Their missionary hearts beamed forth, as they immediately began to love the people of Misahualli, Ecuador. They entered into the culture and life of the people here, eating and drinking what was offered to them (See Lk. 10:1-12). Of course, that often includes the things that are unas pocas extrañas, such as chicha. They truly enjoyed it! Praise Jesus! The Lord called each one by name, having for them a personal mission, to freely give from themselves what they have freely received (See Mt. 10:8). He called them to hike great distances through mud and swamp, becoming filthy from head to toe, falling too many times to count, and rising up again to persevere so that His scripture would be fulfilled: 'How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the good news (Rom: 10:15)!' They gave glory to God serving the people with an intense love manifested, for example, when they gave their own food to the children of a village. Everything they did, whether preaching the gospel in word or deed, they did without complaining (See 1 Pet. 4:7-11). Their 'YES!' to serve Jesus here in Ecuador resounded in my heart, sending pulses of courage and the light of the Spirit to strengthen my entire being.
Thank you, all of you, who came on mission to Ecuador for saying YES!
|Going to our first communities... the HIKE!|
|If there are a shortage of cute Kichwa children in Misahualli,|
it is because the missionaries couldn't resist taking them home with them.
|Nick giving his testimony in a community.|
|Candice 'Graciela' giving the Jesus talk to the people in Misahualli.|
|There is a never a dull moment with Rachel. So much Joy!|
|How blessed are we to help build a place of worship for the people!|
|Some Kichwa kids with the missionaries!|
Please see my next post Nuestra Señora de Buen Suceso about a special blessing, a miracle from the Lord, given as a gift to us during this mission trip.