March 14, 2018
Dear Family and Friends,
As we begin to wing our way back home I wanted to follow up the last update with a few tidbits. With the February update letter a close friend commented that I sounded a little down . . . and I was. I just couldn’t see how we would barrel through ‘everything’. In my vivid imagination I could picture God nudging a few of His heavenly hosts and saying, “She needs another spiritual boost.” So, of course Drs. Charles Stanley (whom I avidly listen to each morning) and David Jeremiah spoke on topics that truly pierced my heart and made me smile, “How truly great Thou art.”
Thank you for your prayers regarding the ‘water boys’ whom Richard had a major heart to heart talk. Jose – who displays leadership qualities – is to act as ‘in charge’ whether Richard is there or not. Richard helped Jose set a few goals and to assign each of the other three young men a specific job responsibility; all four of them seem to walk with a little more purpose. Please keep praying for Jose. He had made the comment that he didn’t know if he could handle the new ‘position’. Pray for his confidence in himself and the power of the Holy Spirit. (By the way, Jose goes nightly to finish high school and is building a home for his wife and 9 month old “Izzie” whom he proudly brings by for his patronly pride and my joy. The three of them currently live with his mother in-law.)
Our handicapped program has been put on a two month ‘vacation’ along with school children who are on winter break. If you remember Hermano Silvino (84 and still threading his own needles.) requested two 7” x 7”looms and loops so he can continue weaving potholders over break. I was delighted at his enthusiasm. This gentleman is at intercessory prayer every Monday evening . . . on his knees along with the rest of us for an hour of prayer and supplication. He never misses the Tuesday and Thursday evening service; and of course, he attends Sunday morning’s 2.5 hour service. Richard and I admit this is a marathon for us!
What I wanted you to see is the first two weeks of our two months of professional sewing classes. Maria Angelica had these ‘beginners’ making a skirt the first week. This current week she will teach them how to sew a blouse, professionally. One day after class I drove her to her family’s humble home. I met her elderly parents, sister, daughter and her brother who makes the most impressive men’s suits . . . even tuxedos! Maria Angelica is such a gift from above. Most of her students are from the church and she has commented, “What a nice group of ladies!”
Maria Angelica and her students:
Carlos was home again from the police academy for a weekend. He proudly showed us cell phone videos of the opening ceremony in December. Currently, an eye infection has been running rampant through the 400 or so students. (Buen Samaritano has had many patients with this same virus that goes bacterial in some.) The other ‘plague’ among the academy students is a horrible dermatological condition brought about by the sand fly bite. Carlos said some have it all over their face and arms but the academy is not doling out medicine (just like the cancellation of food, provision of uniforms or the laundering of them). Thus, we had the name of the skin cream and eye medication…we sent him back PREPARED!!
Two dear friends have met us in Quito for the trip home. They also could fill two suitcases with 70#s each. We can’t ever express our appreciation for Cindy and Diane making this long, turnaround trip.
Richard will be staying home for a long needed ‘rest’ plus, income tax, yard work, etc. I will return to Ecuador Thursday or Friday and see the sewing class to the end and do some preparation for the upcoming medical mission the last week of September.
Please keep in your prayers:
*Thanksgiving for our staff that continues to ‘pull together’ including our young men in water production.
*Thanksgiving for safe travel for Cindy, Diane, Richard and I.
(We fly ‘standby’ and were able to catch almost all of our flights – first try! This can be tricky with universities on Spring Break.)
* Please continue to pray for the health of our Medical Director, Dr. Silvia Venegas.
*Continued prayer for adequate revenue to cover expenses.
*Pray all plans for the medical mission (team members, travel, villages in need)
Our sincere thanks for taking the time to read updates; pray for all aspects of “Yo Te Amo”; contribute by attending fundraisers; give us continual encouragement and to our supporters – YOU!
Adelante en Cristo, Amigos,
Richard and Elizabeth <><