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.
It is always energizing to talk of Ecuador and how God is working there. Last Sunday we traveled to Madison, Maine visiting the Crossroads Bible Church. Dan gave a update on the ministry in Chaupimolino and in Borja in Adult SS Class and then the exhortation in the AM service. Once again it served as a stabbing reminder that God's plan for discipleship is the best plan, bringing His love to life, wherever life happens.
Reunion of a 2007 Ministry team to Ecuador
Dan leaves on the 25th of this month for a road trip to new Brunswick and Northern Maine. He begins at New Brunswick Bible Institute, NBBI for the Men for God Rally Friday and Saturday. Pray this will be a great time of fellowship and spiritual refreshment as he gathers with many men to sing praises and study God's Word. Sunday the 27th Dan, accompanied by Harry Straub, Crossworld Mobilizer, will be at East Hodgdon Baptist Church seeking to encourage the believers there in missions. Monday through Wednesday Dan and Harry will be seeking to encourage NBBI students to pursue what God would have them do globally to bring God's love to life. Please be praying for the Holy Spirit to be working in hearts.
Marianne and Bob
It was 11:50 PM when the phone rang. It was the voice of my mother saying, "Your Father has fallen and the ambulance is taking him to the hospital." We gathered our thoughts and made a quick trip to Fairfield to pick up Mom. Later in the Emergency Room we learned he had fractured his hip. Surgery for a hip replacement was performed the following day using spinal anesthesia. My 83 year old father did amazingly well and a week later was transferred to a rehabilitation facility. We saw the Lord's hand directing in various decisions that needed to be made throughout the process. Please continue to pray for my father's recovery, complicated by dementia, and for my mother, Marianne, has she faces this transition. For me this is another huge test to see where my commitment lies in regard to God's call to Ecuador. It is an internal spiritual struggle and the battle is raging. Thank you for praying for God's peace that passes all understanding.
We knew our relationship with the sweet, dependable Toyota Camry, bearing only 345,000 miles, we have been driving was limited. The car was loaned to us since April 2012 by very generous friends, but the agreement was until the end of January, when we were scheduled to return to Ecuador. At first I thought, "Maybe they'll extend their offer until April." Meeting with our friends, we asked if they would be willing to pray about it, but later realized that was not fair for them to have to make that kind of decision. Walking by faith can have its down times and yesterday seemed to be one of them. I let my friend know we would be looking for another car. The relief on her face was evident. My thoughts immediately turned to wondering how this was possibly going to work out, but I was resolved knowing God would be in it. Little did I know how soon a solution would occur. While working at my folks I received a phone call. "We have been given a car,"shared Dan. Wow! this is definitely a God moment and really helped confirm in my mind that our request for an extended HMA is in His will. Our request to Crossworld has been approved giving us a target date of April 24 to return to Ecuador.
Please join us in prayer for the following:
Diana’s parents health and safety.
We need your prayers for discernment and wisdom.
For Amanda's healing, spiritually and physically.
For our spiritual and emotional strength.
We have two churches scheduled to visit in January.
For our brothers and sisters in Christ in Chaupimolino, Borja and El Chaco, Ecuador, to be faithful to the Lord and to their families.
Milton making trips to Borja.
For Darwin and Nelly to be encouraged as they lead in Chaupimolino.