Ferry's In The Jungle

Ferry's In The Jungle
1 Peter 1:22b "Love one another deeply, from the heart."

Sunday, February 23, 2020

We'd like to introduce to you...

Our new team-mates, Jonathan and Bekah Pifer (and Baby James!)

We met Jonathan and Bekah in 2016 and have collaborated on other projects over the years. Last year Jonathan and Bekah were seeking God's direction for a new full-time ministry partnership here in Shell. After discussions with their mission, their pastors and other wise counselors they decided to join the Alteco/Three Waves Movement team!

We have so much in common with Jonathan and Bekah as we desire to serve in a way that empowers the indigenous peoples of Ecuador to further the gospel in the Amazon. We also share the common goal to be catalytic towards more cooperation amongst missionaries, the local church and the indigenous church to spread the gospel into the Amazon. 

Years ago, when we took on the role of Country Coordinators for Alteco/The Three Waves Movement, we knew the responsibilities were too much for just one couple. We were always meant to create an in-country team. After almost 5 years in Ecuador we are thrilled to have a couple full-time by our side. Already we are thankful for their wisdom, experience and energy. 

Please join us in praying for us to have wisdom as we move forward in this new partnership and asking the Lord to guard our team relationships. Please pray we will honor the Lord with our motivations and actions. 

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

A Time For Everything...Ends and Beginnings

Our little church home, Iglesia Emmanuel, has closed. We've waited to even type these words and openly communicate about this end. You see, our hearts were tender in the transition as any end comes with questions, grief and the need for time to process. 

Our family camped out in the truth from Ecclesiastes 3 - There is a time for everything; a time for death and a time for new life. We prayed with our dear friend, the pastor, from our small tribal church about closing the church doors. We cried with him, waited with him and ultimately agreed with him when the church life ended. 

As you can imagine we were a bit overwhelmed after 3 years serving with the members of Iglesia Emmanuel - to all of the sudden be searching for a new home. But man-oh-man did God show up in this journey! We visited new churches and shook new hands. We prayed together as a family and finally settled on our new church home, Kairos Baptist Church. 

Prayer time for our new pastor at Kairos
This decision was made for many reasons (i.e. our teen girlies had to sign off on our new home!) but ultimately our decision was made because of the church's slogan, "Somos una iglesia misionera." ("We are a missions church.") This may be a common statement in the US church but here in Ecuador the local church is just beginning to engage in missions and thinking outside of their chapel doors; seeing local needs and desiring to be the hands and feet of Christ. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to come alongside this church leadership in a servant leadership role - cheering them on, coaching, and being a faithful presence as they own their role more and more. What an encouragement.

We've also heard many times that the church's desires to build unity in the Body of Christ - to cooperate amongst churches and denominations. This, as you know, is a drum we beat often and look forward to the opportunity to be catalytic to see this desire lived out in day-to-day realities. 

Our little church - beautiful and simple

Leaving our little church - tin roof, wooden benches - and joining the Kairos family - electric guitar, projector, beautiful sanctuary (pictured above) - has been a major shift. But we march forward, hopeful and expectant because we know He who leads us is faithful to provide and work, in and through us, every step of the way.