Praise that the Reeves have been able to complete their first term of missionary service in Loja, joining SIM teammates in ministering to young adults in the area. Praise for their opportunity to represent Jesus as they delivered disaster relief to coastal towns after the April 2016 earthquake. Pray for them as they continue to share the compassion of Christ through Trauma Healing groups in two locations, and for new groups with local facilitators that are now beginning. Pray also for the Reeves’ finances, since they are only at around 60% of their full monthly support needed to return and serve in Ecuador.
Praise for the quick adjustment the Barbee family is making to Ecuador as they feel more settled and have grown in their ability to navigate the city. Praise that the children are starting to speak Spanish, not just understand it. Pray for continued adjustment and Marco’s ability to learn Spanish as he takes on more instructional hours. Pray for favor as they work to complete their long-term visa application. Pray for upcoming visits to two rural communities as they research business ideas to help people economically and open doors for the gospel.
Praise for the privilege Murray has to invest in the lives of men in the young adults’ Sunday school class, the church men’s ministry, and in the Alpha to Omega discipleship drama group when they participate along with his men’s “accountability group” in outreach. Praise especially for the recent men’s retreat where Murray spoke and had the opportunity to engage in many spiritually-significant conversations. Pray that these men who have accepted Christ will become genuine disciples of Him and have a multiplied impact on the lives of others around them.
Praise for the encouragement Janeen feels as she sees her neighborhood kids’ club going well with a consistent core group of children coming and asking if they can invite others as well. Pray that God’s Word will take root in the children’s hearts and that there will be opportunities to get to know their parents as well. Pray for Jose as he deals with a difficult situation regarding a former employee of the Words of Hope bookstore. Pray for the truth to be evident to all, for the name of the Lord to be glorified, and for repentance on the part of the person who had to be let go. Pray for encouragement for Jose and Janeen in the middle of this difficult time.
Praise for the safe arrival of the Barbee family in Ecuador, the opportunity to sublet a home from a family currently in the US, and a good transition for their children to school. Pray that they can obtain the last piece of documentation that they need for their visas. Pray also for creativity and wisdom as they visit rural communities and explore how and where they can launch a business. Pray also for discernment as they seek a church to become a part of, and for confidence for Marco as he begins language learning and seeks to speak Spanish daily.
Praise that the Bible study in El Cisne is being held consistently and that one man who left has returned to it. Praise also for the start of a new ladies’ Bible study and English class that Ruth is leading. Pray that those who attend will have open hearts and minds and respond to the Word. Pray for safety on the roads, since the rainy season has begun bringing fog and poor driving conditions. Pray for the pastor of their church as he faithfully ministers in Catamayo. Pray also that a correct part for their vehicle can be found and shipped to them soon, as several have not worked.
Praise that the involved process of procuring family visas for the Delagranges is nearing completion. Pray that they will receive their finalized ones this Friday. Pray for a friend of Justin who has lost his job and been unable to find legitimate work opportunities. Pray also for a friend of Codee’s who is in financial trouble and facing a divorce. Pray that these events will bring them and their families into a deeper realization of their need for a Savior.
Praise that Justin and Codee are becoming involved in First Baptist Church of Loja by attending Sunday morning and Tuesday evening Bible studies as well as hosting weekly youth events. Praise that they are interacting with youth through the “Alfa and Omega” ministry group and are preparing for outreach opportunities. Pray for them to obtain visas soon (a difficult process) and for their continuing learning of language and local culture. Pray also for their growth in relationships with nationals and team members, and their spiritual wellbeing and witness.
Praise for a refreshing Spiritual Life Conference and for the team that came from the US to assist. Praise also that the Gutierrezes have now moved to a larger home and for the capability for ministry it affords. Pray for the neighborhood kids’ club that was begun with seven children. Pray that many more will come to hear God’s Word and then share it with their families. Pray that believers in the neighborhood will partner with Janeen in this ministry. Pray also for the weekly Bible study, which is now being held in their new home. Pray for hearts open to the truth, faithful in obeying it and bold in sharing it.