Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Meeting in the new building: The ICW congregation is now meeting in the new RMC building for worship, weather permitting. We are in the coldest months of winter right now so we still have to go back to the tent on the coldest Sundays.

Discipleship group: Our ICW disciples are continuing to meet each week. Winter vacation time (like your “summer slump”) has affected us, but not severely. We are just three weeks out from completing the first set of classes. Testimonies have been good and our people are growing. Pray for us as we observe this group and look for future leadership potential among them.

Missionary/National Leaders Meetings: We were privileged last week to have our area director, Jarvis Ferguson with us. Also, Jim and Lori Rice and Isaac Thompson (missionary appointees), along with Pastor Derek Atkinson and layman Carey Johnson of the Lawrence, Kansas Wesleyan Church were here. We spent several days in Cuenca, holding meetings with our present missionary team. Time was spent in orientation activities for our missionary appointees. We also worked on steps to strategic planning for our four-family missionary team of the future. Last Thursday evening, we all met with our Guayaquil pastors and Bible institute students for dinner and a time of getting acquainted. Jarvis Ferguson shared a short devotional on the leadership principles of King David. The meeting closed with a good time of prayer.

Women’s Prison: Lydia is coordinating the launching of a new ministry in the women’s prison here in Cuenca. Please pray for her team of ladies and their training which will take place Aug 27-29. That weekend will the kick-off event at the prison also.

RMC construction: Work has been on hold at the RMC due to a lack of funding, but is scheduled to resume Aug 17.

Women’s outreach book study: Sheree Wuertz is close to finishing a book study with her women’s group. God has been using this study to draw many women into a better understanding of God and also of themselves. Pray for lasting fruit from these studies.

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