We have thanked God throughout these past months for those of you who have been praying for us. It is humbling to realize that God knits our hearts and how the body of Christ shares both joys and sorrows together.
It has been a rough few months. We have left our Lasso property because of the pending volcano eruption and now temporarily reside full time in Quito. This has meant a lot of adjusting emotionally and physically. We are continuing with His plan and pouring ourselves into the work in Quito as well as the work of holding training conferences for pastors and leaders - now it just means the inconvenience of finding locations for this (since the Center in Lasso is unusable right now). We now watch the Cotopaxi ash plumes from an apartment window in Quito, a safe distance away, which is both comforting and heartbreaking all at the same time.
Cotopaxi continues to churn and boil inside, although there are conflicting reports coming from government and volcanologists as to the outcome. We are choosing to err on the safe side and only make short visits to Lasso during the day about once a week. Our precious caretakers, Juan and Maria, are (like most indigenous farmers there) staying with their property and trusting God that they will have time to get out should there be an eruption. Please pray for the thousands that see this as their only choice.
There have been many more difficult trials in these past months...the most recent being that our youngest daughter was just diagnosed with cancer and will most likely undergo treatment in the next weeks. We will head up to Chicago to help them once a scan is scheduled. Please pray with us for sweet Charin and her family.
"Send me your light and your faithful care, let them lead me;
let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell." Ps 43:3
He has faithfully brought us to His holy mountain, to the place where He dwells, as we have walked through these hardships. We continue to share the good news of the gospel with all who will listen. We are constantly reminded, as we share this good news, that God has already done the greatest work that we could ask for here on earth - forgiven and removed our sin that would keep us from communion with Him. Because of that alone we can rejoice in His goodness.
We ask for your continued prayer as we keep our feet rooted in Him and our hearts anchored in His faithfulness.
Steve and Sandi