Moving toward self-sustainability

We have been on a three step process with our project in Cayambe, Ecuador.  Step 1: Open the Medical Clinic.  Step 2: Open the Home for At Risk Children.  Step 3: Become self-sustainable.  As you know, the clinic is open and serving the community and we are in process of opening the home right now, so onto step 3.  Recently, we had a visit from two of our Board Members, Tim Eberhard and Zach Stevens, as well as the pastor of the Coshocton Christian Tabernacle, Mike Jansen.  The purpose of their trip was to bring down and setup a CNC Router that will be used to make wood frames that can be sold in artisan markets which then will produce income for the home.  Please pray for this endeavor and its success!

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Serving Iglesia Nazareno

After our big day of celebration a week ago with the Inauguration of the Home for At Risk Children, we went right back to work again on Monday with another Medical Caravan.  This week we partnered with a group of doctors from Chicagoland, headed up by the Santiago Partnership’s very own Kristi Lundblad.  We served the Compassion children of our sister church, Iglesia Nazareno, and its two satellite locations in Cangahau and Oyacachi in providing the children’s annual medical check up. In addition to the check ups, all the of children received a hearing test as two of the doctors who came down were Audiologists.  It was a wonderful week of serving together!

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Inauguration of the Home for At Risk Children

On Saturday, April 29th the Home for At Risk Children in Cayambe, Ecuador was inaugurated!  We plan to have the people working in the Home start on May 15th and the Home be open to receive children on May 22nd. These are pictures from Saturday of the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and the Prayer of Dedication for the Home.  Our ceremony started by forming a parade to reenact a traditional Kichwa House Warming Ceremony called “Huasipichai” where the house is “cleansed” before people move in. We began our parade with balloons, the house cleaners, dancers and a folkloric band as we walked from the Medical Clinic all the way up to the Home for At Risk Children (about a half a mile). Once we arrived, the house was cleansed and we started the Inauguration with more music.  We took time during our ceremony to say a special word of thanks to Erik and Kristina Amundsen as they were completing their missionary service and have help us a ton in the area of agriculture.  Many people came from all over from different parts of Ecuador as well as from the United States and Sweden to be a part of Saturday’s activities. After our delicious meal of roasted pork and the fixings, our day was completed by a full setup of cake and cupcakes prepared by our missionary friends.

Saturday was a great party! We were celebrating the fact that the Home for At Risk Children is now FINALLY opening! After years of blood, sweat and tears building the home physically, structurally, emotionally and legally, we are finally opening! Praise the Lord!  We now have our permit and are planning on opening on the 15th of May, God willing!  Thank you to so many of you who have been so loyal in your support.  It is because of you and God’s help that we have arrived at this celebration.  The Santiago Partnership will be a bit financially strapped in order operate both the Home and the Medical Clinic as our funds have dropped in the process of getting the Home open. If you would like to provide a financial gift to congratulate everyone on their hard work in order to get to this point, please click this link and don’t forget to put “Home for At Risk Children” where it says to “Add a Personal Message.”  https://www.santiagopartnership.org/give/

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Thank you Canada!

Doing Partnership the Canadian way!  Our friends from the Evangelical Covenant Church of Canada are back again this year and are doing partnership in Ecuador in a new way.  We came together with a Pastoral Interchange with pastors from Canada and pastors from our Kichwa conference of the Covenant Church of Ecuador.  It was a great time of encouragement and sharing for all involved.  The Canadian pastors also visited many other Covenant Churches and ministries that are a part of the Kichwa conference.  Oh Canada!

 

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Serving Quevedo

This past week we partnered with Bethany Covenant Church of Berlin, CT, the Iglesia del Pacto de Missionera de la Valle of Sangolqui, Ecuador and the Covenant’s Merge Ministry in order to hold a Medical Caravan in Quevedo, Ecuador where the Missionera de la Valle church is planting a new work.  We came alongside them and collaborated with Bethany Covenant to hold a two-day medical caravan for the underprivileged in the area.  It was incredible to see how when we work together, we can offer so much more as the team brought with them a pediatrician, a psychiatrist and an occupational therapist.  It was a wonderful couple of days in partnership through service!

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Called Deeper

Maybe it’s just me, but sometimes I unconsciously think that I’ve kind of paid my dues.  I tell myself, “I’m a missionary ya know?”  I have sacrificed, my family has sacrificed.  We live in a foreign land, we struggle in different areas, we miss family weddings and funerals and have to figure out creative ways to support family and friends from a distance.  I have said YES to the call God has placed on my life to GO!  I am here.  Some days I feel myself leaning towards saying to God “what else do you want?”  “Haven’t I given ENOUGH?!”  GEESH!  I am not saying this is what I SHOULD say, but, let’s be honest, I’m human, to the core!  I’m just giving you a glimpse in to how that looks some days.

