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Making Disciples of Christ in Ecuador

Difficulties and Joys: Part 1

 

2 years is quite a bit of time to prepare for something.  That's how long we've been with SIM as missionary appointees.  That's a long time.  We've seen several who started with us and have already been on the field for many months now.  Discouragement crouches at the door continually.  And really, I can say that the desire to be a missionary in Latin America has been warming inside of me for closer to 6 years or so.  During these last 2 years we've had a lot of ups and downs.  One thing is for sure and that's that God has been teaching us and molding us.  We are still pushing toward the calling we feel like God has given us.  Being in southern Ecuador with the 1% of the population who are evangelical is still our goal.  In these next two blog posts I want to share some of those feelings and experiences I've had, both negative and positive.  I'll start with the negative and end on the positive ones in the next post.  They aren't listed in any particular order.

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To Each According to his Ability

 

Hola!  This is a devotional I've been reading from Andrew Murray.  This is the one I read today and it's called Working for God.  All Christians are children of God but we must also be his joyful servants. ~ Karen

 

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 ‘'The kingdom of heaven is as when a man, going into another country, called his own servants, and delivered them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one; to each according to his several ability.’'—Matt. 25:14

 

In the parable of the talents we have a most instructive summary of our Lord’s teaching in regard to the work He has given to His servants to do. He tells us of His going to heaven and leaving His work on earth to the care of His Church; of His giving every one something to do, however different the gifts might be; of His expecting to get back His money with interest; of the failure of him who had received least; and of what it was that led to that terrible neglect.

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Beyond the Comfort Zone

 

We've been stepping out of our comfort zone a lot lately. The last months we've met several new people and have shared with them what God has called us to do in Ecuador. We've been blessed by the support and promises of prayers for our future ministry. Although we pray to be on the mission field soon we are enjoying this stage of our journey.

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My birthday: An experience of Life, Liberty, and Death

Every day is a new day and as much as it may resemble the last, it's just not the same. As the days build into weeks and weeks to months they eventually pile up into a year. I may have more or less done the same thing on my birthday for the last several years, but this year was different. Three things keep coming to my mind when I think about my birthday this year, July 4th, 2014: Life, Liberty, and Death.

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Relationships

 

Since the last post about specific prayer, we've been trying to focus on that. Praying specifically to God and seeing him answer them. One thing that we had been praying for is the ability to step back from some of the responsibilities we had and focus more on our going to Ecuador. Praise God, he's been making that possible. We've been able to clear the table so to speak and really put everything we have into building partnerships and presenting to others our vision for southern Ecuador.

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Specific Prayer

 

Matthew 7:7–11

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!"


This is quite an amazing promise. Let’s lay it out this way:

Asking = it being given to you, receiving it
Seeking= finding
Knocking = it being opened to you

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Preparing for our trip: A flood of feelings

 

 

 As many of you might have heard, we are going to Ecuador for a 2-week trip. The purpose of this trip is to prepare us for moving there. We will get to know personally the team we will be working with and different towns and cities where we may be working. You can call it a vision or a survey trip. If you haven’t seen our latest newsletter, here is the link. It will give an update as to what we have been doing the last couple months.

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Thoughts From The Passing of a Sister in Christ

 

 

Just last week we had a funeral for a sister in our church. She had cancer and Christ won. More on this later. During the last several weeks I was privileged to spend some very intimate times with her and her family. One of which was a prayer meeting she wanted to have in the hospital. Around 50 people piled into the ICU room and I was asked to preach a short sermon and lead the prayer time.

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Not Seeking a Gift, But Fruit

 

 

We left the house of our friends and she said to us “Que el Señor les dé sabiduría para que me sigan enseñando.” “May the Lord give you wisdom so you can keep teaching me.” We have been going over to a Spanish-speaking couple’s house about once a week or so and teaching them through the Bible. As we were leaving their house she said that to us but it’s been in my mind every since she said it.

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