July 31, 2007

Team from Mississippi, Louisiana and Kentucky

A Work & Witness team made up of people from the states of Mississippi, Louisiana and Kentucky enjoyed their time of ministry in Ecuador. (See photo 1.) They continued construction work on Sierra Central District Center in Riobamba, Ecuador. Their work included making forms, pouring concrete and laying concrete block. They poured a roof over the sanctuary and storefront areas of the building. (See photos 2 & 3.) In addition to construction work, they also held a VBS and visited an orphanage. (See photo 4.) We thank God for their hard work and willingness to serve.

Marysville, WA team

A Jesus Film team from the Marysville, WA, Church of the Nazarene recently spent time in Ecuador. (See photo 1.) During their visit they attended a Kid’s Club at our Chillogallo church and visited several of the Jesus Film church plants in the Quito and Santa Domingo areas. (See photo 2.) More than 80 people attended their first Jesus Film showing in the town of Llano Chico, and 22 people accepted Christ. Later that week another Jesus Film showing in the same town was rained out; however, 11 of the 22 who were saved showed up and the pastor was able to meet with them and begin to disciple them.

During a Jesus Film showing in the town of Rumiñahui, approximately 150 attended the showing and 50 children and 39 teens/adults were saved. At the beginning of the evening a gang of young men tried to steal the video equipment. After the film, two gang members made decisions for Christ. Praise the Lord!

For team members Rev. Don and Cheryl Cox, former missionaries who served in Ecuador, this trip was also a time of closure. Over ten years ago, while serving in Quito, Don was kidnapped. After his release, his family left Quito and served in Central America. They now serve with Jesus Film Harvest Partners in Kansas. This trip was the first time for Don and Cheryl to return to Ecuador. Don and ten others hiked up to the site where he was held hostage. (See photo 3.) The experience evoked many memories and emotions for the Coxes, and later that evening, they shared their testimony of the power of prayer and of God’s protection. It was definitely an evening of celebration.