Seriously. This time last year we were raising funds to buy a new car. We have another project. We now need an ark. It has rained NONSTOP for weeks. Our yard is completely devoid of grass, and as of Saturday last, is now completely under water. Our dogs have gone from being outside to being inside. Oliver and Chloe could care less, but Charlie is depressed. He lays in front of the door and looks longingly at it. He’s also gained about 10 pounds from the lack of exercise. The playground and soccer field at the school are perpetually squishy. We’ve flooded the entire pre-school area once already, and judging by the amount of rain that is falling as I speak, we need to get the mops out again. I am going to go completely off my nut if this keeps up.
On the ministry front, it’s team season! Our first team came in three weeks ago and spent the week building a soccer field for Peniel School out in Pifo. Ramiro Baez is the pastor of the church there, and he’s a longtime partner of Extreme Response. Ramiro is one of those guys that we just want everyone to meet. He has this contagious enthusiasm that just sweeps you up and makes you want to be a part of whatever is happening. Peniel started fifteen years ago with a day-care center that served 20-30 children in Pifo, which is a community about an hour outside of Quito. Today the school has over 400 kids Pre-school through grade 12. They are growing so fast that they routinely outgrow their building.
Last week Dan attended Leader Mundial (World Leader), a mentorship program that brings together pastors from all over the globe and mentors from the US who help them become better husbands, fathers and leaders in their communities. There were men there from the Philippines, South Africa, Tonga, Ivory Coast, Cuba, Ecuador, Canada, and the US. The program was started by Russ Cline, an ER missionary, who has a passion for helping leaders become better men of God all over the world.
The kids have started their final quarter of the school year, and Daniel is finished with his freshman year of college on April 28th. I have a very hard time believing that! We are not coming to the US this summer, as it is not a furlough year for us. Both girls are teaching English for the month of July, and Dan will be busy running teams all summer. We have a new missionary family arriving on August 13th-I’m looking forward to welcoming them to Ecuador! I’m also looking forward to being at home this summer and hopefully cleaning out closets and getting rid of some of the stuff we’ve accumulated.
Thank you for standing with us in this ministry. We are so blessed to call you friends!
17 The LORD your God is with you,
he is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
he will quiet you with his love,
he will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17