Week 2 Ecuador Update (El Tambo, October 2017)

Hello team,

I want to start out by thanking all of you for your prayers over the past two weeks while I have been in Ecuador. I just returned home on Sunday and have had a couple of days to reflect on the last week. So I would like to take this opportunity to share with you some of the things that the Lord did last week.

If you remember, I shared in the last update that I would be in El Tambo in the Andes mountains of Ecuador last week. This was set up to be our biggest trip of the year. What I mean by that is that we were scheduled to have the most volunteers of the year and with that came the opportunity to do more ministry work. My primary role for this trip was organizational and logistical. I was in charge of making sure that everyone was where they could be most effective to the kingdom of God. On this trip we had 19 volunteers from the U.S., 14 Ecuadorian partners, 16 local pastor students, and around 5 women students. 

 Pastors David Crowe and Kevin Kearsey from Pray's Mill Baptist Church in Atlanta taught Evangelism and Discipleship to the pastors' students of the Andes Mountains of Ecuador. 

Pastors David Crowe and Kevin Kearsey from Pray's Mill Baptist Church in Atlanta taught Evangelism and Discipleship to the pastors' students of the Andes Mountains of Ecuador. 

 ICP team members Patricia Carlin and Sarah Crossett taught Service in the Home and Service in the Church to the women of this area. 

ICP team members Patricia Carlin and Sarah Crossett taught Service in the Home and Service in the Church to the women of this area. 

These images are from our medical ministry. We conducted a medical clinic 5 days last week where we offered basic checkups and medications. In a week we saw around 600 patients. The goal of these clinics is to point people to the local church. In the Andes Mountains of Ecuador, there aren't huge church buildings with well-organized outreach programs and huge marquee signs with witty sayings to draw people in. These clinics provide opportunities for local pastors that they may not ever get again. It draws people in from their village and surrounding villages to give them an opportunity to evangelise and love on the people of their area. 

 A large portion of the volunteers that came to work with us last week came to be a part of our childrens ministry. During the day while we were at the clinics the childrens team had the opportunity to minister to school children in the different communities. In the afternoons we held Bible clubs in the park in El Tambo like we do every trip. We are teaching these park children the same curriculum that we are teaching the school children at Shushufindi.

A large portion of the volunteers that came to work with us last week came to be a part of our childrens ministry. During the day while we were at the clinics the childrens team had the opportunity to minister to school children in the different communities. In the afternoons we held Bible clubs in the park in El Tambo like we do every trip. We are teaching these park children the same curriculum that we are teaching the school children at Shushufindi.

On this trip, we were blessed with a few volunteers with some very special gifts. The top picture is a mural painted in part of the ICP facility that is being used as a local house churches children's room. This mural was painted by my future mother in law Tammy Long with help from one of our Ecuadorian partners, Danni Aviles (aka Paint Eater). 

The second picture is of Frank Glover and Kevin Walker working on a teaching table for the pastor's teachers that travel with us. The facility that we work in used to be owned by the IMB. When the IMB missionary returned to the states for medical reasons they deeded the property over to be used by our ministry. They left behind a giant, solid wood desk that was in rough shape. We decided to take that desk and make something useful out of it. Out of the top we created a beautiful mural to hang in the ICP dining room, and out of the sides of the desk this beautiful teaching table was constructed.

As most of you know, I spent the last two weeks serving in Ecuador with International Church Planters in the jungle area of Shushufindi and mountains of El Tambo. I am increasingly more encouraged and impressed by the work taking place there and it gets harder to leave every time. I’m so very thankful to be a small part of something doing such great things for the Lord and His people.
— Wesley Stewart (ICP Volunteer)

I am thankful for faithful volunteers like Wesley that make our work in Ecuador and the rest of the world worthwhile. It is our job to mobilize the local church and give its members opportunities to assist in "making disciples of all nations." 

Come be a part of that mission with us like Wesley has. Go, Pray, Give.

Dylan AndersonComment