I know I have had this picture on here before, but I just love it and it makes me homesick for Ecuador.
It has been a while since we have talked about Ecuador. This is mainly due to not really having any news to tell. Well, in the last few weeks, we have gotten some new info regarding our plans for overseas mission work.
About 3-4 weeks ago, we talked to the president of missions for our denomination, trying to figure out where God was leading and what directions we were to go. In that conversation, it was decided that we would stay here in the states for at least 2 more years while I finish school. We thought we would be really disappointed about this because we just want to get there!! But, we had a great peace regarding this decision and truly feel this is where the Lord is taking us. It was decided however, that we would be in conversation with leaders from the National Covenenant Church of Ecuador and through this we would develop relationship in hopes of coming alongside the National Church to develop an orphanage and medical clinic in a developing area of Ecuador.
It was a great relief to realize that the president as well as others are excited to have us go. We have felt in the past that maybe this was TOO big a vision, wondering if people would really be on board with this. But, through this conversation as well as others, we realize that people ARE excited to have us go and even view us as "a new generation of missionaries." HOW EXCITING! We are looking forward to the conversations over the next months and years and to see where that leads us. They seemed extremely excited to realize that we were ready and willing to go wherever, and we are actually hoping to go to the places where others don't want to go-the jungle, the coast, etc.
We are excited to see where this leads. Thank you for your continued interest and prayers.
So maybe this should not be considered "my Everst", but for the last little bit, this was my Everest. I had to completed this book for my book club by last Wednesday, or I would not be able to choose the next book. This was a huge incentive since I have a book I really really really want to read. Anyway, I spent all on Wednesday reading the last 200 pages and finished it with enough time to make dinner and dessert! I was very excited! So, what did I think? Well, it was a classic Steinbeck book from what I hear. I haven't read many. I was excited to finish, since most people that I talked to had not read this book, I am happy to say I have. Parallels! It has so many parallels to life, the classic good VS evil that has plagued mankind since Adam and Eve and particularly for this book-Cain and Abel. WOuld I recommend??? YES. If for no other reason than to say that you have read a classic! It is a classic and captures much of the essence of mankind. The way it is written-PHENOMINAL! He does such a great job in writing this. I would recommend, but I admit, I don't think I will read it again. The first time was good enough.!