All Things to All - January 2019
"I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.
I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.”
~ 1 Corinthians 9:22-23 ~
Cultural adaptation can be a difficult thing for missionaries. We must be willing to lay aside our known culture and adjust, within Biblical limits, to the culture of those whom we are trying to reach. In Acts 20:24, Paul said that he didn't consider his life to be valuable or precious to himself. Rather, his goal was to testify to the Gospel of the grace of God. In order to attain this goal, he had to willingly adapt and become “all things to all people.” As you pray for us, and as you pray for missions, pray that the Lord would help missionaries to willingly learn and adapt to the culture in which they are living.
As mentioned above, we spent a lot of time learning about culture. We were able to spend two days talking about evangelism and discipleship, followed by a week of focusing on culture and linguistic adaptation. Understanding culture and learning a language play a crucial part in evangelism and discipleship. If you don’t understand the language and culture, you could communicate in an offensive way, unintentionally creating barriers to the Gospel. We were provided with great tools to help us in this process. We will provide more details on this at a later time.We are so thankful for Biblical Ministries Worldwide and their emphasis on training and equipping missionaries for the field!
We also spent time developing a structured vision for Ecuador. The Lord gave us a productive time of planning, and through this time we developed the 4World Initiative. Part of this strategic plan includes the recruitment of additional team members. We are praying for God to add two more teams (4 family units) to our Ecuador team. Please pray with us towards this end! If you would like to read more about the 4World Initiative, please click HERE.
Last week we were able to spend time with our church family. We are always encouraged and the fellowship is refreshing. The Lord is doing great things there, and we praise the Him for their faithfulness! We are looking forward to the next few weeks. We will be visiting several supporting churches, as well as having new meetings. We are looking forward to building more relationships with those in our supporting churches and establishing new relationships in new places!
God has been gracious to provide a full schedule through the month of May. Please pray for wisdom as we continue scheduling for the remainder of 2019. For our full itinerary, please click HERE. Thank you so much for your continued prayers for us. For those who have been praying for Simon, he is still struggling with his car seat and with colic. Please pray that he would travel well, and that God’s sustaining grace would be evident to us during this season.
Praise and Prayer:
1. Praise: Addition of new meetings and church contacts
2. Praise: Fruitful training and team planning
3. Pray: More team members for Ecuador
4. Pray: Simon - colic/travel well
5. Pray: Continued scheduling for 2019