The Ecuador North Coast District held it's 28th district assembly and conventions this past week at the district campgrounds in Santo Domingo, Ecuador. General Superintendent Dr. Eugenio Duarte was the special speaker and presided over the assembly while Regional Director Dr. Christian Sarmiento translated. NAF Director Dwight Rich helped with logistics. The district has 40 churches with 15 of those being missions.
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We decided to update our security team. We added a chocolate Labrador, Chloe who is three months old. By the time the next team comes Jack, on left and Nakita, on right will have her trained on how to catch the frisbee, aka plastic paint can lids. It will be up to Jon to train her not to go out the gate and to stay away from cars.
This is the photo shoot, just like family pictures not everyone likes to look at the camera at the same time. Jack got tired of sitting, Nakita was hiding out in the dog house when we started and didn't want to come. Chloe, well she is just new to the camera idea and was more interested in the new jewelry around her neck.
What if you lived in the murder capital of the world? Would you pray?
What if your wife had cancer and there was no medication available?
Would you pray?
What if you had to stand in line for 9 hours to buy bread?
Would you pray?
What if you couldn't go out after dark because of life-threatening danger?
Would you pray?
What if you made $25/month and a tire for your 1976 car cost $200?
Would you pray?
What if in your church you regularly saw...
- dozens of new followers of Jesus make a life-changing profession of faith
- saw instantaneous miracles of healing
- people divinely delivered from a lifetime of addiction, and crippling sin
- couples living together for years with multiple children kneeling before the Lord to ask Him to be the Lord of the home and getting married for the first time...
(Thoughts from Warren Lathem, Methodist missionary)
Today these situations are part of everyday life in Venezuela.
Would you pray?
We are asking you to join us in prayer for the people of Venezuela who are living in these circumstances everyday. 8 out of 10 families cannot afford the cost of food in a week so they are eating only two meals a day.
Please help us pray for these things:
When we return to the States for HA, Home Assignment Jon speaks to the adults and I get the privilege to share with the children about the Ecuador culture. After church, while speaking in St. Paul's Kansas City Church, a little boy, Steven, about the age of 7 or 8 came up to me and said he wanted me to have "this". This, was a little booklet he had made. While he read the booklet to me, I was over come with emotion that he had made the book for me and wanted to give it to ME. He had listened very carefully because he was right on, on all the details of the morning. I will treasure this book forever. God bless you Steven and may you keep on touching lives with your talent.
It is good to see the churches take pride in their celebrations of anniversaries. Last week-end Pastor Luis Matango led his church celebrating their 24 years of building God's Kingdom by inviting choirs from neighboring churches and special speakers. Pastor Luis and his family have been the pastor of the Gualsaqui Otavalo church from it's beginning. Many people know Luis as the vendor that makes and sells woven goods and the famous bracelets that are handed out at General Assembly. He is a bi-vocational pastor earning a living for his family of five children. He also has started many other churches in his area and loves to work for the Lord.
Thank you for your prayers for 6 year old Bruno Huamán and to the many people that have written comforting words of encouragement for the family. We recently talked with Lenilde, the father and he said that it was a miracle the way God protected Bruno today. Bruno fell on top of his backpack to help break some of the impact when he was hit by a car. The impact with the car was so strong that the people nearby that came out of their houses thought it was two vehicles that had crashed. The neighbors helped by calling 911 for the ambulance to take Bruno to the hospital. After a thorough check up the hospital released him even though he has some bumps and bruises but he is home with his family tonight.
Even though the neighbors that witnessed the accident are not Christians they are saying that it truly was a miracle. We know that God will use this to help further His work for the kingdom. Bruno's parents are Lenilde and Consuelo Huamán the pastors of the Church of the Nazarene in Ambato, Ecuador.
Thank you for your prayers! God is faithful!
We would like to share with you our year 2015 with you in pictures. News from the Fischer Family
Praise the Lord for the Valley Shepherd, Meridian, ID Church of the Nazarene for sending a Work and Witness team and choosing to partner with the Buena Fe church on the North Coast District in Ecuador. The trip was made up of 13 from ID, a couple from WV, and a former Mission Corps, Kim Haddon from OR. The team had many obstacles at the beginning of their trip. Due to flight complications the flight was delayed and only one person's luggage from the ID area arrived. The team traveled to Buena Fe a day later after retrieving all but one person's luggage. Their encounter with obstacles is kind of the same experience the church body of Buena Fe had experienced through the years of trying to keep going.
This was a special trip for Work and Witness Coordinators Jon and Shirley Fischer since the leaders of the team were Craig and Gail Zickefoose, their mentors of 15 years working in Venezuela together. Craig and Gail Zickefoose are former Global Missionaries from Haiti, Peru, Ecuador and Venezuela. Team member, Kim Haddon also served in Venezuela with the Zickfooses and Fischers. Yes, the suitcase did arrive in Buena Fe four days before the team left!
We are Jon and Shirley Fischer and we are missionaries serving with the church of the Nazarene in Quito Ecuador.