Now There’s Three of Us!

Dear Friends and Family,

Moncayos Sept 2016 Update

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Life has changed a lot since our last update email about 5 months ago. We recommend watching the video above (it has some cute pictures of our baby!)

For those of you that can’t watch the video here is a bit of a summary…

 

Family life- The Lord is so gracious and after 9 months of waiting our baby is now with us! Willow Hope Moncayo was born on June 21st. Baby and mom are doing great. Mom and dad are getting used to this exciting beautiful new season of life. We are praying for Willow’s salvation and enjoying every moment of this special time.

 

In other news, Jota started last year of Seminary in August. This last year is focused on an Internship at La Fuente (something that he has been doing since day one). By God’s grace we were also able to find a car. We have gotten by without a car for 6 years in Ecuador, but with baby Willow, we really need one. We are also excited for how the car will facilitate ministry in many ways.

 

Biblical Counseling Videos- We finished translating about 30 hours of Biblical counseling videos. The translation included voice-overs, translation of notes, slides and extra handouts. Please pray that this would be a helpful resource for the churches in Latin America.

 

La Fuente- Things at La Fuente are really busy and it is an exciting year. We moved to a new locale, launched two new community groups, had baptisms, welcomed new members and are in the process of major transition. Please pray for Jota as he was asked to take the lead pastor role starting in October.

 

Biblical Counseling Class- The videos are a great resource but videos don’t equip counselors alone. Jota took all the materials translated for the videos and is in the process of creating a 9 month curriculum to train biblical counselors. The class includes watching the videos, doing readings, working through a personal sanctification project, Bible memorization and watching counseling observations. We started with module one last week and about 20 people signed up!

 

CHF- Please pray as we are receiving a visit of Children’s Hunger Fund later this month. We are praying and hoping to start a Mercy Network in our city that La Fuente will lead.

 

We are so thankful to the Lord for each and every one of you. Thank you for your continued love, encouragement, support and prayers. Please let us know how we can be praying for you and we encourage you think how the Lord might be leading you to partner to what He is doing in Ecuador or around the world!

 

In Christ,

Jota & Marissa

UPDATE: As we were finishing this email, our city had another earthquake. Please pray for us. It’s been hard to sleep well and we are learning to trust the Lord in this season.

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