Week 1 Ecuador Update (Shushufindi, October 2017)

Buenas tardes hermanos,

Good afternoon from Ecuador my friends! I am currently in my room at the hostel (similar to a motel) in Quito, Ecuador. We just finished up week one of ministry here in Ecuador. As you may recall from the last update I have been working in Shushufindi, Ecuador for the last week. Shushufindi is in the northern part of Ecuador close to Columbia. It is in the Amazon jungle region of Ecuador and is HOT! (I wish I knew how to put fire emojis on here!) We finished up our last day of ministry in Shushufindi yesterday and travelled here to Quito this morning. We are currently waiting for our next team from the states to arrive here tonight. We will then travel on to El Tambo early tomorrow morning to begin preparations for the next week of ministry work. 

The work in Shushufindi went great! We had a great team of repeat volunteers who love the Lord with all of their heart. We were very blessed with great attitudes from the whole team and unity the whole week! As I stated in the previous update there were a few different ministry aspects going on last week. 

 

 ICP president, Ryan Bush, taught both classes for Didache Institute Module 4 (Church Planting).  The courses were Evanglism and Discipleship. (In the mornings some of the women joined the class because the womens courses did not begin until later in the day.)

ICP president, Ryan Bush, taught both classes for Didache Institute Module 4 (Church Planting).

The courses were Evanglism and Discipleship. (In the mornings some of the women joined the class because the womens courses did not begin until later in the day.)

 ICP team members, Sarah Crossett and Patricia Carlin taught our Women's Didache Institute Module 4 (Women Who Serve Others). Sarah Crossett taught Service in the Church and Patricia Carlin taught Service in the Home. 

ICP team members, Sarah Crossett and Patricia Carlin taught our Women's Didache Institute Module 4 (Women Who Serve Others). Sarah Crossett taught Service in the Church and Patricia Carlin taught Service in the Home. 

 Where we conduct our training in this location is at a school. So, in the mornings we split up and minister to as many of the classes here that we can. This trip we were able to spend 30min a piece with ages 7-14. I taught the 13 and 14-year-old classes.  This is my third time to teach these jr. high age kids. I have really enjoyed getting to know these kids and seeing how much some of them are learning through these classes.   Just like the men's and women's training this children's curriculum is continuing to build off of itself each time. This time it was all about the power of Jesus. 

Where we conduct our training in this location is at a school. So, in the mornings we split up and minister to as many of the classes here that we can. This trip we were able to spend 30min a piece with ages 7-14. I taught the 13 and 14-year-old classes.

This is my third time to teach these jr. high age kids. I have really enjoyed getting to know these kids and seeing how much some of them are learning through these classes. 

Just like the men's and women's training this children's curriculum is continuing to build off of itself each time. This time it was all about the power of Jesus. 

 Every afternoon a part of our team went to a local park to do children's outreach. We would tell a Bible story, sing songs, and make crafts. This is the third time that we have conducted this outreach and we are beginning to recognize many faces. We hope that this part of our ministry will continue to open doors for evangelism and plugging individuals into local churches for discipleship. 

Every afternoon a part of our team went to a local park to do children's outreach. We would tell a Bible story, sing songs, and make crafts. This is the third time that we have conducted this outreach and we are beginning to recognize many faces. We hope that this part of our ministry will continue to open doors for evangelism and plugging individuals into local churches for discipleship. 

Thank you so much for all of the prayers thus far! Keep them coming, we have much more work ahead of us! Tomorrow morning we will be travelling with a large group of volunteers to El Tambo in the Andes Mountains of Ecuador. This upcoming week is going to be a whirlwind of teaching, evangelism, construction, and medical ministries all combined! I look forward to sharing with you about what the Lord does for the rest of my time here in Ecuador!