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.