Category: Ministry Story

Ministry Story: An Invitation To Visit

 

Visiting the mission that you support does a world of good, both for you and for your brethren. Today’s podcast comes with an invitation so make sure you listen to the whole episode!

 

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Ministry Story: Traditions & Eternal Value

Sometimes we are guilty of throwing away tradition in favor of all things new. Other times we elevate our traditions way beyond their value. It can easily seem like some traditions become idols.

Can we hold our traditions and still offer something of eternal value? Absolutely, today’s ministry story is about a church that is doing just that. Click play to be introduced to the Mount of Olives congregation. A Church of God located in the foothills of the Cayambe volcano.

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Ministry Story: The Good Father

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A good father leading his children in song.

 

During a recent worship experience in Quito a father lead his children to the front of the sanctuary to testify about how God had changed his life through the Church. After sharing a passionate story of loss and redemption with the congregation this father lead his children in a song to honor our Heavenly Father and edify the church.

The actions of this good Father were stirring. He reminded us of the importance of a father who authentically leads his family. This good father did not try to hide the way he was pre-Christ, he did not revel in his past but for him it was important for his kids to hear about his touring point.

The song this beautiful family sang was a joyful praise to the God that saved them!

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A Tale Of Two Rivers

In the seventh chapter of John’s Gospel, Jesus invites all who are thirsty to come to him and drink and he promises that everyone who accepts his invitation will see rivers of life flowing from them. Today we invite you to listen to a story of two rivers.

Gloria’s story is certainly encouraging.  Even more encouraging; there are many more people who could have stories like Gloria’s, if the waters from the river of life reach them in time.

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Ministry Story: Holy Week

What do old Roman military funeral rituals and people in purple robes and pointed hats have to do with Easter? Listen to today’s Ministry Story and find out!B6A131F7-7A42-45D8-B469-55A4B183D483

 

 

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Click here if you want to learn more about Catholic Syncretism!

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Ministry Story: Celebrate

April is a month of celebration! Adelena turns two this month, the Santa Clara and El Carmen churches celebrate their Aniversarios and Resurrection Sunday is here! Today’s podcast speaks of celebration.

 

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Ministry Story: Preaching and Prayer

The Word of God changes lives! How important is it to pray for your missionaries as they share God’s word? VERY IMPORTANT! Today’s ministry story is about your effective prayers in our ministry. We can’t do this without you and your prayers are very important in the success of our ministry.

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Ministry Story: Children of Promise

Today’s ministry story is an ongoing story. Karen Lambert served as the national director for the Children of Promise in Ecuador for over 20 years. She and her husband Jon now serve as missionaries with Caring Partners International. Before she left Ecuador Karen handed the Directorship over to Angelita.

Click here to check out their ministry.

We currently have over 100 kids in the program who have hope for a brighter future because someone in the United States sponsors them.

To learn more about sponsoring a Child of Promise please click here.

With much love,

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Our latest podcast episode 23: Obedience seems to be getting a lot of listens. Click here so you can listen too!

Ministry Story: No Earthly Pastor

 

F99AD287-8C6E-4178-A551-70863CAE3CB8What do you do if you your church has no pastor? Well if you are in Quevedo you continue in ministry because every Christian is called to follow Christ. For some time now the Quevedo church has been operating without a pastor. How does that work? Well Christ is the head of the church and he gives us each a part of his mission. 

He weaves each believer into the beautiful tapestry of the church. So much so that human leadership of church is somewhat over rated.  

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Under the leadership of Christ and through the power of the Holy Spirit the Quevedo Church is reaching out to the community around them and inviting whosoever will to become followers of Christ. This week they ministered to over 50 kids in their neighborhood!

They are truly living the prayer found in Hebrews chapter 13. 

Now may the God of peace who by the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead the great shepherd of the sheep, our Lord Jesus Christ, equip you with every good thing to do his will, working in us what is pleasing before him through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever.

-Heb 13:20-21

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