We made it to Equador!
It was a full, two weeks in Ecuador! We hosted a team from Sanford, ME and partnered with the church Alfa y Omega in Zuleta, Ecuador.
It was a week of connecting more with our brothers and sisters in Ecuador through a children's program, participating in the festivities of Carnaval, putting on a community meal for the parents and children of the Compassion program the church offers, learning how to make tortillas and then enjoying them while keeping warm in front of a bonfire, participating in a roadside cleanup, and helping construct a chimney in the church (it gets very cold at night in the mountains!). We also were able to learn more about the Covenant Church of Ecuador and the districts from Aníbal Nicolalde, the President of the North District in which we were serving.
Along with hosting a team, Richard and I did a lot of traveling and meeting and connecting with pastors and church leadership in preparation for the other teams coming this Spring and Summer.
And finally, we were able to head to Guayaquil, Richard's hometown (well, city, it's actually the biggest city in Ecuador) and spend time with our family!
Now, we are back in Minnesota, still waiting and praying that Richard's interview would be soon!
Thanks for reading and we hope you are well!
Elizabeth and Richard
You can read more about it, as well as a "what's currently happening in our life" update, here on our blog.
We are still looking for partners.
We'd love to have you partner with us as we journey to reach our goal of
being 100% funded before we head to Ecuador. You may click the image
to the left to go to our online giving web-site or click here to go to our
blog to find more ways to partner. Thank-you!
We wanted to give praise for God's faithfulness in our fundraising as we are now over 80%
funded (which is the minimum amount needed before we can head to Ecuador). Please pray for
Richards citizenship interview, that it would be soon so that we could be moved and settled in
Ecuador before the Merge summer is upon us.
Please pray for the new transition of leadership in the Ecuadorian Evangelical Covenant
church, both in the min offices and local districts.
"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me-watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly."