Saturday, October 19, 2013

God Is Working

Kristi's Class
I am teaching sixth grade Math and Science for the first time this year—the same classroom I've worked in for the last two years as an aide. These first weeks of school have definitely been a time of being stretched, but I know that it is the place God has for me to serve right now. I have 39 students I work with through the day from around the world, not only from Ecuador and the US but also from Korea and China. It is an amazing opportunity to share Christ with not only my students but also with their families.

For instance, I have twin boys from China in my class. Their family owns a Chinese restaurant here in Quito. They invited us for a meal. Their mother is a Buddhist and father is an atheist. But the boys became Christians through Alliance Academy. The boys pray that at some point their parents will believe as well.

One of the biggest challenges this year is having students for whom English is a second language. I have 4 students who are new to the school this year and came in knowing very little English. That has definitely been a challenge—especially the 2 new Chinese students who don't know Spanish either. The fun part is these 2 are both really good at math.

We are still in need of additional support to cover the expenses we had this summer. We really appreciate the extra support that we received last month; but it didn't keep us from significantly going into the red in our account with Avant Ministries. If you are able to make a special gift, please consider helping us take care of this need. You can make an online donation by clicking here, or print this donation form for mailing in with a check.

The sale of our property in Quito is finally coming to an end. We signed a contract this summer and have been working out bureaucratic details since then. We think we have the last issue taken care of now, and are expecting to hear confirmation that the buyers are satisfied and able to pay us the final amount they have been withholding.

Now that the Quito property has been taken care of, there is a potential for moving ahead more quickly on other mission properties in other parts of the country. Pray for God's direction and timing as we are waiting on the next step in a few different locations.

Scott's Involvement at EFC
During the past few years we have been attending an English church close to our home in Quito. It has been a joy to see how God is transforming the church into a place with potential to minister to people from all over the globe. It is increasingly attracting not only Spanish speakers who want to improve their English skills, but also people from many other countries for whom English is either their first language or their preference over Spanish.

During this time that I (Scott) have been involved more deeply in administration, I have found English Fellowship Church to be a place where I can maintain an involvement in direct Biblical ministry as well—serving as an elder, teaching God's Word and discipling other believers.

Exciting opportunities have been abounding here lately, you can pray for an ever increasing impact through this avenue of ministry. Pray especially for one young man who has been attending the church. He recently asked to be baptized, but I'm not confident that he is actually saved. He is very open to learning more, and we are making plans to study together what God's Word teaches about salvation.

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