With no internet at our house, it has been more difficult to get updates out to you. But, you can rejoice to know that the gospel continues to be spread in Ecuador and we have been busier than ever trying to follow up on all the “God appointments” that we constantly find ourselves a part of. Here’s a quick peek…
Church Planting News
What does the very real battle to plant churches look like here? In Shiripuno, it looked like the leaders of the community telling our planters that they weren’t welcome due to another missionary having come into the area giving a computer to the school and then giving one to an individual, which made them jealous and mad…”NO MORE EVANGELICALS!” Our brother Julio’s wife responded to them, “You’ll have no problem with us in that regard. We’ve got nothing to give. Actually, I was going to ask you if you could give me a glass of water.” The Quichua leader quickly gave a glass of water and within a short time Julio, Maria and Dario were able to pray for one of them who was sick. They’ve now been given the “green light” to come back…thank you, God for Your unfailing love toward the people of Shiripuno.
In 21 de Enero, the battle to plant churches looks like the lead planter (Giovany, who is military) being given a 24-hour notice that he is going on a 90-day temporary duty to the Galapagos. This is so frustrating, as Giovany has been working hard to prepare the ground for evangelism, a summer outreach, and involvement of his youth group in raising up a work in this very strategic village. Please be praying for us to submit to God’s perfect wisdom and His timing in all this.
National Bible Institute News
His name is Pastor Jose Yoquelema and he has been calling us for months trying to coordinate dates for a visit to his area where he has planted a church near the town of Riobamba. Upon our arrival, we were taken high up into the Andes where it is freezing cold, yet the welcome we received was very warm. Pastor Yoquelema began to share that he has been planting churches among his people (the Chimborazo Quichua) for the past 44 years. He has works scattered throughout the region. “But brother, what I’ve never been able to do, is to train leaders who will carry the vision of planting churches and discipling people forward. I’ve been praying for help.” Within a short time we discovered that in the association of Chimborazo Quichua there are some 300 churches with only 200 pastors and hardly anyone with good gospel training. We went to bed that night on the heaps of hay provided for us, our hearts praying for God’s direction for this area of Miraflor.
Please pray with us that God will allow us to raise up a strong arm of our Bible Institute in this area. The effects of faulty doctrine and gospel are evident, but the desire and love of the people for God and a true desire to understand His word are also evident, which proves to be a good place to open a new location for the Bible Institute.
As always, we depend upon the financial support of those of you who commit to be “senders.” As all these amazing doors are opening up to us here, unfortunately funds are limited and many times we have to forgo opportunities to spread the gospel for lack of funds to reach certain areas. Please pray for us and also ask God what you might do to become a giving team member of Compassion Connection. With humility and love, Steve and Sandi
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Look for upcoming news regarding:
- Property, Fundraising, and Building our Training Center
- Answer to prayer – those who are committing to support Ecuadorian Staff for CC
- M101 Boot Camp – this Summer