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Making Disciples of Christ in Ecuador

Complicated or simple?


Your body has a lot of parts. And some of them are vital. Without your vital organs functioning, you won't live. How many vital organs are there? After looking around online it seems there is some disagreement as to how many there are but everyone agrees there is more than one. Life is complicated. There isn't just one organ that has to function and you can live, but several of them have to be working or you won't make it. The majority of your vital organs functioning isn't enough. If one goes out, that's it. Have you ever thought about how complicated your body is?


Why didn't Paul go to Rome?


Have you ever wanted to be two places at the same time? What about wanting to spent time with different groups of people but it's just impossible to do it? Paul felt that way and I think that everyone who lives a cross cultural life (whether missionary, businessman, or simply you and your spouse are from different countries) deal with that. The other day I was reading through the book of Romans and something jumped out to me.


What language do they speak in Ecuador?


What languages do they speak in Ecuador? According to Ethnologue there are 24 different languages spoken in Ecuador. For a country a little bigger than Colorado, that's quite a bit. However the official language of the country is Spanish and that's what the majority of the people speak. But It's not uncommon at all to hear news or government information in languages like, Quichua, Shuar, or sign language.


A Sorcerer believes!

The other day I was reading a missionary book and ran across a story about a man who practiced sorcery and ended up believing, being baptized, and seeking discipleship from the missionary. The man was really well known in his city. Everyone believed that this man had a lot of power and could really change things. The people probably had some idea that the power he was using wasn't good (it was actually demonic) but it was really undeniable that this power was real. It doesn't take much for a man to claim he has a lot of power but this man was actually able to convince everyone that he was great.


What's the weather like in Ecuador?



The climate in Ecuador is very diverse. If you're looking at the whole country the climate ranges depending on what region you're in: the Amazon rainforest, the Pacific coast, or the Andes mountains. Most of our time will be in the Andes mountains in the southern part of the country. (That's where Loja is.) But even there it's very diverse. You could be in Loja city and on most days it is cloudy or rainy with the temperature around 50-70 year around. Then you might travel an hour to the south and it be much warmer and dryer. Or if you go a couple hours to the east it may be very hot and humid. When we were there we visited a town called Yantzaza. I'd guess the temperature was in the mid 90s and it was very humid.


What currency does Ecuador use?


As we've spoken to different people about Ecuador we've gotten all kinds of questions. Sometimes they are general questions like what's the weather like or the cost of living and other times they are more about the culture. So, we're going to try to answer some of the common questions here. If you have any specific questions, let me know.


Our Time at CIT




So, 3 missionaries move to India to do mission work. One is from Germany, another from the USA, and another from South Korea. How do you make them all get along while working with nationals, be a successful missionary team, glorifying God and seeing churches established? Just call us in to supervise. OK, well, maybe not.  Our missionary training at CIT was great but we don't now think we can solve all the cultural problems of the world. Actually, we feel the opposite of that: we, in ourselves, aren't adequate for the job.


Not Desperation but His Revelation

Yesterday was my last day at Acumen Brands (where I was working).  When I look back over that time I see how God used it and gave me many blessings through relationships and valuable experience I gained there.  

What's in front of us seems huge:

  • Saturday we start our road trip, eventually ending in North Carolina
  • We'll go through several weeks of cross-cultural training there.
  • Then we'll come back and raise the remaining amount of support we need to move to Ecuador.  

As I was thinking about these things this morning a lot of thoughts came to mind and I put them into a poem.  


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