Greetings from Ecuador,
As I’m writing this, I’m outside watching the biggest and prettiest hummingbird I’ve ever seen fly in front of me. The school year is coming to an end here at the Bible school. The students are taking finals this week and they graduate on June 14th. Next week I will be going with them to Cuenca as they will have a week of practicals before they graduate. After they graduate, I will be moving to Cuenca for the summer and house sitting the Pillman’s house as they are in the states until August. I was in charge for most of May as the administrator was in the states, and praise God nothing too major happened and I think it went well. I taught her literature class and a class on the book of Ruth during that time, which really helped my Spanish. I got a 6 month tourist visa, so I have until November to get my missionary visa. I have all the papers that I need except one-the church’s registration papers. The place that has the registration papers is currently without a manager, and so I am waiting for them to get a manager so that they can sign the paper. It sounds like such a simple thing, but I have been waiting for this paper for 2 months already, so please pray for this. Yesterday we had a fun adventure chasing our chickens-I have decided I never want chickens (unless I can watch the entertainment from a distance). I have been working on a play based on the book of Hosea and the book Redeeming Love. I just finished it and it will be performed by the students in August, I am told. This summer I will be working in Cuenca, and Rachel (the administrator) and I are organizing a Kids’ Camp for the month of July. I will be working on making the Bible lessons for the teachers this coming week. Thank you for all of your support and prayers.
1. For the students as they graduate, that they would continue to grow in their faith after leaving Bible school (Pocho, Kevin, Taty, Johanna, & Raquel)
2. For future students in the fall
3. For my missionary visa
4. For the summer Kids’ Camp
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Dear friends of the WMF,
This month we had the blessing of a ministry team visiting from the AFLC Bible School. They worked with the church youth to share Jesus with the children at the Bilingue elementary school. Justo was involved as well and did a lot of translation. Many children expressed a desire to know the Savior. Thank you for your part in the Lord’s work here in Ecuador. He is transforming lives!
In Him, Just, Tricia, and family
Amanda Bellefy is a Short Term Assistant (STA) in Ecuador. STA’s are volunteers who go out on their own to serve on the mission field with the blessing of AFLC World Missions.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” –Ephesians 2:8-10
We had a blessed week this last week working with the bilingue school in Cuenca. I stayed with the Aletheia students in the mission home and we worked alongside the AFLBS team from the states and the team from the Paz de Dios church. Everyday we had a special presentation for the elementary students. On Monday (4/7), we performed a passion play 7 times for the different grades. On Tuesday, the groups split up, so the group from Aletheia shared puppet skits with the kids. On Wednesday, we went to the different classrooms and did crafts with them. Thursday we watched videos, which had a powerful response from the children. Then on Monday (4/14), we wrapped up our time with a performance continuing from the previous Monday’s performance, starting at the crucifixion and ending with Jesus going back up into heaven, using a pulley system and scaffolding. It was a great time filled with God’s Spirit.
- Please pray for the children that responded to the Gospel, that they would grow in their faith and relationship with Christ.
- Please pray that my visa application would be accepted. I am planning on handing in my paperwork next week.
As always, thanks for your prayers, support, and words of encouragement. God is always at work, and I feel blessed to be able to serve Him here.
Greetings from Cuenca! We were keeping track of the annual conference from afar. We are always sorry to miss it.
It’s been a rather trying week for us, but the Lord is good and we are thankful for His loving care. We have been experiencing difficulty with our visa. We were denied our application this week because of a paper out of our control that is tied up in government bureaucracy. Since Hannah was just born we don’t have her American passport yet so it feels like she can’t leave the country and we can’t stay. Be praying for Tricia you can just imagine what it’s like for her. We have been evaluating our options and we may need to travel to Peru by car for a short visit in order to re-enter Ecuador to get an extension on our visa. Be in prayer for safety as we travel with a month-old baby.
On top of the visa issues both Nathanael and Hannah came down with pinkeye so we have been treating that this week.
I share this more so you can be in prayer more specifically for our ministry and family. We appreciate so much your prayers and support for us.
Editor’s note: If you click on the photo above, you will see a larger version that is easier to read!
The Pillman’s are so happy to introduce their new daughter to the AFLC and WMF. You can see more pictures of her and her new family here.