In our April/May PrayerNewsletter Update we shared of our return to the U.S.A. in June. For the past 35 years, we have lived and served God as missionaries in Ecuador. We feel the time has come to leave Ecuador and return to the United States. Though we both turn 65 this year, we are not retiring, but transitioning into a new phase of work and ministry. For more than a year now Linda and I have been talking, praying and seeking the Lord’s will as to what he would have us do next.
There is a strong sense of God leading us to continue the mission we have been on for many years now but to pursue it from a mobilization focus.
What is mobilization? Our friend, Donya Kesler once explained it this way,
“Mobilization… involves helping a person focus their vision, and get what it is they need, to go where that call is leading them. Mobilization involves everything from training to counseling, to help with finding sources of funding and everything in between.”
This definition fits our gifting and vision for reaching Ecuador and the nations. As a couple we can do only so much as field missionaries. The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few…We need more workers serving not only in Ecuador, but everywhere God would lead.
The way we envision this happening and our own personal involvement is to set up a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization called “Mobilizing E2A” (Mobilizing Everywhere To Anywhere). Mobilizing God’s people everywhere to go anywhere God is calling them.
Our role in mobilizing “everywhere to anywhere” involves two fronts:
1) Mobilizing U.S.A. partners to engage the yet unreached regions, towns, cities in Ecuador; and
2) Mobilizing God-called Ecuadorians to wherever in the world the Lord is leading them.
The recent house purchase here in El Matal fits perfectly with facilitating these two objectives. Besides serving local needs and a center for evangelistic outreach on the north coast, we now have the space and resources for training missionary candidates headed to the nations. Our years of partnering with Impacto Mundial (Ecuador’s global missions sending agency) have led to a strong alliance built around the conviction that we must do whatever it takes to get those God is calling to where He is leading them.
Once we are back in the States we will begin the process of setting up the new non-profit 501c3 “Mobilizing E2A”. When this has been accomplished, we would invite any who feel led of the Lord to do so, to begin sending gifts and donations to the new non-profit. We will continue as missionaries with Shepherd’s Staff through December 31, 2021 at which time our relationship with this wonderful missions organization will come to an end and we will fully transition over to the new non-profit.
Finally, we do ask you to pray for us. It is not easy for us to leave “home” to return to the U.S.A. Guy has lived a total of 46 years overseas. Moving back to the States is a step of faith for us. When we moved to El Matal three years ago, we had no idea all the Father had in store in bringing us here. We now again take a new step of faith trusting Him to lead step by step in this new chapter of our lives.
From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for your faithful support over the years through your praying and giving, making it possible for us to live out our call in this beautiful country. We believe God is not yet through with us in our work in Ecuador, but it is time for a change.
Our departure date from Ecuador back to Texas is June 15. We hope to see many of you in the weeks and months ahead!
Guy and Linda Muse