Indigenous church in Tolontag

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I had always heard about this indigenous church in Tolontag, only about 15 minutes from our home. We decided to swing out that way. I still had the telephone number of the pastor, and he was around! We received a generous welcome with a tour of the church. The church has one thousand members! and is extremely well organized by the pastor Festo into small cell groups and Sunday school classes. Pretty impressive. The sanctuary is stadium size and is surrounded by 35 classrooms! I met pastor Festo at the seminary in Riobamba as one of my students, but he is now the professor of 250 leaders in his church. Tolontag is an indigenous community in the mountains and the church functions likewise. A completely different dynamic from a city church.

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Our park

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The park in front of our house continues to be "our ministry site." As part of our community service, we rescued a large, wooden tourist sign that was to be thrown away. I needed help to put it back in place. Who lended a hand? Our local alcoholics in the park! Glad to help.
We've also made friends with a couple of social workers who are assigned to help drug addicts and alcoholics on the street. We met in the park. Both of us trying to wake up Pedro, who was taking a nap on the sidewalk. It's their job. It's our ministry. Interesting teamwork.

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Pedro and Family

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Faby and I are both blessed to have united, Christian families. Saturday Faby's family had a big get-together with food and singing. Pedro (our alcoholic friend from the park) is not so blessed. Friday we found Pedro in the park with one of his brothers. We were eager to get to know a member of his family and invited both to our house to talk. We learned that Pedro's four brothers and one sister want to sell the house. Which means Pedro won't have a place to live. We also learned that his brother is also an alcoholic, although he holds down a job with the electric company. While we talked, his brother downed too much alcohol that he had brought along and almost couldn't stand up enough to leave our house. When you aren't blessed with a united, healthy family, life is lonely and difficult. We continue to pray for Pedro. He really needs a family.

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Health update

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We praise the Lord that Faby's health has improved! Her headaches have diminished to minimum, maybe once a week. We continue to struggle with her memory. One day at a time. God is faithful. Continue to pray for us.

Quichua Church nearby

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Fifteen minutes from our home stands a rural church where some of the older folk still speak Quichua. The pastor, Alberto, had asked us to give the message for mother's day. Alberto comes to our Bible study on Wednesdays with his wife, son, and daughter-in-law. We're trying to attend regularly, although the service begins at 8am and we have to start our Sunday at 5:30am to arrive on time. Alberto is not full-time and the church suffered attendance during the Pandemic. They're still recovering. We continue to pray for how we can participate in the growth of this church.