When we were preparing our hearts to serve as missionaries we had no idea the amount of time that can go into the Lord’s work here. Our days have been filled with our current roles, language learning, and all the details that go into shopping for food, getting around, laundry and housework, etc. In short, we have found our new life very full and yet we are so blessed by it.
The construction of the girls house in underway! We have completed a large water tank, a new road on the property, a storage/guard house and are currently working on the foundational columns for the main building. We have a photo gallery that is updated weekly which we would love for you to check out and see the progress so far. There are two groups working on the house right now, those on the property working on the foundational aspects and the welders who are working at a large workshop in the south of the city. A.T. has been managing the project with our good friends Marcos and Johanna who are the architects of the project. This is a time consuming job but has many rewards. He loves working with the locals here and learning a different side of construction. Last week we came to our first shortage in funds to continue with the project. We really needed $12,000 to finish the steel welding and if we didn’t receive the funds we were looking at increases in the overall costs. The architects and A.T. prayed that God would provide the money that very day. Less than a day later God had provided the exact amount we asked for. We are amazed by God’s goodness and how he cares so deeply for these girls!
We came to a point where we needed a vehicle especially for getting up to the property where public transportation is rare. We looked for a few months and were in prayer. The average vehicle here costs around 8 to 10 thousand. In the states we were able to sell our old car and a very generous family donated and we were able to obtain a 1995 Ford Bronco. God opened the door and provided the money, the Bronco should sell here for around $7,000 but through amazing circumstances we bought it for $4,000. We are overwhelmed by how God is spoiling us here.
A large part of our construction team is our faithful leader, Chris Nevins, and his family in Arizona. Chris is a good friend, consultant, and richly experienced in construction in the U.S. and Ecuador. Chris and his brother came for a few days to visit and bless us here. We had a great time together and were able to use his expertise in moving the project forward.
Construction is moving and is exciting but where we truly celebrate is in the work that Crystal is continually humbled and thankful to be a part of. Dunamis is currently serving 9 girls with the prayer and intention to show them the love of Jesus and courageously enter into the brokenness they have experienced with humility, gentleness and the leading of the Holy Spirit. There are many details that go into programming and Crystal’s responsibilities have been increasing. A wonderful woman named Majo has been running the programming for the last year but she had to return to her home country of Chile. While she was back in Chile her father had a bad stroke which has delayed her return. In her absence Crystal has stepped into a more occupied role in assisting the vice president and founders with running the day to day operations of Dunamis. She has been an amazing gift to those around her and is investing in the girls, volunteers and staff at Dunamis.
A couple of weeks ago a new girl started attending Dunamis. We are thankful to see God moving in her heart as we have witnessed her slowly lowering her walls and engaging with the other girls and staff. Her story is still unfolding but it has been encouraging to see how some of the girls have come around her. All the stories of the girls are tragic but for this particular girl her age comes as a shock to us, she is only 11 years old.
Lastly, we were invited to take part in some of our most favorite people's wedding in Iowa. We traveled back to the states for a week and met a lovely surprise of A.T.’s parents. The Wedding was in Iowa were Crystal’s family lives. So we not only got to celebrate this wonderful union but spent some great hours with family. It was a huge blessing and reminded us how blessed we are. We miss those far away very much but truly believe that we are where God wants us to be.
God is continuing to open doors and provide for the construction of the project while tenderly loving us enough to keep us asking.
More girls are attending the shelter, therefore Dunamis is slowly beginning to serve more and more girls each week.
The gift of spending time with family and friends in the States.
Amazing and loving friends/family here in Ecuador within our coworkers and neighbors.
Continued prayer for the girls at Dunamis
For the Program Director’s father who has just has a bad stroke (Maho’s father)
For the staff, volunteers, and leadership at Dunamis
Continued provision for the cost of the construction project, currently at 24% funded
Thank you for taking the time to hear about what God has been doing here in Quito. Please email us if you have any questions as we are always delighted to hear from you!