Prayer Requests
Feb01

Prayer Requests

We are wrapping up a crazy past two weeks.  Justin, myself and others in the office have been working hard to ready our new Extreme Quito Center, which has been a bit more challenging task than I thought.  From organizing/buying furniture, working with the land lord and contractor and putting in water heaters, I think we are finally there.  Three of the Manta 40/40s moved in this week and they are slowly finding out the kinks.  We are living here with them as well until their clusters arrive on Thursday. This weekend, we toured them around Quito and said goodbye to some awesome friends who have become family over the past year and a half.  Besides the Extreme Center, there has also been a lot going on medically within Extreme.  Though, not appropriate to share publicly, please be in prayer for the health of our organization.  There has been quite a bit going on.  In the next few weeks, we will be putting on a medical clinic with my church I attend here in Quito.  After praying and searching for local doctors for a long time, this is finally happening.  With donations from past medical trips and leftover meds, God has supplied everything to make this happen. So on February 20th, please be in prayer for the hearts and souls of the people of Quito as we seek to use God’s resources to share his love....

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Update on Gualsaquí
Dec21

Update on Gualsaquí

For a few weeks now I have been meaning to meet up with Pastor Luis of the Gualsaquí Church near Otavalo.  Today, I was in the area with my family and we decided to attend his church. As Pastor Luis greeted us, members of the church began leaving the sanctuary before the service had even really began.  Confused we realized what was going on.  In October, a short term team helped construct three walls to increase the Gualsaquí sanctuary and make room for the ever growing congregation. The roof of the church has been placed the day before with help from another local church we had worked with.  They had joined together along with financial blessings from God (and the local hardware store) to put up the roof.  Dressed in our Sunday best, alongside the congregation we got to work.  Today, we tore down walls and the old stage to make room for the expansion.  We filled buckets and wheelbarrows with dirt to fill the area where the new alter (stage) will be constructed. The hope is to have this all done before next week, which marks the birthday of the church and a huge celebration.  In January, they plan to have a huge evangelism event in the expanded sanctuary.  The new expansion has a lot of financial ties that still are yet to be met, but Pastor Luis and his congregation are trusting God to provide as He has done thus far. Please Pray: Financial provision for the Church in Gualsaquí and the other churches of Tangalí and Quichinche which Extreme sent a short term team in October. The new ECQ and the preparations needed for the next 40/40 team The last minute fundraising for the Manta 40/40 Church plant team Continued guidance in ministry Justin and I will be on vacation and not updating our blog most likely until mid January.  Everyone have a Merry Christmas and see you next year! Church in expanded sanctuary Destruction Time Filling the new stage Tearing down the wall Tearing down the old wall With Pastor Luis Justin & I with Pastor...

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Youth Camp in Ecuador
Dec01

Youth Camp in Ecuador

Part of Extreme’s vision is recruiting and planting seeds for future missionaries. We want to empower local South Americans to become missionaries in their home country and then eventually around the world. Extreme Nazarene has four South American “mobilizers” or recruiters who travel around Ecuador as well as other South American countries speaking in churches and attending events to promote this vision.   One of these mobilizers is Nikol and she works out of the Quito office with me. This weekend, I had the opportunity to accompany Nikol at a local camp for the youth of churches in Quito. I grew up going to camp and youth group was a huge part of my life, so I excitedly said yes. Even better yet, my job was to organize the games for the weekend.   It ended up being a much smaller group of young people than we anticipated, but it was still an amazing weekend. We spent much of our time, hearing from different devotional speakers, in prayer, playing games and fending off mosquitoes.   Please continue to pray for the mobilizers here, as they search for young missionaries in a society that is used to receiving missionaries rather than sending...

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Short Term Project, Long Term Impact
Nov03

Short Term Project, Long Term Impact

When returning from a short term mission’s trip, many people ask us about what we did for the community we visited.  All of our one or two weeks of crazy God experiences is summed up into one category: works.  Especially as North Americans, we focus on this concept of physical, tangible projects.  I am guilty of this every day in my work.   I often find myself focusing on time and getting things done instead of the people and the relationships around me. During this past short term project, we were tasked with three projects, two being too large to accomplish in the six work days that were available to us.  One of the most impossible tasks was to start the construction on new children’s Sunday school classrooms for the rural church of Tangalí.  As one walks to the back of the sanctuary where the construction has progressed, the sight is daunting.  Teenagers and old men alike, North American and South American alike scale the 60 degree incline with wheelbarrows and buckets filled with rocks, cement, rebar and dirt. A few days later we find ourselves in the Church of Gualsaqui doing the same work, but without the incline.  The concrete block wall goes up smoother, a classroom and soon to be bread store are painted.  Sure we accomplished all of these great construction deeds for the church and the gratefulness that shown on their face and in their words blessed us.  When people from the outside wonder about the short term team, they think about those construction jobs we worked. What was really the most impactful I believe for most of the team, did not necessarily occur while shifting sand, shoveling cement, or painting.  For most of us, I think it was dancing around like a child during an evangelism event, making a connection with a laughing child who did not share the same language, hearing the dreams and goals of the local pastors over a shared meal, connecting with a local brother or sister in Christ,  a conversation with one of the 40/40 missionaries or maybe hearing the testimony of a house of prayer or leader of the Ibarra church plant. I do not want to belittle the work that was accomplished over the past two weeks.  We pray the construction will help produce fruits for the three churches of Quichinche, Tangalí and Gualsaqui for years to come.  That the classrooms that were created or improved upon, the walls that were built, the sanctuary that was expanded on will all hold a physical, tangible purpose in the Kingdom of God.  In all of that, what will hold the...

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When Plans Change
Sep28

When Plans Change

About a month ago, my world was expanded. Within these changes, I added onto my role within Extreme Nazarene. I am now the short-term coordinator for Ecuador. Meaning that I help lead and implement short-term trips to Ecuador (as well as my other nursing duties). Looking back on things this is not what I expected, but I am excited about what the future holds. I talk a lot about how my life here in Ecuador possibly does not reflect what most people think of a missionary’s life. Contrary to popular belief, I do not take canoes to work, sleep in a hammock or use a machete. Though last Tuesday, was one of the most cultural and amazing experiences I have had. A few leaders from my organization and I traveled to Otavalo to meet up with some pastors who will be involved in the upcoming short-term project. Next thing I know, 9 of us are squeezed into 6-person car and traveling down the rural roads of Northern Ecuador. That day, we together visited three different rural churches that will be benefitted by the work God has already planned for us.  Each pastor shared with us his or her church history and their dreams for the future. Their dreams to build classrooms for the children expand upon their church, maintain a general store in the church compound and so on. It was beautiful to hear and to share that experience with them and their hope for the future. I can say God totally blessed me that day in not only the opportunity but in the miracle in that my Spanish held up and I was able to communicate and understand, which at times can still be a challenge. So please, join my team and me in prayer as we prepare to receive a team from the US. Pray that we will join together in unity in Christ and do his work in these three wonderful churches. Pray for the church members in these three churches as they pray to receive...

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