The Master’s Mission invites you and your family to come and see firsthand how we are preparing and equipping missionaries for cross-cultural ministries. We will introduce you to our training program – Bible class, heavy construction/mill work (dams, airstrips, drafting, timber harvesting, bush driving), auto mechanics, building construction, community planning and development (water systems, animal husbandry, food storage) – and will discuss mission opportunities that will excite and encourage you and your church!
An Update from Ecuador:
Dear friends and family,
It has been a very long time since we have written and quite a few things have happened over the last few months.
- In May, I (Kevin) was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. We are glad it was nothing worse. We spent lots of time in doctor’s offices and getting poked and prodded and doing ultrasounds and other tests. The doctors made me change my diet, eating habits and to try to lower the stress. So this past summer, we made many changes, the biggest of which was to move out to our country property outside of town. We are grateful that I am starting to feel better and the constant side and back pain have gone away for the most part. We are also grateful that the move has been so good for our family in so many ways. We have enjoyed clearing the land and planting good things like peanuts, rice, plantains, yucca (manioc?) and other things that I don’t know the word for in English. We have made the house more livable little by little, and it already feels like home. I can honestly say that being sick has been a huge blessing because God has taught us many lessons through this time, the main one being to stick close to Him not matter what.
- We took 3 months off from baseball due to my illness and summer vacation here. We started up again 2 weeks ago and have more than 60 boys and girls in 3 different towns.
- The boys and I took one day hiking and camping trip into the mountains with a friend of mine who is a jungle guide. It was an experience we will never forget. We went fishing, killed a couple of poisonous snakes, ate ants, and learned about medicinal plants found in the wild.
- Beka and the kids started school a few weeks ago. It’s a little more challenging since we don’t have internet, but we come into town a couple of times a week for the boys to be able to take a couple of their classes online.
- I continue pastoring in our tiny Baptist Church here in Archidona. We have around 70 attendees each week. I am grateful for the opportunities to teach God’s Word and trying to raise up more leaders in the church. We are also doing a home Bible study in San Pablo, a small town near us. It’s been fun to start in Genesis and be able to explain why the world is the way it is today. I have also enjoyed seeing and teaching that God has used broken and sinful men and women like you and I since the Fall and He grows His Kingdom through us in spite of ourselves. What an awesome God we have and I am in awe that the Gospel is so powerful that we teach it and minds and lives are changed.
- The last bit of news should be preceded by a drumroll…..Beka is expecting number 6. Yes, this came as a bit of a surprise…OK, it was a very big surprise. We know that God is control and that “children are a blessing” from the Lord. She is radiant as ever and looks beautiful with the baby bump….actually it is bigger than a bump now. She is due at the end of November. Prayer for a healthy pregnancy and delivery.
Thank you for your prayers and support.
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