January 2023

Ministry in New York

I had thought our ministry with the Quichua communities had ended. Yesterday I received a call from New York. Who? Segundo Puculpala who lived one hour south of Riobamba in a community called Santa Julia. We worked with him and his communities for several years. He has migrated to New York area. In Queens he is now pastoring a church of Ecuadorian immigrants. His call was for pastoral help. Three couples in his church are living together with children, but are not married. Can/should they be leaders in the church? We talked for two hours. He may be in New York, but he still seeks us for help. Our ministry with the Quichua may not be over. It simply moved to New York.

Fools for Christ


Somebody's got to do it …
1. but it ain't gonna be me.
2. So I'll do it.
Two different attitudes toward community needs.
"Let us not become weary of doing good. For at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." Gal. 6:9
Here in Ecuador lies a fine line between being a servant and being a fool. If you do community service you may well be seen as a fool. Most people say, "That's not my job."
This week they paved the road in front of our house. The side road needed repairs. As a result they left a huge pile of rock and dirt in the middle of the side road.
My goal is to serve the neighborhood and thus get to know the people better. I'm convinced people want to see the Christian life in action. So with the help of Jorge, who lives with us, we backed my pickup truck up to the pile and began to shovel the rocks and dirt into the truck. Two neighbors came out to help. It took two loads to clean up the road.
Am I a servant of Christ or a fool?
Jesus came to serve, not to be served. Mk 10:45
I pray the neighbors will see Christ in me.

Finishing up ? in Riobamba


After three and a half years as Administrator of the apartment building in Riobamba, we held a General Assembly to elect a new administrator and treasurer. The photo shows that our apartment is now empty and ready for sale. We are called to serve, and I did so eagerly for several years. I was disappointed that no one volunteered to be the new administrator. Few are willing to serve. So we had to draw lots for the new administrator and treasurer. I'm not sure that's going to work, but that's what the majority decided. I'm convinced the newly elected are going to want some help. So I plan to continue to serve as long as I can. I guess I haven't finished yet in Riobamba.

Mark 10:45

Happy Birthday!


We started the New Year with Faby's birthday. We pray for her good health and many more years of serving the Lord together.