Update from Ecuador: ACBC Conference & Biblical Counseling in Ecuador

Dear Friends and Family,
The month of October has flown by and we are excited to share about what the Lord has been doing in our lives and in La Fuente.
ACBC Conference
At the beginning of the month, we had an amazing opportunity to attend the annual ACBC (Association of Certified Biblical Counselors) conference along with our dear sister, Mariqui, from La Fuente.

For the first time, the conference was open to Spanish speakers. We provided  translation of the website, for registration and for one of the break-out session as well.

We see such a need for Biblical Counseling in Ecuador and especially through the local church. This conference provided us with a wealth of wisdom and information that we were able to bring back to Quito. It also encouraged us to pursue further training in Biblical Counseling, so that we can be better equipped to lead others to Christ in the day to day struggles. We are excited to see how the Lord will use it within La Fuente and the Spanish speaking church.
Juan, Marissa and Mariqui
The conference was hosted by Grace Community Churchin Sun Valley, CA. This church is very close to our Alma Mater, The Master’s College, so it was exciting to see friends from the college as well.
We got to see the girls from the Master’s team that we hosted last summer!
Biblical Counseling in Latin America
Jota has decided to use his MDiv electives at BBC&S to take Master’s Level Biblical Counseling Classes from The Master’s College. His first class began during the ACBC conference and is called “The Biblical Counseling Movement”. This class has been very informative and encouraging as we pray and seek what the Lord has in regards to a movement of Biblical Counseling in Ecuador.

One of the assignments of the class was to meet with a leader in the Biblical Counseling Movement.  We, along with our friend Mariqui, were able to meet with Dr. Heath Lambert, the Executive Director of ACBC. We were able to ask him many questions about the BC movement in the states and seek his wisdom in our desire to establish Biblical Counseling in Ecuador.

Prior to the conference, we began work on translating videos from the BCDASoCal (Biblical Counseling and Discipleship Association of Southern California) website that meet ACBC certification requirements. At the time our desire was to translate them for the use of training in La Fuente. Now ACBC is considering using theses videos for the certification of Spanish speakers! Please pray for this exciting oportunity and as we seek to raise support for this project.

Financial Needs
We are finishing another newsletter that will provide a thorough update on this important area. We are in the middle of major changes as we are moving away from AAI and engaging in opportunities such as those shared in this email. We are asking if you would consider giving to our ministry.  If you are led that way, please email us at juanfmoncayo@gmail.com. Whether tax-deductible or not, whether occasionally or monthly.  We thank you for your prayerful consideration!
We are so thankful for each and every one of you. We do want to know what is going on in your lives as well. Please email us if there is any way we can be praying for you.
In Christ,
Jota and Marissa

 

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