Here is an accounting of our journey from the family farm in Maine to the harvest fields in Ecuador, South America and back again. The purpose of this blog is to give you updates on what our great God is doing through Crossworld and us. We are currently located in Maine.
Love, laughter and tears dominated the reunion of those who had traveled to Ecuador on a short-term mission trip over the past three years. As we viewed media of those trips I was struck how our own obedience to God's call to Ecuador in full-time ministry had impacted many and those forever changed through their obedience to God's call to make a short-term trip a reality had a ripple effect touching many more lives. Here are some testimonies from those who attended the reunion:
"It is amazing how God had been weaving events together for years before any of us were aware. "
"I used to think only of myself, but God used this trip to help me see the needs of others."
" I was able to share Christ with my unsaved parents, who then got saved!"
" I had never experienced such a connection with people I had only known for a week."
" I have learned discipleship is as simple as reading God's Word with another, but is the most rewarding."
" I experienced God's family in a multicultural setting and I want other people to be a part of that family."
"Our family is planning to attend Crossworld's Candidate orientation this fall."
There is no doubt a short- term mission's trip is a life changing event, which effects can be seen and felt for eternity.
Arriving at Knox RidgeBaptist Church early Sunday morning gave Dan and myself time to reflect on the impact ministries of this church has had in our own lives. I received Christ at the early age of 9 through the faithful teaching of my Sunday School teachers and later at age 13 I was baptized and became an active member of the church. The leadership and the church supported me later when I became a summer missionary with CEF. Not too many years later, David and Jean McKeen and family became active members at KRBC. Dan and I became acquainted and the friendship developed into a relationship. Thirty years ago on June 26, 1982 Dan and I were married at KRBC..
Although it was a process, faithful teaching of God's Word and intentional discipleship served to spiritually mature Dan and myself to the point of wanting to serve the Lord full time in ministry. We left language school in Costa Rica in 2000 and for Ecuador in 2001. Our journey has been one full of God's blessing and at the same time full of life's challenges. We are forever grateful for the body of believers who represent this church both now and in the past for their faithful ministry to many and especially to us as we continue following God's leading in our lives.
Dan was privileged to share God's Word in S.S. and in the AM Service using examples from ministry experiences in Ecuador. We are thankful for the continuing opportunities to share what our Great God is doing in Ecuador and in our lives. Thank you for your partnership in prayer and giving, making this possible.
Great News from Jeff Davoll, ABWE missionary and co-laborer in Christ ministering in Primavera, Ecuador.
"Rejoice and pray with us (Jeff Davoll and family)!
For the past 3 years we have been praying, "Lord give us this Valley." Just gotta share what God is doing! We are showing "Reto de Valientes" (Courageous) in our urbanization (Primavera, Ecuador) this Saturday. We are praying for 200 men and officers to attend. I received a call yesterday from a police officer and he met with me at 9 AM today to hear of our plans. Someone had given an officer an invitation in Tumbaco. He brought it to the police chief and the chief sent the officer to me. They asked me to provide 2 more showings to more than 500 officers in the valley PLUS their families!
In further discussion he is part of a task force of officers from Quito that want to take the movie to ALL OF THE PRECINTS IN ECUADOR! He is asking for our help! They have plans in the works now for getting this to Cuenca and Loja! But, he said they need the spiritual connection! I shared with the need to connect each precint with a local church for continued followup and care with the officers. We also talked about my vision for chaplaincy here in Ecuador which we do not have. He stated that that is a great need and I suggested we start here in Tumbaco first. He mentioned the officers need help because daily they are faced with prostitution, drugs, and alcoholism and many of them fall. There is another showing of the movie here in Quito with the Captain of police for the entire country of policemen, over 40,000 officers, on July 7. He is trying to get me an invite. Oh yeah, just found out. One of my neighbors in the urbanization is the Ministro de Defence of Ecuador! The Ministro del Interior is a Cristian. We personally invited the Ministro of Defense to the movie on Saturday! Revelation 3:8 - "I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name." No idea how long the door is open, but please pray with us as we serve!"
Let's support our brother, Jeff''s, efforts with a commitment to pray in the weeks and months to come.
Looking to Camden Harbor while standing on Beech Hill on the front porch of a historic building was just a pause in a busy ministry weekend in West Rockport and surrounding areas.
The weekend began with a Friday evening bonfire. While roasting over sized marshmallows we chatted about our lives and mission adventures in Ecuador. A family International potluck supper was held on Saturday which gave further opportunity to speak of our ministry transition from Chaupimolino, Ecuador to San Francisco de Borja. Sunday activities included a teaching during Sunday School on "Coming to Christ with a Traditional Religious Background". The weekend ended Sunday evening with a visual presentation on Ecuador and the ministry God has called us to in Borja and a challenge from God's Word, " Bringing God's Love to Life" concerning everyone's role in discipling others to a personal relationship to Jesus.
Our host for the weekend was the Caverly Family. Todd definitely thinks outside the box when it comes to carpentry. He has beautifully remodeled a chicken house into a very functional home for their large family. We appreciate their ministry to others both in and outside their home.