October 2016

Quichua Leaders


The goal is to train others to replace you in the ministry. At Capulispungo, I've been leading the bible study and, little by little, encouraging the members to learn to lead the study. But I´m discovering something new. We usually look for the person who is most able to teach the material, and usually those are the youth who have more education. But in the Quichua culture, they look up to the elderly, even though they may not have much formal education nor academic ability. That explains why many Quichua churches have an elderly pastor, who really doesn't do much, and a younger leader who coordinates everything that goes on in the church, even though he's not the pastor. In Capulispungo, I have some very able youth, who could lead the bible study, but they're not yet highly respected by the others for their age. Then there are some elderly folk, who can barely answer the questions, but, because of their age, hold more respect from the others. May God grant us the wisdom to train leaders.



Women's Retreat


This week Faby helped with a woman's retreat organized by the Semila seminary in Riobamba. She just gave one talk on "The Armor of God" in Ephesians 6, but we also participated in the worship services, and some games in the park. It's always a challenge to teach the Quichua since their worldview is different from ours, but we enjoy the fellowship and learning from each other.



Persevering in missions


Valeria went to Uganda three years ago with Global Outreach to Lake Victoria, where she spent six weeks on the islands. (click here for the summary.) Has she lost her missionary vision? Praise God she's more committed than ever to returning to Africa! She had to finish her studies, do a year internship, and now, as a fully graduated doctor, she's doing her one year of required rural, medical service in Ecuador. This week she came to visit us and we talked about possible plans for the future. She's still looking for a mission agency, and different options in Africa. But we praise God that her vision for missions has not waned. Pray for Valeria for clear direction for next year.

New Programs


I am trying to structure our visits to the communities. Here in Cachisagua, I have been teaching them guitar and charango, but this time I committed them to six workshops where they will learn to play an instrument, to explain the biblical basis for worship, to connect and run a simple sound system, and how to form chords on the piano. I hope this will give them more motivation and give me better results.


On Saturday, we inaugurated a bible study program for another community called "Santa Lucia" way up in the mountains! Some folks from the Capulispungo bible program accompanied us.


I have 14 students committed to the program with three more on the way. Since this is a new group, we have to start slowly, giving them time to get used to doing their homework and committing themselves to meet every 2 weeks.


Part of the Family


Our monthly visits to Capulispungo continue. The Bible Institute now has pastors from three other communities. Faby leads a women's bible study at the same time, and the women are opening up to her warm personality. We feel at home here, like we're part of the family, and we share in their victories and struggles. The pastor keeps the church pointed toward accomplishing goals, even though the constant migration of the youth to the cities weakens the church structure. Even this Saturday, three students were absent because they were visiting sick family members in Quito. God is faithful and He continues to do His work, in us and through us. Phil 1:6