Church Mission Group accepts the challenge of Cotopaxi at 15,000
Cruzando la Calle
Starting out at 6 AM, we went all around the city picking up kids
living in and under the streets
for a day of events in the country to share God's message with them.
We served in many areas of hair cutting, food preparation, activities,
The final ceremony was signifcant of choosing Christ and a new life by
"crossing the street".
Eight boys currently live at the project
in the first phase of the program.
The goal is to move these boys to a halfway house to learn more skills
and how to be self-sufficient
and to then start a new group at level one. This program has come a
from serving soup on the corners one night a week to really making a
in the kids living in the streets that have made the choice to change
We worked with two of our mission church plants in the Ecuadorian
sponsoring two events to invite people to church and encourage fellow
The mission church in Chimburlo is organized and run by a young girl,
who at only 19 years old, has a huge heart for reaching those in her
area for Christ.
We hope to be able to continue to support the work there and be
encouragers for her.
We had an excellent group come to work with us in Ecuador in
July and inspite of everything that Satan threw at us over the course
of several weeks, he could not quell the Holy Spirit from moving in our
group. It is a blessing to know that what you are doing bothers Satan
enough to come after you because when he isn't bothering you, it's
because you aren't doing anything for God that he's worried about!
We worked with
several projects over the week, including two mission church plants in
the countryside outside Guayllabamba and kickoff event, the first time,
to try and reach more street kids at the Opcion de Vida. As always,
plans change and things don't go as expected but it all worked to the
glory of God.
Just for fun, a few things that didn't go as planned and how we
accepted the challenge:
1. frozen lettuce, no gas to cook, new tank but gas not working right,
spaghetti for dinner can't be cooked - spread lettuce out to thaw,
change from spaghetti to sloppy joes, figure out a way to rig the gas
tank to work, everyone eats!
2. stolen purse with passport - convince 5-6 people why a color copy
can work and keep talking until it happens with officials in the US,
immigration, and border patrol
3. Event planned from 3-5 PM but the pastor decided to change it to
6:30 without telling any of those involved in the planning - we drove
around for the extra 2 hours picking up people as they got off from
work out in Cheka -- some even chased down our bus to get on -- and
then drove to Chimburlo with 60 people on our 40 people bus; had plans
for 50 and had 150 show up so we spread a little farther; all was
closed by 7:00 when we actually finished but one gentlemen stayed open
in his restaurant to give us dinner; we brought the wrong sized clothes
for the Opcion de Vida event but kids at this project needed the sizes
we had; it was the first time at a new location for Chimburlo -
they were able to finally find a place to rent instead of meeting in a
field; four people gave their lives to Christ; our 2 hour event became
6 hours but it was all to God's glory
4. We were asked to plan games and help with the events for the
Cruzando la Calle event (Crossing the Street) but the kids involved
didn't want to participate; regrouped and changed and just let what was
going to happen happen; shared with the kids and played the games the
way they wanted; didn't get to share what we had planned but now we
have something ready for the next time!
5. Life and confrontations in the streets of drunks a little scary but
reminded is we have to always be on guard and cautious, not get too
comfortable in our surroundings.
6. Cutting hair left open big possibilities for lice and though there
was a scare, it all was good in the end!
7. Returning to Colombia on expired documents, and, realizing the car
insurance had expired as we are pulled over for driving on the wrong
day - They let us get the insurance around the corner, didn't charge us
the almost $1,000 in fines, gave us an escort home so we wouldn't have
an accident, and believed our story about getting new work visas the
I think you get the idea!
blessed with no big health issues and great weather and look forward to
other work in the future. The Cheka project is still working on their
facility construction, while Chimburlo was able to rent a location
month by month. Believe it or not, only $40,000 will pay for the rented
house, but that is like $200,000 when you only make $400 a month. We
will continue to look into the best ways to use our resources and
efforts to help spread the word of God in Ecuador.
Construction at Cheka has been at a standsill for several years due to
The view of the Panecillo from the Cathedral
We still have a
little time for some rest and relaxation before school starts in
another couple weeks but are always looking to see what is out there
that God has planned for us. There is a reason why everyone is where
they are and there are people who need God right next to each of us.
There are definitely groups of people that are needier than others
because their physical needs are keeping them from being able to see
outreaches are great ways to plant seeds in their lives; but, every day
we all have that opportunity as well with the people we encounter in
our daily walk so don't forget to take the time to take advantage of
opportunities. Life can be so busy, but people and relationships will
matter so much more in the end.
Don't forget: When you're planning your Christmas vacations, Colombia
is very festive and warm!!
Cathy and Steve
Prayer and Praise
- Guidance in the direction of our lives and work for God
- God to work in the lives of those that came on the trip to have a
closer relationship with Him
- Opportunities to share and build relationships with the new teachers
- Our friend recovering his luggage, lost money, and getting out of
Honduras during the military coup
- No big health problems during the mission trip to Ecuador
- Entry back into Colombia with expired documentation and not facing
- Another semester of classes finished for Steve and I
- The old car is still running though two flat tires had to be fixed
- New work contracts that allow us to continue living and working in