Miracles, Turkey and More from Ambato, Ecuador
Dec01

Miracles, Turkey and More from Ambato, Ecuador

“Money” “Open Door” Breaking Boards Krista making gravy Some Extreme Family TURKEY! Prayer time before church Church in Ambato “Anxiety” 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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