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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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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Move In Day
Nov16

Move In Day

A few months ago Brian Tibbs, or CEO found a apartment building that we could rent as an organization. This would allow us to house teams that are in Quito while they are training, and our office, all while reducing costs. The new office location will be closer to the seminary providing Krista and a couple other team members that visit the seminary frequently easier access, along with building better relationships with our new teams in training who will be living in the same building as our office. We are really excited to be in a new area and continuing to build a great launching point for all of the future church planting teams that come through Quito. Next year alone we will have three different church planting teams training here in Quito. Pray for us as we continue to set up the apartments and plan for the future teams that will come and train here. Also I personally need prayer has I am entering into the last week or so of testing for the new website and that everything will launch smoothly. On a side note, if anyone wants to test out and give feedback on the new website before it launches, shoot me an email, and I would love to hear your...

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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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