Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Novena to the Virgin of Quinche

In the world of traditional religion “Saints” are objects of devotion for many people. They are looked to for happiness in the home, for good health or well-being of a family member, to help in an economic situation, for success in an exam or to help one find the grace and peace of God. Prayers are recited to Saints because it is believed the saints intercede on behalf of the one reciting because they are in Jesus and he has all power. It is believed that they are friends and brothers who are with the one reciting protecting and pointing the person to good goals. 

The Novena is a time of private or public devotion to the Saints during a nine day period. We witnessed the devotion of many people of San Francisco de Borja to the Virgin of Quinche during November 15th – 23rd. Each evening town people gathered reciting, singing and marching together through the streets of Borja. Arriving at the church building, the nightly event ends with fireworks. It is believed this time of devotion if done with faith, humility, trust and perseverance will open God’s heart and therefore connect the person with God.  

Praise for:

 1. The 7 people of Borja and Baeza willing to give public testimony of their faith in Jesus for salvation.

 2. G giving testimony of receiving Jesus.

Prayer for:

 1. The baptism to be held the 29th of November in the Quijos River.

 2. The believers who are taking steps of obedience to be strengthened by God's word.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Cuban Connection

Doctor John arrived from Cuba about 3 months ago and began attending the Baeza church. It is obvious he has a good biblical foundation and is a growing believer. One could not help but wonder how come he left family in Cuba to work in Baeza. He signed a two year contract with the local hospital.

In time it grew apparent Dr. John was greatly missing his family. His whole family became very sick with Dengue Fever. He was beside himself with their separation. God also was working in his heart concerning he and his wife's decision. Messages from Ephesians also were tugging on his heart strings. He taped and sent these messages to his wife in Cuba. Economics were no longer the most important thing to Dr. John. "To me this (the money) is trash, my family is what really matters to me," he exclaimed one Sunday. Dr. John asked for prayer that day for the Lord to open the doors for his return to Cuba. This is a process of months of paperwork and pleading with government officials. The church prayed and to our amazement the following Sunday Dr. John received a call during church. His departure had been approved and his ticket was even paid for! His face was beaming with gratitude to the Lord and he publicly gave God the glory knowing it was truly of Him. Thursday we are taking Dr. John to the airport to be reunited with his family. We will miss him but are so content with the way God has worked in his life.