First Video Blog
Jan26

First Video Blog

S0rry for the wind.  This is our first try at video blogging.  We wanted to make sure you could see the beautiful city we live in.  Enjoy!...

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Happenings in Extreme
Dec07

Happenings in Extreme

As you heard in our last blog  post there are some wonderful things that have been happening in Ambato with the church  there.  The team of 40/40’s who began that church in Ambato  are currently in the final steps of transferring leadership and making sure that the church in Ambato has the right leaders in the right places to continue their growth. The group that has been there for over two years is set to leave in February. The three Ecuadorian members of the team have committed to another two years joining the mobilization team finding other South Americans to go and plant churches as 40/40 missionaries. The four Americans also have decided to sign another two year contract and are all joining the mobilization team in Idaho. They will be responsible for finding other 40/40 Americans that are wanting to join the mission. Our team in Ibarra, Ecuador is still on the front end of their work and the devil has been not making it easy. We  just had a member get surgery here in Quito to remove an apple sized  growth from his neck. Next week we should find out more of the extent.  Please keep him in your prayers and his family as he is receiving medical care here in Ecuador. We have made good friends with the leaders of the new group  that will be going to Cordoba, Argentina. Their whole team will be arriving January 8th here in Quito. The American team will be studying Spanish and the group of Argentinians will be here studying in the seminary classes. It is a very exciting time for Extreme as they are expanding the first group into Argentina.  Please also keep in your prayers for the church in Ambato as construction has been stopped due to some red tape. In our lives we are entering into the last week of Spanish classes and very excited to be getting ready to put what we have learned into  more practice  in our jobs.  We have a break in December and are looking forward to celebrating our first Christmas abroad as well as getting to know Ecuador a little bit...

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Miracles, Turkey and More from Ambato, Ecuador
Dec01

Miracles, Turkey and More from Ambato, Ecuador

Church in Ambato Krista making gravy Breaking Boards Prayer time before church Some Extreme Family “Money” “Anxiety” “Open Door” TURKEY! This Thanksgiving we were blessed to get to know a group of short term missionaries from Colorado, North Dakota and New York.  We spent the morning in prayer and preparation.  This was a wonderful experience to receive a message in English and to be able to worship without having to translate in our heads. In the afternoon, we split into two groups.  Justin and I went to a local public hospital where we handed out drinks, popcorn, prayer, hugs and more.  It was a huge step for myself to go out and approach total strangers while speaking Spanish.  For both of us, everything was changed just by seeing those people eager and wanting to be prayed for.  It was also amazing to be with both short term missionaries, 40/40 missionaries and local leaders from the church who were new believers themselves, all who were more than willing to step outside their comfort zones, strike up conversations with total strangers and ask questions such as “can I pray for you.”  We ran out of cups and bags of popcorn pretty quickly, but there seemed to be an endless supply of people who were eager to receive God’s message of love. That night, we had a wonderful turkey dinner.  It had everything that we have had in the states and was prepared by the local cluster coordinator in Ambato as well as some locals.  On Saturday, we were able to be a part of another ministry in which we went to a local park and university and spread the message that God could break through our sins, problems and addictions.  For our illustration we had boards that people could break (karate style) with their fists.  Before they stepped up to break the boards, we would have conversations about things in their life they wanted God to help them get rid of and how only God could help us do this.  If they wanted to continue with this they could take a board and write on it what they wanted out of their lives.  Being able to share God and my testimony in Spanish was a huge step and realization for both of us how far we have come in learning the language. Though our prayers were short, it meant so much to be able to pray for others in their own language. Examples of things written on the signs included: money, drugs, alcohol, fear, lack of faith, relational problems and more.  I have no idea the amount of people we prayed for...

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