Sunday, March 25, 2012

Back to Borja

We returned to Borja this week to finish packing our belongings and return the keys to our landlord. We are left wondering what the future beholds for the ministry in Borja. I was encouraged to read a quote in a recent Crossworld blog by Jim Beerley, "Where I leave God stays." Please be praying God will continue His perfect work in the lives of new believers in Borja during our absence in the months to come.

           Throughout Ecuador their are many shrines of this virgin where people pray and give thanks for health and prosperity. There is a mystic legend about this holy virgin of the city of Quinche, located an hour from Quito. In former times the Oyacachense indigenous people had to hide in caves from dangerous bears. Once, when they did this, a few days later a mysterious woman with a child came to the cave and consoled them. The mysterious women promised the Oyacachenses that she would save them if they converted to Catholicism. So they did and then they were saved from the bears. They built an altar to honor the woman from the cave. In 1590 the artist Diego de Robles heard that the Oyacachenses were looking for a statue for their altar. He designed a statue of the image of the woman with the child in her arms which appeared to the Oyacachenses in the cave. The woman, now known as the Virgin of El Quinche, was placed on the altar in the cave. In 1943 the image of the Virgin of El Quinche was crowned and in 1985 the ritual place became a national sanctuary. It is believed the virgin of Quinche still performs miracles. 

The is one of OCP's pumping stations where oil is heated and pumped through a pipeline. The pipeline  begins in the eastern jungle of Ecuador and is pumped through a oil pipeline over 300 miles to the Pacific Coast.

The two main industries in Borja are petroleum and agriculture.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

March Madness

We began March with a time of spiritual refreshment with our co-workers  in a  Bible Conference brought by David Groh, who was accompanied by his wife. It was a time of good fellowship around God's Word. Little did we know this  spiritual recharge would help us face impending challenges.
Our daughter, Amanda, has faced health problems and we are in process moving back to Pifo to help her at this time. She will not be able to continue her responsibilities at Alliance Academy and will be returning to the U.S. with us in April. Please pray for her health and transition.
Borja is receiving a lot of rain right now. Pictured above is a recent mudslide .
The Lord sent help for moving our belongs back to Pifo. We are so grateful .

One more trip will bring the few remaining items and allow for cleaning.
These changes are allowing a transition time for the ministry in Borja and El Chaco before we leave for home-assignment. Dan with the aide of his friend, Milton, will be making trips to Borja in the remaining weeks of our stay in Ecuador. Milton and Darwin have committed to helping the ministry in our absence. We are appreciating your prayers right now for the people of Borja and El Chaco as they adjust to these changes.

Our tickets are purchased for our return to the U.S. April 26th for our home assignment. We will be living in Belgrade, Maine beside our son, Mark and his family.