April 19, 2018
Dear and treasured Family of Friends,
First and foremost, Richard, I and our FYTA Board want you to know how deeply appreciative we are for your prayers and extra financial support these last two months. Our budget has been significantly revived. There are not sufficient thanks. December is usually a blessed time, financially; it was not this last year. Then, we experienced unusual costs with the water production . . . actually, a fine that occurred when we were not there, then one of the guys had an accident with the car. . . And not to belabor the costly issues, we are taking a hard look at the need for one of us to be down there consistently. We are committing this to prayer.
I am ‘home’ as of yesterday. . . Exactly where is ‘home’? Is it where you want to be or where you need to be? I never really thought about that until flying home yesterday. The 32 days in Ecuador were a major challenge for me. Since Richard was home to do our American ‘income tax duty’ and a long list of other home “To Do’s”, I ‘inherited’ being Richard’s informant for the workings of the water production.
However, no need to ‘inform’ . . . Paul, who is one of the fabulous four is an informer. He is a serious young man who believes in putting in a hard day’s work. Paul and I became acquainted about 15 years ago when he’d peek into the clinic (before it ever opened) and we’d send Paul for COLD cokes throughout the day. So, Paul shared unsolicited concerns about water production productivity.
Our sewing class was my total delight! I usually stopped in to see how they were doing each morning. . . as I neared the door it sounded like a bee hive. They made my day just hearing their chatter and laughter. The 47 yards of unbleached silk was donated by a church member. This material ended up being their first sewing project – to make a skirt – and I do mean ‘professionally’ to any of you seamstresses. The Serger sewing machine that Candy Choi donated made every raw edge ‘bound and beautiful’! Maria Angelica and I hope to have another class possibly next January.
The completion of the sewing class and kids returning to school the handicapped/Seniors program will resume April 25th. We have talked about several people, so we are hoping for a better turnout.
This weekend is our World Outreach Missions Weekend at our church and then Richard will head for Ecuador.
Please keep us in your prayers for:
*Multiple thanksgivings to God for the prayers and donations of those who brought us back to a humble but stable budget.
*Richard’s safe travel back to Floron and his health.
*Dra. Silvia’s health and pending surgery.
*Wisdom in working, training and guiding the young water men. May the shackles of poverty and lack of education be removed.
We cannot thank you enough for your support. You are the unseen blessings that makes Jesus love, peace and compassion move forward and obedience to Proverbs 31:8 & 9: “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”
Dios los bendiga,
Elizabeth, Richard and FYTA Board