Happy Valentines Day
Feb14

Happy Valentines Day

Today is St. Valentine’s Day and here just like in the states the streets are full of flowers and goodie baskets, the only thing different is that for $5 you can get a lovely bouquet of roses and in the States I am sure it is a little more pricey. Usually you can get a dozen roses for $1-$2, but as all good entrepreneurs know today is all about supply and demand. A little update on what I am doing. I have finished the main components of the website, and am currently finishing up translating it into Spanish and doing a few little fixes. The next thing that I am doing is building a special phone application. This application will be designed for our church planters to help collect contact information and help identify what groups need more assistance as they grow. In Krista’s world she has been really busy making sure Extreme’s new building we are renting is working out well for the 40/40 missionaries that are living there while they are training. This Saturday February 20th, Krista will spear head a medical clinic at our church with two Cuban doctors. The clinic will be housed inside of the church and will be completely free. Please pray for the church as we hope to bring in many new people to the...

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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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2016 the Year of Multiplication
Jan25

2016 the Year of Multiplication

This morning we jumped on a bus headed to Ibarra, the location of one of our church plants and also the location where many of the Leaders of Extreme where just finishing up a week of vision casting and planning for the next year. We went to a district service that included about 10 churches in the district. The theme for the district meeting was making 2016 the year of multiplication and the General Superintendent of the Church of the Nazarene, Dr. Jerry Porter was able to be there and give the message. It was a wonderful opportunity to see the senior pastor at the Ibarra church that was planted less than two years ago, who is now the head of the district fire up the members of the different churches about changing their cities. The message was focused around the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well and how the faith of that one woman saved the whole city. After the service we had the opportunity to take all the leaders from Extreme back to Quito and tour the completed office and new apartments that will be used for training new missionaries before they go on to their service cities. Krista worked very hard this whole week working with many different people to get things moved in and set up to be prepared for the first missionaries whom will be here Thursday. (We forgot to take pictures of the new apartments and office, so we will post that soon).   Thanks for your continued prayers and...

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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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A year of work and a visit to Ambato
Dec06

A year of work and a visit to Ambato

Friday was the day of the website launch and it feels good to show off some of what I have been doing for the last year. I would love to hear what you think of the new site. You can visit it here: www.extremenazarene.org In other news, two weekends ago Krista and I had the opportunity to visit one of Extreme’s past church plants in Ambato, Ecuador.  We helped host an all day soccer tournament, where the gospel message was presented along with some children’s activities.  Afterwards, a few of Extreme’s leadership spoke to leaders in the church about discipleship and evangelism. The church has been struggling since the departure of its 40/40 church planters  and it was a good time to come along side their leaders and encourage them. Nikol using the Jesus cube for an illustration for the kids. Nikol, a past 40/40 talking with kids about God. Children’s activities Ariel, a past 40/40 here at this church who is now a mobilizer preaching on Sunday. Brian giving a little message. A skit illustrating Jesus’s sacrifice for us. The leaders of the Ambato Church Krista getting ready for a game Krista bringing her A...

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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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