Within about a week or so we had ventured all over Quito buying household goods and beds for what is now the 4040 House on the NMI Work and Witness grounds (thanks John Fischer and Dwight Rich!). The house and grounds are very peaceful and beautiful! Yoan and Astrid Camacarro, our pastor family, is also living here in a casita and so we have really been able to spend some important time with them sharing meals, praying for our team that will be arriving in August, and working on strategies for ministry and team structure.
The Work and Witness House and neighborhood that will serve as the 4040 House for our team and all other teams training in Quito.
Our first weekend we traveled with Yoan, Astrid and their 8 month old boy Yared to Otavalo and Gualsaqui because Yoan had been invited to preach to the Gualsaqui Church. This town of Otavalo is similar to Ibarra, though we have not yet been to Ibarra (we are planning our trip right now). The community of Gualsaqui is about 20-30 minutes outside of Otavalo via a very rustic and dusty road. We took a city bus from the hostel where we slept the night before and then hired a local pick-up truck to take us all up the mountain as it is rough for taxis. We have a clip of the truck ride below as well as a clip of the beautiful special music the women presented that Sunday. It was such a wonderful Sabbath praising God with these believers. Last Sunday we went to another new community church in Quito that has about 10 people and is growing. It is such a blessing to worship with believers from all over the world. Such a rare treat...
Right now we are feeling pretty settled in here for the time being. We are helping teach and cook for the current 40 days group of 10 young men and women and planning to visit Ambato this next weekend to see the Ambato Cluster and their developing church plant as well as nail down some financial details and plans for the Ibarra church plant. Monday we are accompanying the 40 days group to "La Mitad del Mundo", the equatorial center of the earth, then later visiting Shell, Ecuador with them as well (which is the site of the End of the Spear events). We have a lot going right now even as we wait and pray on our teams arrival and the super cool blessing being that even as we have given much up to be here, our cup overflows.
I would ask special prayer for our team as they are fundraising in their communities. In addition, we really need 1 or 2 more North American males to join our team. This need is quite urgent as time is short for planning, fundraising and the Visa process. It would be an amazing blessing to receive a young man that already speaks Spanish as he would not be required to be to the field until November for training in Colombia right before our deployment to Ibarra. Please pray for God's call on exactly the right young men and women and that they would be faithful to say "Yes, Here I am Send Me". We as a church, are in desperate need of men who are willing to stand up and lead.
Lastly, Love Extreme Peru 2013 is underway and the short term volunteers are rolling in tomorrow in Arequipa, Peru! Pray for this amazing opportunity to expand the kingdom of God! The harvest is plentiful!!!
We Love and appreciate you who support us through your prayers, encouragement and funding. We are so blessed to be serving God in this way...we hope some of you will be able to join us at some point and share the experience as well!
Grace and Peace,
The Williams Family