Avilés Family (Josy on the far left)
ICW “El Faro” (Lighthouse)—We had a great service on Sunday with good attendance in the Bible Class studying The Purpose Driven Life, and 72 in attendance in worship. Singing was vibrant and the message on “Leaving your past behind” was met with unusually rapt attention. At the close, one teen came forward to accept Christ. When I asked the young lady what she needed from the Lord, she said, “I have been raised in a Christian family and have always been in church, but I have never taken the step of accepting Christ into my life personally.” Carla Campoverde led in a prayer for salvation and Josy’s parents, Danilo and Elizabeth Aviles were invited by Tom to join their daughter.
New Bible study launches this week--There is a new ladies’ Bible study starting this Thursday, led by Lydia. This is focused on women who have kids in school in the morning and/or who work only at home.
JIBACAM—The missionary board for Latin America is called JIBACAM. They will be holding their conference in Medellin, Colombia on October 3-7. Representatives from Ecuador will be Pastor Juan Carlos Cruz and wife, Diana along with Tom Hines. This will be a great opportunity for Juan Carlos and Diana to meet other Wesleyan leaders from around Latin America.
RMC—Now the “Lighthouse”, the Racar Ministry Center building is coming along slowly but steadily. This week the contractors are to begin sheeting the roof. This will be a great step toward the building becoming functional. Water filtration has kept the second floor from being used up until now. Pray for safety as well as good progress for our work crews.
Correctional Center—A new ministry started two weeks ago in Cuenca’s juvenile correctional center by a new ICW convert has produced seven new salvations. I joked with Paco (the leader) and asked him if the seven he reported were the same one’s that had accepted last week! He assured me there were five the week before and seven different guys this last week, bringing the total to 12. This brings our total of new salvations to 51 since I challenged the church to evangelize back in May of this year. PTL!