Friday, May 30, 2014

"God brought you here for me"

Finding housing in San Francisco de Borja was challenging in 2013. For two months we made weekly trips to Borja from Pifo staying with friends or in a hotel to continue established discipleships and visits. Housing was available and ready the end of June and that's when we met our landlady, Martha and her five children. Our relationship was cordial at first but over the next months doing the things we normally do Martha expressed interest in attending the weekly Bible study. The family began attending in September of last year and continues faithfully since. It has been a process of genuinely searching for truth from God's Word over months and months that God has revealed himself to Martha and four of her children. They now understand God's plan of salvation and are bringing others to learn the truth. Martha asked for tracts this week. 

Martha said, " I know God brought you here for me." 

May God be praised for His work in bringing people to Himself. Thank you for taking ownership in our ministry together (you and us) by your faithful prayers and financial gifts.

Praise for:
  1. Maria has come 2x to Bible study.
  2. The seniors have been very attentive to the teaching of God's Word.
  3. We had a good trip to Chillanes, Diana shared with a group of ladies.
  4. The good response to the teaching of God's Word in Baeza.
  5. Ivan was saved through a gospel radio broadcast.
  6. An evangelism workshop was held in Baeza.
  7. We participated in a Children's program in Baeza using Operation Christmas Child.           
Prayer for:
  1. More understanding of the Gospel in Borja.
  2. Commitment to the Lord in Borja.
  3. Salvation of Avram.
  4. Cornelio,Jessica & son to be restored to the Lord and to each other.
  5. Growth and commitment for the believers in Baeza.
  6. Planning for three groups coming to our area this summer.
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Saturday, May 3, 2014

April Showers

April not only brought lots of rain to our area of Ecuador. We enjoyed some special showers in the form of blessings. Please read on.

"Will you teach me to pray?" was a request from our friend Maria*. On our trip to and from Tena we talked about prayer using Matthew 6, the first step being connected to the Father. Please continue to pray for her salvation.

PTL! for the salvation of Luis and Amanda. Those of you from Tennessee who ate maito (fish) at their restaurant, Quinde Huayco, will remember them. Please keep praying for them as they continue in discipleship with Wilmer, the elder of the Baeza church.

"What is this about the books?" asked our friend Betty* in the study last night. She was referring to the verses in Revelation where it says the books were opened, then refers to the names written in the Lamb's Book of Life. It was a new teaching for the group and seemed to have a great impact on them. The tears were pouring down her face as the study came to a close with prayer. Please keep praying for our friend who is very committed to her traditional faith and is even a Bible teacher within her traditional church.

Testimony of a Colombian man who was saved through the faithful witness of an elder of the Baeza church: " I was given away as a baby. I lived with ten different families before I was 18 years old. At that age I went to meet my real mother. No one taught me about the Word of God until I came to Baeza. I am so thankful for the Pastors here in Baeza who are teaching God's Word. Through them I know God and I believe in Jesus."

Dan and others traveled to Tena to pick up 500+ Samaritan Purse boxes for distribution in this part of the country. Churches are planning programs where the Gospel will be given prior to the distribution. The church in Baeza has a program planned for the 4th of May. Please pray God will use this event to reach children and their families with the Gospel. Your financial gifts are helping pay the $1 per box donation to facilitate the release of the boxes from customs and costs of transportation within Ecuador.

Adult Sunday School class began April 26th in Baeza. Dan is teaching the "One Anothers" series. One woman stated, "This is the first time in 20 years I have attended a Sunday School class." I am offering a children's class at the same time using the Mailbox Club International series "Explorers of the Bible".

After two months of meeting with Eddy*, he gave testimony of receiving Jesus as his Savior. Thank you for praying and please continue to pray for him as he continue his journey as a new believer.

Dan gave a Bible reflection on "counting your days"at the seniors Birthday party recently where 60 were in attendance. We have been privileged to be a part of this Borja group for three years now. Weekly Dan is sharing the Gospel using the parables and other passages of the Bible. 

Thank you so much for your partnership with us through your prayers and giving. We appreciate you!