Our family traveled up to Ibarra to be with the team with the idea that they really needed us to just get there and start dealing with the housing issue, take care of the weekly finances, food, transport...all the daily logistics of the team so they could focus on making contacts, finding a location for the church, and developing each of their individual ministry responsibilities. Meanwhile, right around the time all of this was happening, the developing Manta team was having some set-backs of its own. A confirmed 4040 dropped out, leaving the team too small to deploy on-time. The decision was made to combine the Manta and Ibarra clusters to form a complete team of 10. So our team will be welcoming 3-4 additional young men in May after they finish up language training in Quito. This however left the Manta Cluster Coordinators without a cluster. All things considered, in light of Reese's new medical concern and need for care that is unavailable in Ibarra, our family has stepped down from the Cluster Coordinator position for the city of Ibarra and the Strunk family will be replacing us. We will continue to serve in Quito with the Extreme headquarters office over the next months.
There is nothing about this Jesus Adventure of ours that has been predictable. This marathon we are running sure feels like a relay at times... in one moment we receive the baton and in another we are passing it on.
We are humble co-workers in God's service, taking no credit for anything that is meant to bring glory to God alone. We each are assigned to a task... Each step along this path, we have felt God's guidance, encouragement and strength carrying us through and it has been a more blessed adventure than I could have possibly imagined...and more unexpected bits than I might have been prepared for, but in all things I trust in Christ. I trust where he has lead our family. I trust in Him alone for what is to come.
We look forward to this next chapter in our missionary journey and will keep you all posted about the details of our new roles and opportunities there may be to continue supporting the church planting effort with us in Ibarra, Quito and Ambato, Ecuador. Just around the corner is Love Extreme taking place in both Ambato and Ibarra in July of this year and later in October the church building project is planned for the Ambato church plant.
We appreciate your support and prayers as always. Please keep Reese in your prayers as we continue to watch over and care for her precious little self. Please also continue praying for the city of Ibarra and the team of Extreme missionaries carrying the torch there.
Grace and Peace,
The Williams Family