Ecuador: Construction Day

What's a trip blog from Ecuador without a picture of a volcano? 

Mighty Tungurahua

Mighty Tungurahua

Wow, that was a rather large picture.  But the volcano is huge, so I guess it is appropriate.

Today was a work day at Eglesia Bautista Montalvo.  That means we applied linseed oil to some recently built kitchen cabinets, finished benches, whitewashed some walls and dug out four flower beds.  Action shots below as promised:

Sanding and staining benches in the fellowship hall.  This is on the pad we helped pour last year.  Look at the progress

Sanding and staining benches in the fellowship hall.  This is on the pad we helped pour last year.  Look at the progress

A happy work crew!

A happy work crew!

Getting all the roots out of the beds was a chore

Getting all the roots out of the beds was a chore

 "Turf Woman" was not satisfied with getting the grass up a handful at a time, she just pulled it up like an old rug!

 "Turf Woman" was not satisfied with getting the grass up a handful at a time, she just pulled it up like an old rug!

Sometimes I marvel at the impact a little weeding can make.  Sharpening some borders, cutting back the growth communicates "this space is special." 

Sort of like our lives.  Maybe that's why God tells us, "live this way, not that way."  Not because we are special or deserving but because he wants the world to see "here is something special - you should take a look!"  As believers our lives should be a border, a beautiful, winsomely holy space, between this world and God's Kingdom, a place for people to come and be introduced to our Lord. 

Maybe, too, God just likes flowers because they are beautiful! 

Tuesday there will be more construction, and also VBS in the afternoon.  Pray for our VBS leaders (Patti, Kalie, Maureen and Megan) and Mauricio as they work with the children. 

 

On a more serious note, construction on the seminary continues, and needs to finish quickly.  Without college degrees (from accredited colleges) most of the evangelical pastors will fail certification by the government and be forced to stop leading congregations.   That would spell the end for many of the churches that Steve has helped plant in his 25 years in Ecuador.  Would you consider making a donation to help finish the seminary building - a key step in accreditation?  Global Outreach in Tupelo, MS can help you.

 

Finish the seminary to enable the pastors to continue being pastors

Finish the seminary to enable the pastors to continue being pastors