Friday, October 31, 2014

Time for Testimony



Hearing of God's faithfulness in a life brings such joy and that was the case last Wednesday evening at the weekly Bible study here on site in Borja. We first met Monica* when her mother fainted at Bible study. After transporting the mother to the local hospital, soon Monica and the rest of the family arrived. They expressed discontent that the mother had attend the study in the first place. A brother suggested that the mother had become emotional at our insisting she attend. The reality was the woman forgot to take her medication for hypertension that day. We heard from a a changed Monica last Weds. More than a year ago she was diagnosed with stage 3-4 breast cancer. At that time we were concerned about her spiritual well-being and offered to pray with her and her husband. They received our prayers and encouragement to allow God to work through the difficulty they were facing. At a later time our landlady invited Monica to attend the weekly study here at our home in Borja and she came! She has been attending faithfully and asking great questions.
Last week she gave testimony of God's faithfulness in her life physically, spiritually and emotionally. She recounted how she has come to know the Lord personally, has learning to pray and is praising God because at this time she has been declared, "cancer free". Dear friends you are continuing to see fruit in your ministry here in Ecuador. May God be praised. 

Praise for:

1. Relatively quick recoveries from recent surgeries.
2. Help with music in Borja the last few weeks.
3. Fri. Bible study in Baeza has been well attended.
4. Our belongings have sold quickly.

Prayer for:

1. Transitions, goodbyes and trusting God.
2. The opportunity in Maine did not workout for us.
3. People to grow to fully depend on the Lord.
4. Details of leaving and for God's provision. 
5. The town of Borja is planning a farewell party and we'll have opportunity to share.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

A Rainy Sunday Afternoon


This afternoon we had a visit from our landlady, Martha, and two of her sisters. The motive for their visit was to purchase some of our household items we are selling before our move back to the U.S..

 Marcia recently lost her 13 y.o. daughter in a tragic bus accident and she herself sustained injuries. Martha is a widow with five children. Jackie is a young mother who needs help in her marriage.

Before we knew it we were talking about spiritual things, specifically security of salvation. It was a good conversation covering various aspects of salvation, baptism and local traditions. Several verses were shared from John and 1 John. Dan spoke of the importance of making a conscious decision admitting  sin receiving Christ as Savior and committing to following Jesus. An invitation was given and each woman prayed confessing sin and receiving Jesus in their own words. What a joy to be used by the Lord today in the lives of these three women. Please pray they will grow in their faith and walk with Jesus.

From Pain to Praise

Yesterday was fun! After returning to Borja we began to get visitors. Local friends came to see how Dan was recovering. To our surprise two members of the Mina family came to visit. If you recall we have asked for prayer for the family in the past. During their visit Fidel, a solid believer, also came. At the time of his arrival we were checking Elizabeth's reading vision using the Bible. In a short time Fidel asked about her beliefs and began to share his testimony. He could give a good perspective because he grew up in Borja with all its traditions. The Gospel was presented very clearly and the passage in John 3 was used to refer to being born again.We are now praying this will have an impact on Elizabeth and her mother. What a blessing to see how Dan's surgery provided this opportunity for the Gospel to be given.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Winds of Change

We have been praying in recent years for the Lord's direction for a ministry opportunity closer to home. Diana and I have wondered for some time if our time in Ecuador was coming to a close but felt if that was true then God would open another opportunity in Maine. A church in Maine contacted us recently and we pursued the opportunity praying for God's direction. Apparently it is not what God has for us, but at the same time we realized a great desire within us to return. Beginning in January 2015 we will begin a 3 month period of visiting supporting churches and relocating to Maine. At the end of that time we will be changing our status with Crossword to associate members. For those who have been financially supporting us an official letter will be coming out from Crossworld in the near future concerning our change in direction and regarding support.

You have been witnesses and active participants in your ministry here in Ecuador and we are grateful. Many of you came here and together we have seen great blessings. We love the people and have seen God's faithfulness in bringing the lost to salvation and raising up godly men and women to do service to the Lord. We believe God will use the Ecuadorian church to continue the work of the ministry without fail.

A transition back to the USA requires the same amount of faith, if not more, as the initial steps of leaving the USA to go to Ecuador. Many unanswered questions are before us and we will need to see God's great hand of provision and His clear direction in what is next for us.

Please pray for us to be all we can be in Christ during the next few months. Our desire is to be faithful witnesses to the many people around us here in Borja and Baeza. Just yesterday a woman stated, "You can never leave here." Please pray our Ecuadorian friends will learn to depend on the Lord and know the reality of His presence and provision.

Praises:

1. Two godly men have offered assistance in the Borja ministry.

2. A wonderful time of fellowship with CW missionaries in the DR.

3. Dan is recovering well from gallbladder surgery Oct. 8.

4. Diana's test results showed any abnormalities were benign.

Prayer for:

1. Our co-laborer, Sally, diagnosed with breast cancer this week. 

2. Dan continues teaching Wednesdays in Borja and Baeza on Sundays.

3. Diana had a good witnessing opportunity. Pray for Rodrigo as he reads the Bible looking   for truth.

4. Diana is making 12 puppets for a high school in El Chaco. The principal, a believer, is organizing teams of youth using our materials for teaching children.