Arriving right after the police in the middle of the night to counsel a couple in domestic violence, a frantic phone call from a mother whose daughter didn’t come home that night, a difficult visit with a couple on the verge of divorce, counseling another rebellious teen filled with rage against his parents, guiding a young lady in an abusive relationship: this is making disciples.
The past two months, we have dealt with a wave of issues both within and outside of our church family. We know God is moving in our midst when the people begin to stir, and while it’s emotionally taxing for us, it’s when we see the most spiritual growth in the people we are discipling. We know that, “the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:3-4)
We know God is moving in our midst when the people begin to stir, and while it’s emotionally taxing for us, it’s when we see the most spiritual growth in the people we are discipling.
Making disciples isn’t just about teaching Bible classes, it’s about living life with people. That includes walking with them through the rough patches of life. It means guiding them with the Word of God through some of the most difficult decisions of their lives. The events and activities we do on a grand scale with large groups are exciting, but the real work is one-on-one with each person. It’s not newsworthy, but it produces the greatest fruit of the ministry. We’ve seen young people turn back to God after a period of rebellion. We’ve seen couples healed of old wounds that were destroying their marriage. We’ve seen children restored to their parents.
We’ve seen believers walk through the fire of trials and emerge stronger in their faith. When you pray for the ministry in Cayambe, you are fighting “not against flesh and blood” (Ephesians 6:12), but rather you are taking the spiritual fight to the enemy. Your prayers for us have been a lifesaver in a very literal way in our ministry. We encourage you to continue to “pray without ceasing” for the ministry in Cayambe.
Here’s a few ways you can pray specifically:
- Pray for the marriages of our church to be strengthened in the face of a culture of divorce. Pray especially for their faith to be the guiding factor to better intimacy and communication.
- Pray for the young adults in our church to find their way in the transition to adulthood. We have begun a new monthly meeting with them to give them a special time of fellowship and study. We had 17 young adults in our home last Sunday.
- Pray for the young married couples in our church and for the couples who are currently living together with plans to get married. There are many struggles in putting God at the center of their home.
- Pray for the youth of the church to resist the many temptations that the world offers. The teen pregnancy rate is sky-rocketing here. 50% of the girls we’ve worked with through the years are now single mothers.
- Pray for the next generation of kids coming up through our kids club that we would make disciples, and that their families would come to Christ as well.
New Year’s Eve Video
Some of you still haven’t seen our video from our New Year’s Eve Festival! There were over 200 people in attendance this year in spite of the cold weather. We had a great opportunity to meet a lot of new families that have moved into the community, and got to spend a great time inaugurating the New Year with our church family. You can click here or click on the picture to take you to the video.
One of the biggest holidays of the year in Ecuador is Carnaval. Also known as Mardi Gras in the United States, it happens every year on the four days leading up to the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday. In Ecuador, it’s celebrated in parades, parties, and a nationwide water-fight. We decided to take advantage of the vacation days to take the youth from our church on a hike to a local swimming pool. As you can see from the video, we had a great time!