Thank you everyone for this time of patience. We are faced with such a time of growth in our own faith as we continue to climb these uphill challenges that keep being presented. Dont worry, wont get into that any further, I would love to stop on that negative note as this entry is about the outcomes and how blessed we are. We would also like to take the time and explain a little bit about Ecuador to those who may not be as familiar with the country. And hopefully, without getting to wordy, for those who like these updates on the shorter end, this entry will be concluded with AMAZING news about our family.
I would first love to thank all of you for keeping us in your prayers. Kelvin just finished one of his last long trips from the capital city, Quito. Kelvin was allowed a visa for a time period while his residency is in process. Once the lawyer has finished this process, Kelvin and Kelly will make one more trip back to the capital city to receive their residency so they will not have to exit the country again unless they want to.
Thank you Lord for progress…
Let’s take a look at this beautiful country we live in. Recently we have had many opportunities to get to know new people from this Jungle region. We also have family on Monica’s side that is from the coast, which is on the other side of the Andes Mountains. While asking a lot of questions, we have such a mixture of responses on how Ecuador as a country is doing.
When we talk with Ecuadorians about the country, many agree that with Ecuador’s new president Rafael Correa, there have been huge advances in development in this country. Most feel for once he has the Ecuadorian people in his heart and really wants to improve the country and not just his own bank account. But then there are a few that just feel he is doing these improvements for other reasons.
Even though there have been improvements to child poverty, this is still a huge problem. Like in any country that suffers with poverty, children are often affected the most. Everybody has heard the statistics, and honestly if that was a focus we could all “Google” the amount of children living below the poverty line. One huge problem with children living in poverty is that they (children) need to help the family survive forcing them to leave school and go to work. Fathers are not around as they are looking for work and if they find work they seldom return. Mothers will then remarry to help provide for the family and the step father has no time of day for the kids whom are not his own, which often causes abuse. Kids leave and try to defend for themselves and the cycle continues. We all know or have heard of these issues as they are in all countries.
While charities have been leaving this country, we feel that is the best time for us to be starting. We know the need will just continue to grow.
Ok, I promised not to get to wordy… Sorry
Real quick though, we have some amazing personal news. As we continue to grow in our faith and continue to grow in building relationships, we are also growing as a family. Our daughter Kelly will finally get to be a BIG sister. We will be having our second child around the month of April. Please keep us in prayer as having a child in another country does not often give you all the comforts you come to expect when giving birth in the states.
Thank you all for keeping us in prayer. Please keep in mind of our prayer requests and our needs coming up this year. We are so humbled by all the support that has allowed us to continue to do God’s work here and we know this full time ministry and future ministry is because of those who have invested in us to continue doing what God has directed us to.
Thank you for partnering with us in prayer!