Exciting Ministry News!

We are excited to share with you that after a process that started last Summer we have been approved as missionaries with Reaching and Teaching. This is a new mission agency started by veteran missionary and Associate Dean of International Missions at SBTS,  Dr. David Sills. We are so excited for this opportunity as Dr. Sills book “Reaching and Teaching” has been foundational in our ministry in Ecuador and the agency lines up perfectly with the vision that God has given us for the ministry in Ecuador and Latin America that He has allowed us to be part of. Dr. Sills has been a great encouragement to us and we are excited for what the Lord will do!

Dr. Sills has been a speaker at various conferences (Cross Conference, Desiring God Conference) and you can know more about him and reaching and teaching here.

With the Lord answering to our 3 year prayer request, we are moving by faith and making some necessary changes.

1. Maris has self taught herself Spanish. She can get by in most day to day situations, yet her growing ministry outside the international school and in the church requires her to get formal language training. We have been pushing back from starting this key training for the last two years as we need the stipend from the school in order to meet our needs in Ecuador. At this point we have saved a bit of money for Maris to move to part-time and use that extra time to take Spanish classes. She started two weeks ago and it has been such a blessing and encouragement for her…challenging as well!

2. We have verbally committed with R&T (you can find us in their website); however, and as you see in the previous point. We have been serving in Ecuador for the last 3 years under our level of support and supplementing it with the stipend that we receive from the school. Our goal for 2014 is to raise enough support to be independent and focus specifically on areas of ministry that the Lord is blessing and that we feel called to pursue in the future. We are praying for the Lord to provide the necessary support.

If you are reading this, we ask you to please prayerfully consider partnering with us. Please pray that we can find like minded people and churches that would want to come alongside us. We are pursuing these two goals wholeheartedly and trusting for the Lord’s provision. Please let us know if you have any questions. We also want to share that faithful friends and partners have provided the means for us to attend a few conferences in 2014. Please pray that these conferences would not only be a great time to be refreshed, but opportunities to connect and share our vision with like minded believers and churches as we pursue this goal. If you are planning on attending T4G and Shepherds Conference, we would love to meet you!

We have updated our website as well! Take a moment to browse around when you can!

For Christ’s sake in Ecuador!

J & M

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