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.
This past week has been super full with visits, traveling and ministry opportunities. We learned we are not able to rent the home we had before in Borja but have some possibilities, but nothing ready immediately. In the mean time we will rent the house in Pifo where we were and travel weekly to Borja.
Last weekend we made the trip to Borja and were well received by believers and non-believers. A lady on the town council offered us a building for children's ministry; a local farmer, who is also is in local politics wants us to arrange for a Workshop or demonstration on hoof-trimming and the assistant mayor will help provide materials for teaching English. Wow, there is lots to do, it is overwhelming and at the same time exciting.
We have visited the family of the former landlord three times and they have invited us back to continue studying what the Bible says about salvation. They came to church last Sunday and they have invited us back to their house tomorrow for more. Please pray for the Gospel to reach their hearts, not just their intellect.
Some of Ecuadorian youths and young adults have come forward making themselves available to help the ministry in Borja. They have asked for teaching on what are the responsibilities of a church in evangelism and discipleship. A day has been scheduled to meet with them for teaching, discussion and prayer. It will be great to have help.
Spring in Sumaco
Thank you for your prayers and support of Crossworld's ministry to Ecuador!
Boarding the plane in Miami and settled into our seats we noted a difference in atmosphere. The plane was filled with chatter and people were helping each other. It filled our minds with anticipation for what was to come. Our friend, Milton, was waiting for us at the new airport in Tababela, Ecuador. He was eager to give account of the ministry in Borja so our first stop was his house. Milton has faithfully gone to Borja in our absence to do discipleships. Now that we are back he has plans to help a beginning work on the coast. This week has been filled with reunions with dear friends and it has been a sweet communion; mutually sharing blessings and difficulties and ending in a time of prayer. One man shared since he has been obedient to the Lord he has not lacked for work. People are working through trials through their faith in Jesus. Another blessing restoration happening between believers.
Children's Ministry in Milagro de Dios
Good reports of the ministry in Milagro de Dios and the area of Concordia have been given. This coastal ministry began through the desire of the Rosado family to return to their homestead for the purpose of evangelizing the area. A great collaboration of God's people has occurred to see this ministry go forward. Four years have past since this ministry began and many have come to know the Lord.
We visited the family of our former landlord of the house in Borja. He was killed in what appears to have been a robbery or case of revenge last August. It was very sad to hear details of the family searching to find him for weeks before knowing of his demise. Pray with us that we will see this family come to know Christ through this tragedy. We have invited them and are hoping they will join us for church on Sunday. Not often does one see how God has used difficulties in life to bring about a spiritual change in one's self. Dan and I have both noticed how God has enlarged our love for people as we are learning to love unconditionally through Christ's example.
Prayer Requests: Obtaining visas and finding housing in Borja.
Thank you for your partnership in Crossworld's ministry to the people of Ecuador.
Our extended home assignment has come to a close and now we are thinking "Ecuador". We are wondering where we will live and whose lives will be impacted with the Gospel as we bring God's love to life in San Francisco de Borja and surrounding areas in the Quijos Region of Ecuador. The days are filled with bitter – sweet times of leaving and expectations of arriving at the same time, something that all missionaries go through. This week we are packing, getting our paperwork in order and saying goodbyes. Please pray that our travels will go well on April 15th and there will not be difficulties in getting our visas and housing all set up. We are confident God will direct us to the place of His choosing and are counting on your partnership, praying for us during this transition and future ministry.
Planning Ahead in Belgrade, Maine: Winter is coming!
1. Strength for saying good-byes to family and friends. 2. Safety traveling to Ecuador April 15th. 3. Obtaining new visas on our arrival to Ecuador. 4. Finding housing in Borja. 5. Getting reconnected and re-initiating God's love and discipleship.
Thank you for supporting Crossworld's ministry to Ecuador through us.