Now that we have had some time to process the amazing work God did in Ecuador this October, we wanted to give you guys some insight (through the mouths of team members) to see just a few of the amazing things that happened during this trip.
First things first, this was a combination trip for many reasons. Not only did we have a jungle team (Shushufindi) and a mountain team (Tambo and other villages) who came together mid-way through the second week, but we were also doing discipleship teaching, evangelism, AND a medical clinic. Needless to say this team had to have the common goal of taking His name to the ends of the earth in order to mesh together, and praise God we did!!!
The first team started their journey in Shushufindi:
“Greetings from Shushufindi! We have enjoyed a wonderful (but VERY hot!!!) day with the children at the Ariel school and the park. Today we learned that God can save (and change) anyone by looking at Saul's conversion story.” -Sarah Crossett
The Shushufindi team’s day consisted of teaching children, women, and men in a partner school, and a park ministry in the afternoon. However, on Friday of that week that had a very special day.
“Last day in Shushufindi. We had a combined Children's church with two churches coming together for the mini-conference today. The men in the pastors training classes divided into discipleship groups to disciple members of the congregations, Patricia Carlin's women's class also heard from some student teachers today, and kids team got some of the kids involved in teaching each other the Bible story, memory verse, and songs.” -Sarah Crossett
This jungle team met the mountain team on Tuesday of the next week where the ministry continued:
“Thank you all of you who are praying for us. This week has been very fruitful so far. The Lord provided the translation and medical staff that we were praying for.
Yesterday at the medical clinic we heard about a lady who lived at home and could not walk. So Holly and I grabbed a nurse and a translator to visit this lady. She was 103 years old and staunchly Jehovah's witness. She had no living family and was close to death. I found a Bible in her home and lead her through the gospel using her own Bible. Her eyes were opened, she admitted her sin, repented of it, and believed upon Jesus yesterday.
This is just one of many stories of what the Lord has done so far through this team! Keep praying and praising along with us!” -Dylan Anderson
On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, “we traveled 3+ hrs by bus to villages to operate the medical clinic and spend time with some students in the village schools. Today [Thursday], we held a clinic at the center in Tambo and children's program at the park.” -Sarah Crossett
“102 yr. old man asked why he was still alive. Answer: He, his daughter, and his wife received Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior yesterday!” -Eddie Yoakum
Also on Thursday, “Today we went to Chunchi, and worked with some parents of the kids at the Centro de apoyo para ninos con necesidades educativas especiales (school for kids with special needs).” -Tammy Sales
“I saw God work throughout the team in the clinic, children’s, and the evangelical ministries. It was incredible to see the joy that we were able to bring to those in the four villages we worked in.
Through this trip I was able to make many new friends and reconnect with old ones. I saw how powerful God is and the work he can do to change lives. I hope to return again soon and work with the children in these villages again, Lord willing.
Thank you everyone who made this trip possible and gracias to all our Ecuadorian brothers and sisters for translating and making me laugh!” -Colin Long
And thank you to our wonderful supporters who make all of this work possible! We literally could not do it without you.
Continue to pray for this team that they would live their lives in a “mission-minded” way here in the United States, and for continued fruit when we are not there physically with the pastor students, women, and children.