A Cup of Cold Water
As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country. Proverbs 25
I love good news. The way a small, positive piece of information can light up your life, change your outlook and even put a spring in your step. But in the current world, it seems to be rare at best. Do you ever just have one of those days? After you turn on your TV, listen to the news for 10 or 15 minutes, it makes you ask yourself, "Where is the good news?" and this is usually followed by just turning the channel or turning the TV off.
A few days ago during our weekly missions (church-planting) meeting, we got some amazing news from some of our most isolated works. The pastor who oversees the community of Paandin, on the far northern extreme of our province, gave us an update on the way the believers in that community are growing and maturing, not only in studying the Word of God, but also in doing the work of the church. Their efforts have caused their current church building to be too small and they have opened several new communities to the gospel message. It is growing so much so, that we are in the process of opening our fourth Bible School extension there (we currently have over 100 students in three extensions around the jungle). The entire zone of Yaap is nestled at the foot of the Kutuku Mts. right in the middle of our province, it is completely open for evangelism and church planting. The main congregation continues to grow and multiply. The community is so open that the communal council that oversees and governs them has donated a one acre plot of land for the construction of a church and if God wills it in October and November of this year it will be an answered prayer. Then on the far southern end of our province the pastor of Washikiat reported that the work of God is taking root, many have been saved. This is a village that has been closed to the gospel due to it being controlled by shamans (witchdoctors). The most amazing testimony was that the main shaman of the community came to the pastor and asked for prayer, then repented for his sins, and stated his desire to become a follower of the most high God!
Our prayer today is that this "good news from a far country" fills your sails with hope. Knowing that the eternal work that Christ is rendering on this earth will most likely never hit your local radio or TV station, internet news or Facebook feed, but remember, it is happening. Because we can see the undercurrent of the work that God is doing in the jungles of Ecuador, we have made a commitment to plant a minimum of 100 new churches over the next 10 years in villages that have no church. Is this a large number? Yes! Is it daunting? Yes! Will it be hard? Yes! But we know who is working on our behalf, the Lord of the Harvest and we also know that you are holding our rope, YOU our partners. We thank you so much for believing with us for untold thousands of souls, great will be your reward.
Joil and Leah Marbut