“FMC missionaries are settling into their new missions, and we are already hearing great things. The Gospel promise of His provision when we seek Him first has really come alive in the recent updates from two of our missionaries:
‘Peace and joy from my fabulous home, here in Ecuador!!! As far as a report from my perspective I can easily sum everything up in two words: abundant blessings. It’s hard to know where to begin! I feel an extreme outpouring of grace continuously for which I am so thankful. Our community life hit the ground running and the community is healthy, happy and ready to go out and serve. The Lord blesses our prayer every morning and the sharing we have is just incredible- everyday my cup is filled to the point of overflowing because of these amazing women and their servants hearts. I can’t believe how blessed I am to be living with them, serving with them.
Our house is incredible! Rugged to say the least! WE LOVE IT!!!!! It is the perfect size and the girls are such troopers making the sometimes tricky transition with things like not having water up in the house and other things. The Sisters have been an unbelievable help and their hospitality is unprecedented in my books. Everyday when I have a problem I can’t seem to figure out I ask Sister Yenny for her advice and she always gives great counsel. There are many things I am so lost with, but that is just how The Lord wants it. I am humbled constantly and thats an answer to my prayers. Sister Yenny and I figured out the best way to kill the many tarantulas we have in and around the house as well as the rats. Little by little we are making it! I love every second of it, too.
When we were having our team retreat a week or so ago in Quito at that retreat center, The Lord revealed to me the way I could truly live His peace in a better way every day. Long story short, the Lord made a Scripture I have read hundreds of times brand new and it changed the way I live everyday. Mt 6:28 “Learn from the way the wildflowers grow, they do not toil or spin.” I have been asking The Lord for a solution to my anxiety to just get rid of that last little bit, and He kept saying that in His time it would happen. Well it finally has! He directed my vision and my perspective of each day to something I can very easily relate to because I love them- wildflowers. I still press flowers all the time and this is like the last piece of the puzzle for me. Every time I think about all the many things we have to do or start feeling even the slightest bit stressed I think about and “learn from the way the wildflowers grow”. The peace that fills my heart is real and genuine. Thank you, Jesus! It’s so simple and because of His great love I am more full of joy than ever because of this burden having been lifted. Praise God.
As far as ministries go, we are getting to know the people of all the communities by integrating ourselves into the Sister’s ministry and also paving our own roads with friends we have already made! We go to the Communities and help teach Catechism classes and are involved with a variety of age groups. Our community and relationship with the Sisters is awesome. This first week went off with out any hitches- Something very interesting that I didn’t expect in our ministry is we have lot’s of ministry with the tourists that are always passing through. There is always a chance to witness.
Also, having the guys in Ahuano is such a blessing. Being able start out with them in Quito and really get to know them better was, I think, what kick started our mission. I love how we both have our own communities and ministries but come together and serve every couple of weeks. That dynamic is so refreshing.
I love Ecuador so much! Everyday is made new in The Lord and it’s like living a dream; I have never been this happy in my life.’
Love in Christ,
Rachel Washam, Team Leader – Misahualli Ecuador
More great News from the Kiehl family in Juarez:
‘God is so good! We arrived in Juarez Saturday January 25 on the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. We have no internet, no water, no gas (at least from the tanks;), no boiler, it’s awesome. We are SOOOO happy. The people here are so amazing and kind. We have been given so much. I have a kilo of Venison in my fridge right now waiting to be cooked up. We have an electric hot plate that we use for all cooking. We only can use internet when we drive out here to Progreso (1/2 hr). Monday we will start up our new schedule as ‘pastors’ (the term the Bishop has given us) of the church in Juarez. We are also doing a census of the town to get an idea of what is needed, who to visit etc. The kids are doing great in school. God is so good.’
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