July 2012 – Ecuador Mission Trip Update – Friday

Friday, the team enjoyed a change of pace.  In the morning Mr. Jose, Katty’s neighbor and landlord, arranged for Nancy to go to the military facility for a physical therapy treatment on her shoulder which has been hurting throughout the trip.  Mr. Jose has been receiving therapy for the past seven months following shoulder surgery.  While at the therapy session, we realized, Katty had a divine appointment with the therapy technician who was a member of a cult.  He heard a clear presentation of the gospel as did everyone in the therapy area.  Jesus shines through every time!

The team left to grab a quick bite of lunch, then shopping in the downtown open market for a few things to remember our special time this week.  We then headed to the equator where we stood in both the northern and southern hemispheres at the same time.  We watched a demonstration of water as it swirled right out of a sink in the south, left in then north, and straight down on the equator. So amazing to see God’s amazing design at work before us.  We have a big God.  We enjoyed a few minutes of fellowship with a shop owner in the area, we found out they are believers.

We will be preparing meals for the freezer in Katty’s home tomorrow.  She takes them to families from the church where Bible studies are held.  Often the families have not eaten the entire day, only the casserole Katty brings.  So thankful to send the meals with love.

The picture is the shop owners and team at the equator.

After dinner we are off to the airport for our midnight departure. See you all soon. Thank you for praying.

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July 2012 – Ecuador Mission Trip Update – Thursday

Today we were back in Quito.  We spent the day getting things in order for the ladies conference, ordered food, and stopped for desert.

The ladies that attended, are members of Un Solo Corazon Church and many have very hard lives.  Each week two of the families go from house to house to find recyclable items in the garbage to provide for their families.  Others work very hard jobs.

In the afternoon, the church was transformed into a beautiful dining room ready for the ladies.  As they arrived, we gathered and shared some fun games and Traci had them singing along with uplifting music.

We moved to the area where the tables were set up, and Rob prepared the plates, as Susan, Traci and Nancy served the ladies Chinese food, followed by chocolate cake.  They enjoyed the meal and ate all the food we had and were standing in line for more.

Nancy shared a message with the ladies from Psalm 139 and had the ladies repeating to each other, “you are fearfully and wonderfully made.”  The ladies left after having been prayed for individually and receiving a gift of the jewelry and toiletry items the team brought.

We were humbled as the ladies presented us with cards they had hand made for each of us.  The smiles on their faces said it all.  Our heart were blessed and our lives will never be the same.

July 2012 – Ecuador Mission Trip Update

We just got back to Quito after 3 days in Riobamba.   Three GREAT days in Riobamba.  We had a very good day Sunday at Un Solo Corazon – I really want to talk with you about helping this church out – we’ll talk more when we return.  Once in Riobamba we discovered we were leading a Pastor’s conference – not exactly what we planned, but the Lord worked miracles and it went wonderfully.  Susan taught 300 pastors, wives, and church leaders how to teach the ten commandments with hand motions – they loved it!  And along the way Susan challenged them on each commandment over two nights.  I taught on church leadership one night and Biblical Finances the second, and Nancy called them out the first night – challenging them to seek God’s face – encouraging them to walk daily with God.  On the second night Nancy lifted them up as leaders and sent them off really excited about working for the Lord.  Traci had them shouting in the aisles with her music as well.  God was hard at work in Riobamba!   Okay, so I am a little concerned, because we had 300 folks and one dog attending – and the dog walked out during my message.   The rest of the team thought he was convicted and had to walk out.

During the day we visited a different village each day – two high up in the mountains.  There we worked with young folks from the Riobamba seminary who did a great job with the kids and adults.  We ended each visit with a discussion of the plan of salvation.  We shared blankets, socks, gift bags of staples your donations helped purchase, and lots of gloves!

I attached a picture of the teenagers standing around with their new gloves on – it was about 75 degrees at the time – they were even playing volleyball and still had their gloves on – David – thanks so much – you really made a big difference in Ecuador. The second picture is Traci and Susan loading gift bags with your donated lotions and jewelry.  We’re expecting 40 women tomorrow evening at the women’s conference back at Katty’s church.

We have already been greatly blessed, and more is coming!   Thanks to each of you for your support – we have been able to be very generous to the folks in Ecuador thanks to your generousity!

Pray for us, we will be holding women’s conference tomorrow evening, then preparing food for freezing to be used at future events, we have a few projects to work on at the church and around the house, and we are planning to handle a little administrative work for One Heart Global Ministries.  We’ll have lunch with Dr. Byron, our greatest supporter in Ecuador, and the “interim” pastor at Katty’s church.

Your hands are all over this trip already – some of you need to start praying now about joining us next time around!!!

Thanks for your prayers,

Rob and Susan