May 2018

Infant Dedication


We were privileged this Sunday to participate in the dedication of Luis' infant. Luis coordinates the FLET program in Sablog. He married about a year ago, and about a month ago asked me to dedicate his son to the Lord. His church in "San Isidro de Sablog" doesn't have a pastor. Luis is pretty much filling the role, but the church needed a pastor for the dedication. For me it's the first time I've dedicated an infant, but what a joy to do so! I was also surprised when they asked me to sign the official church register. Wow! They really make it official. Plus the celebration with choirs and, of course, a meal afterwards. Luis also does most of the teaching in the church. Lord willing, in the near future, he will be their pastor.








30 students in Capulispungo!

We now have 11 students on Saturday in Capulispungo for level 2 of FLET. This is the group that graduated last October and wants to continue their studies. We thank God that this group has finally been able to pull together again.
Since level 1 meets on Sunday, we stayed overnight in the church, and met with 19 students who are beginning their studies in this program.
God has been faithful and we continue to pray that the students will persevere through the program.

Level 2

Level 1

"CAPANVI" is born!


Saturday held a major event for the seven men from Capulispungo who are receiving training from our Foundation. They signed the papers to start their own company! This is their first practical step toward their goal. The next is to begin marketing. We are just as excited as they are!

("CAPANVI" stands for "Bread of Life Company" or in Spanish "Compañía Pan de Vida")


And the training workshops continue. Right afterwards, they met in our office to discuss an organizational chart for their new company and the responsibilities of each position.


To reach Cachisagua

The road to Cachisagua winds through the Andes mountains. (The community is on the furthest mountain on the left.)


The community lies right on the mountain side. Can you follow the winding road?


What seems like a few homes is really a whole community.


And here is where we hold our bible program "FLET." Fifteen students who work on their lessons at home and come to review.


Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. (1 Cor. 15:58)

In the Andes Mountains

This is where we go: into the heart of the Andes Mountains.


Looking across the way, the church is someone among the hills and sparse trees.


The church brings the community together.


And here is where the diligent study the Word of God. (Only a few, but the faithful.)


Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. (1 Cor. 15:58)

Men's Retreat


What a great change of pace for me! The church we've been involved in during past years invited me to a men's retreat. I led the music and shared about faithfulness in marriage. But the whole weekend was an adventure! The rain on Saturday caused landslides that prevented us from reaching our destination in Mera. We made it to Baños, and found a line of unmoving traffic. God reminded me of a retreat center in Baños. I investigated and they had room for us for that night. So half our retreat we celebrated in Baños, and the next day the road was cleared to make it to our planned retreat center in Mera. It felt good to be with other men and share together conferences, meals, jokes, and sports. They have a great ministry!