God has surprised us, Phil. 4: 13, Dear Family and Friends, We wish you many blessings in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
On February 12, 2013, we will have been at the Teen Missions base in Ecuador for one year. The base is located outside the city of Latacunga and has an elevation of 3153 meters. It is very cold here! This year has been a time of adaptation to the climate, food, people and culture. Even though we are Latinos, the Spanish is different here. But we thank God that we have been able to adapt well. We have new friends—people who love the ministry here and we have met several new pastors of different denominations to be part of Teen Missions. Many of the contacts we have now did not know about Teen Missions, but the Lord has opened doors in ways we did not expect it, “He surprises us.”
We currently have nine students and one intern here in the base. Believe me, this has been incredible for me!!!!! In July we will have another student who will be commissioning and starting her internship. That’s wonderful!! Glory to God. In April, we are planning a missionary expedition to Peru, with all students as part of their missionary training. We will be visiting some contacts that we already have there and so little by little, we will start working in Peru with Ecuadorian students and magnify the Name of the Lord in that nation also.
Not long ago, a pastor and father of two of our students, told me that he has a pastor friend in Chiclayo, Peru, and that he is interested in sending his daughter to the Bible School here in Ecuador. They will be coming in February to talk to me about It. Really we’ve been very blessed by the Lord. In December of last year, we got a new truck—a Nissan Frontier 4WD double cab, and this has been a great blessing for us to go everywhere that we need. Also when winter comes, it is hard to come up the base with the van, but now, that shouldn’t be a problem anymore. We have also been visited by the Spindlers, a couple of staff who came from Florida for three months to be here and help us do what we are doing in a better way. They have been like the breeze that cools the fields, so that fields are fertile and produce a 100%! May God bless our brothers. Soon, we will have another student coming from Florida BMW, to do her internship to the base here in Ecuador.
When I first came with Anita and Kadisha, we were only three. The Lord has given us the biggest blessing that we could have at this time, our second daughter, Astrid … and now we are four!!! Astrid is very different from us. She is whiter than we expected, and I asked Anita if someone changed her in the hospital, because if you see Kadisha she is brown skin like us, but Astrid looks different, but she is a blessing of God, she was born very well, healthy, and intelligent, was a normal delivery, and thankfully had no complications whatsoever. Anita has recovered very quickly and Kadisha is very happy with her new little sister. She loves her so much and sometimes she wants to hold, but we do not let her to do it because Astrid is bigger than what Kadisha was at that age …… I think God has been wonderful, as I said earlier. We were surprised, He has done more than we expected!!
Prayer Requests . Increase our passion for missions . Good health of our daughters . Support for future projects . More students . To be people of integrity . For our marriage—today we are having our anniversary ….!!