Your Southern Florida Work & Witness team in Ecuador, South America, had another incredible day. This morning after breakfast and an incredible devotional by Josias Belorme, the team headed for Otavalo, a town about 60 miles north of Quito.
Photo 1 and Photo 2 — show some of God’s beautiful mountain landscaping that we saw today. Photo 2 shows the extinct Imbabura Volcano — including the village and farms that form its base. We from the U.S. will have to be envious, as the Ecuadorians are only paying $1.48 (USD) for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline (US Gallon)!
At Otavalo we were taken to an open-air indigenous Indian market. Most of us purchased treasures for our relatives and friends. From there we went a short distance to a town called Cotacachi — which specializes in beautiful leather goods of everything imaginable. We then headed back to Quito — where we had a delicious dinner at a Chinese Restaurant.
Tomorrow (Thursday) we will resume work on the “Great Retaining Wall”.
Thanks for the email today from former General Superintendent and NMI Executive Director – Dr. Nina Gunter — who reminded us that the main chapel structure on the seminary here was made possible largely from Alabaster Offering Funds. Don’t forget that September is Alabaster Offering month!
In addition to Dwight and Carolyn Rich — our own Southern Florida District Missionaries to Ecuador — we have also had the privilege of working with Dana and Sherry Howard and their 3 daughters (See Photo 4). The Howard’s have been missionaries for 16 years, the last 10 in Ecuador. Dana is the National Ministry Director and assistant to Dwight Rich. In Photo 4 are (l to r) Cristen (10th grade), Dana, Sherry, Courtney (12th grade) and Candice (8th grade). They are a delightful family — all interested in making a difference for God’s Kingdom. The Howard’s also have a son who is a sophomore at Mount Vernon Nazarene University.
Photo 5 is our own Ruth Ann and Keith Morris who are members of the Lehigh Acres Church and serve as volunteer missionaries in Ecuador. Actually, Ruth Ann and Keith are volunteer math teachers at a private American-style English-speaking school here in Quito. By volunteering, an equivalent of their salary is used to educate missionary kids here like the 3 Howard girls. Each of the girls have one of the Morris’ as their math teacher. Two years ago Ruth Ann and Keith resigned their math teaching positions in Lee County Florida and became volunteer missionaries/teachers here in Ecuador. They have to raise their own support money — although, they do receive housing on the seminary campus.
If you haven’t done so — add the Howard’s and the Morris’ to your missionary prayer list.
And as has been said in the past we cherish and appreciate your prayers for our team here as we both work and witness. There will be much more “rock” work tomorrow and for the remainder of our time here. Your prayers make the difference for safety!
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