada Morada.
We also enjoyed colada with the group of seniors.
On Tuesdays, Dan is able to read a portion of scripture and share a devotional thought. This small group has become very attentive to God's Word. Thank you for your prayers on their behalf and please continue to pray for their salvation.
Monday, November 7, 2011
Last Thursday and Friday we spent two days at the Fair of Borja. A highlight of the event was meeting and sharing the Gospel with the local veterinary, who has invited us to his farm in El Chaco to talk more about God. God had been preparing this man as he recently visited farms and universities in the US. It was obvious he had met some believers during his trip as he gave testimony of their lives and practices.
We were privileged to see and taste the biggest cheese in the Valley of Quijos. It took 1,410 liters (375 gallons) of milk to make the cheese, which was later served with a brown sugar syrup to all those who attended.
Dan was in his element and reminisced about his childhood when his family showed cattle at the local fair.
Dan has been building relationships with farmers in the area.
Most breeds were familiar, but there was a breed called Normande that was new to us.
Rene and his wife, Lucia have a fine herd of cows, which the judging later proved true.
We enjoyed the event very much. It was a God given opportunity to connect with farmers in the area of Borja. Please pray with us for their salvation.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
|The Greenhouse Project is a project encouraging the Borja Seniors to work together with a common goal.|
|The beds are ready to be planted. We continue to plant seeds of God's Word with this group of seniors weekly.|
|Present is about half of the fifty nine participating seniors, plus one foreigner.|
|Anderson came along because he isn't in school yet.|
He needs special education and his parents haven't enrolled him this year.
|On the return trip, some rode...|
|and others walked the trail. Won't you join us in praying for those who who are not yet following His trail.|
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Happy Birthday Martha!
|Happy Birthday Faithful Servant of the Lord !|
Saturday, October 29, 2011
We enjoyed having Amanda with us for the day today and decided to take a short trip up a nearby mountain. We didn't make it to the top because the road was closed 3/4 of the way up for repairs. We still saw great views of God's creation and enjoyed being together.
|A community called, Coniburo.|
|View above Pifo|
|We enjoyed having our daughter, Amanda visiting for the day.|
|Church in Coniburo|
|Where is Waldo, the dog?|
|Old Spanish Farm|