Greetings from the Muses in Ecuador!
We have stayed busy since January of this year training four different groups of church planters. The fruit from these efforts is slowly beginning to show as the "70" who have been in training have reported 50 new house churches planted.
I wish you could hear some of their amazing stories. Last week, Martha, shared with me that she never dreamed God would use her as He has the past few weeks. Martha is a poor woman who cannot read, but has a big heart for the lost. Twice a week she has between 20-25 who meet in the patio area of a house. Nearly all have accepted Jesus, and are being discipled by her and two other women who come over to help.
Starting 50 churches in four months has not been all fun and games. The Enemy has been in full swing trying to discourage, distract, and divide the new works. I wrote a bit about some of the challenges faced by those emerging church plants in my blog post Church Planting is Messy. Thank you for your prayers for these saints as they continue to persevere, often in the face of tremendous personal suffering and persecution. For those who are a bit more interested in the process we use for training, check out another recent blog post entitled CPM.
In February my brother-in-law Edwin and I were invited to the Galapagos Islands to train a small group of believers there so that they could have their own church. We baptized the first believers and these in turn were left as the leaders of the new church start. They have already doubled in size since we were there in February! Photos of the trip (and side trips!) can be seen here.
Linda has begun teaching English to young prospective Ecuadorian youth looking to serve the Lord as cross-cultural missionaries. This is a new and exciting day as God is calling out the youth of Ecuador to take the Gospel to the ends of the earth.
May 15, Linda, Anna and myself will be flying up to Texas for our son Joshua's high school graduation. He has been living with my mom and dad in Seguin, TX since last Fall. We are very proud of him and looking forward to this 3-week visit with him and the family there in Texas.
1) continued love for the people of Ecuador
2) beseech the Lord of the Harvest for laborers
3) safety and health
4) our son's future as he seeks a summer job and college in the Fall
5) wisdom from the Father in How long do we continue to stay?
Thank you for your faithful praying.
One of my favorite quotes, "Things happen when we pray, that don't happen when we don't pray."
Guy, Linda, Josh, and Anna Muse
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