Monday, October 24, 2011

Prayer Update

It has been a BUSY month but a good one. Scott has been trying to keep up with a variety of things. The biggest news is that we have an offer on the Avant office and apartments. Please pray that things go smoothly, for all the paperwork to be in place, for understanding with the real estate agent as she has been rather difficult to work with, and for all the other details required.

The other side of the property was originally supposed to be turned over to the new buyers in July but still hasn't actually happened. We finished up the paperwork on our end the end of September and now the buyers are doing some on their end. Please pray that this will all get finalized quickly with no further problems.

Thanks for praying for Kristi's transition to working at Alliance Academy this school year. The transition has been much easier than we would have imagined. Kristi wasn't sure whether she would really like going back to work outside of the home, but now she says she loves her job! We are overwhelmed by God's loving guidance in providing this job as it allows our 3 children to continue attending Alliance Academy. In the past Avant has had teachers at the school giving credit for our children to attend at a reduced rate. This year we are thankful for the credit Kristi receives going towards the tuition.

Alliance Academy is a missionary kids school that has been here in Quito for more than 80 years. This year the school has a near record enrollment of over 600 students. Kristi is working as a teachers aide in 6th grade along with the math and science teacher. There are 34 6th graders this year, Luke being one of them. They are a wonderful group of kids. She spends her days grading papers, making copies, answering questions, or anything to help out the teacher. Please pray for Kristi as she develops relationships with the kids and strives to meet the many needs represented among them.

Scott recently took a trip to Chimborazo to teach a one-day workshop on one portion of our declaration of faith. It was well appreciated and they are asking for more workshops to be offered to a wider group of people. Pray that we could reach some churches where there is doctrinal confusion about where they stand and help them to be more firm in their acceptance of Biblical truth.

Scott took another trip to Babahoyo about a week ago to help connect some pastors in that area with a group of retired pastors who are hoping to begin a discipleship program for younger pastors. It was exciting to see Ecuadorians initiate this ministry and to be a part of helping make the necessary connections. Pray that much good would come out of this in the lives and ministries of the pastors in the Babahoyo area.

Pray for details related to sale of the Avant property.
Praise the Lord for a good experience for Kristi at her new job.
Pray for good use of opportunities to share Biblical doctrine.
Praise the Lord for a new discipleship ministry in Babahoyo.
Pray for pastors in this area to make good use of the opportunity.