Your Southern Florida Work & Witness team continued their work today in Quito, Ecuador at the Nazarene Seminary — on what we call “The Great Retaining Wall”.
Today we entered a new phase that has made our progress more challenging. It was necessary to install scaffolding since we are now above the six-foot level. District Superintendent, Dr. David Nixon and his brother Dr. Wendel Nixon — were given instructions and built wooden scaffolding so we could continue with the project by adding new and higher rows of rocks (See Photo #1).
Photo #2, shows Rev. Don Cox (left on scaffolding – retired Ecuador Missionary — now a member of Bradenton First) and Pastor Michael Orr (Past of our Arcadia church) taking a momentary break on the scaffolding while placing concrete over the set “face stones” on the wall. On the ground level is Nick Stathas, from Naples who is our on-site superintendent.
Photo #3, is the view from the seminary campus of some of the beautiful mountains that surround us. The views are breathtaking.
Photo #4, are our Southern Florida Missionaries to Ecuador, Rev. Dwight and Carolyn Rich. Today was Carolyn’s birthday and the team threw a birthday party for her at dinner tonight. Tim Rengen of Ft. Lauderdale First prepared the meal. It was a special full dinner recipe from Guyana (where Tim is from). The team gave Carolyn a very nice KitchenAid blender. Of course we had cake, ice cream and home made fudge syrup prepared by Cheryl Cox (NMI President – Bradenton First).
Following the party we heard the dramatic and harrowing story when Don Cox was kidnapped by a terror group when they served as missionaries here in Ecuador — 18 years ago. The entire team was greatly moved and inspired by the story given by both Don AND Cheryl.
Tomorrow/Wednesday – is our tour day. We will be seeing more of the countryside, visit one of the finest leather working areas in the world and shop at an indigenous Indian market place. The plan is to cap off the day at a Chinese restaurant!
The team moved approximately 4 tons of rocks today — now using wooden scaffolding. No injuries to report. God is good. And it would be really good if you would continue praying for the team, our missionaries and the ministries in Ecuador!
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