As usual, October has been a month full of activity. We took our youth group to the inauguration of the school year event with all the other churches of our association. The inauguration of the Youth Bible Clubs is a whole Saturday of conferences, praise and worship, and games. Dave was asked to be the conference speaker. The theme was: “The most important class of the year”, speaking to the need for a personal devotional time in the Word of God. We filmed the whole event and made a great promotional video. You can check it out here.
Daniel and Luke’s favorite sport is baseball. Here in Ecuador, it’s a sport that is almost completely unknown. We always thought the boys’ dream of playing in a little league would never come true, but a couple of years ago, we found out that the US Embassy sponsors a youth baseball league in Quito every fall. Now, the boys are in their third year of Quito baseball. We are so grateful that God had a little extra blessing in store for our boys by allowing them this opportunity. You can check out a little video of them playing ball here.
Our purity project in the church is coming to an end. Please join us in praying for those who received the teaching, and for the follow-up with many more who have yet to receive it. As a culmination of the study, we are having a dinner for the teens and their parents on November 10th to give them the opportunity to make a mutual pledge for purity. Please help us pray for the youth of our church. We are doing a lot of counseling with the repentant who are now single parents, and a lot of praying for those who are still in rebellion. We rejoice in the many youth and adults who have made wise decisions and have been challenged to deepen their commitment to Christ through this study. We are making the materials widely available to all the churches in our association and anyone else who would like them.
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November 2nd is one of the biggest holidays of the year here in Ecuador. Known as Day of the Dead, it has it’s origins in the belief that deceased loved ones return from the grave each year to spend time with their families. This belief is still held in some indigenous communities. The families go to the cemeteries taking food and drink to the gravesite where they bury a portion of the food and share a meal with their family.
The modern holiday is a time for families to gather and share traditional food such as a fruit drink and bread . We will be celebrating this holiday at the church and inviting many unbelievers to join us for a good meal and a day of fun and fellowship. Please help us pray for this outreach event.