This whole last week, we had a dental team.   There were some difficulties for sure and at the end of the days, I was so tired and exhausted (as well as the rest of the team).  I typically rode back to Cayambe with one of my friends and fellow missionaries, Annalea Egging.  Each day, she had the same playlist in her car and each day, no matter how long or how short of time we were in the car, the same song continued to play each day.  The main thing I liked about the song is that it helped me relax.  After feeling stresses of the day, I would just sit back and listen and talk some and just be.  However, it wasn’t until THIS week, when we were back home in Quito, going through our daily tasks, for me, I was washing the dishes and wondering about this song.  So, I listened to it again and again.  The main themes I pulled from this song,

 

And I could hold on
I could hold on to who I am and never let You
Change me from the inside

AND

But You have called me higher
You have called me deeper
And I’ll go where You will lead me Lord
You have called me higher
You have called me deeper
And I’ll go where You lead me Lord
Where You lead me
Where You lead me Lord

 

I really felt like God spoke to me through this song.  It doesn’t matter what I have sacrificed to be where I am, God is calling me to go DEEPER with Him.  He wants more and although I may not like that always, that is what He wants.  He wants more OF me and more FROM me!  He isn’t satisfied with mediocre and I shouldn’t be either.  It doesn’t matter that I’m tired and that I’ve sacrificed.  Jesus did too!  He understands that, but calls me to more!

Here are some of the verses that this song is based around.  It was interesting to me when I read this that the 2nd verse, from Isaiah 6 is the passage that God called me with to full time missionary service.  It holds a special place in my heart and again, God is using it to mold me and direct my life.

Psalm 119:105: “Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.”

Isaiah 6:8: “Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us? Then I said ‘Here am I. Send me!'”

Hebrews 11:8: “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.”

In what ways, like Abraham am I heading out, not knowing where I’m going?  How am I going deeper and higher and allowing Him to change me from the inside?  Well, some days, if I’m honest, I’m not!   I really don’t bring a whole lot, if anything to the table between God and I.  The great thing is He doesn’t ask me to.  He asks me to have the faith to trust that HE has it all under control, not ME!  I’m nothing, but if I come, come to HIm and allow HIM to change me and guide me and call me, we together can go deeper!  I pray that for all of you today!

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Happy Birthday Simeon!

Earlier this month, Simeon turned 7 years old.  We had a big party for him in which all we did the whole time is play soccer like he wanted to.  Here are a bunch pictures from the party as well as a few from earlier in the year.  Happy Birthday Simeon!

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Indiana Wesleyan Serves Cayambe

This past week we hosted our first team of Occupational Therapy Students from Indiana Wesleyan University. It was an incredible experience for us, the team as well as those whom we spent time with this week. We helped the student team connect with a local school in Cayambe for kids with special needs as well as the Movement for Disabled Persons in the Cayambe area. We thoroughly enjoyed hosting our first team of OT students with hopefully many more in the future.

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Thanks Natasha!

This past week we hosted a visit from Natasha Westerhoud, our friend, a pastor, a Santiago Partnership Board member and one of the heads of Ecuador missions for the ECC Canada.  It was a lot of fun and a real encouragement to have her with us.  She was able to participate in counseling in San Antonio de la Pachka, a medical caravan with Kim, an Ecuadorian Birthday party, a visit to the project in Cayambe where she turned in donations from her church, a trip to Otavalo to purchase items to resell for the SP, a church visit to a church she last visited 10 years ago on her first trip to Ecuador and the opportunity to celebrate “carnaval” in the park with friends.  I think she had some fun and we had a lot of fun spending the week with her.

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Ecuador Elections

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Shortly after seeing the U.S. elect a new president and then in January our denomination here, IPEE or the Covenant Church of Ecuador, now we are seeing a new president elected for the country of Ecuador.  On February 19th, we had our national elections and were electing a new president after three terms with a president, Rafael Correa, who has brought a lot of economic stability to the country.  There was a lot of uncertainty with the election and the days following.  We are a smaller developing country who went through a lot times of economic and political instability in the 90’s and 2000’s.  The current president has had us more on the right track even though the low oil prices have thrown us into a recession.  It looks like we’ll be having a second day of voting in April between the two candidates who received the most votes as no one received the necessary 40% needed to win.  Please be praying for Ecuador and these elections as we are going through a time of great instability.  Read more here:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/ecuador-electoral-body-formally-orders-presidential-runoff/article34116584/

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