Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Over the last nine months, our family has seen God do both challenging and amazing things in our lives. So many of you have prayed with our family as we have battled cancer, and you have celebrated with us as God has answered our prayers for Josh’s healing. Josh continues to gain weight and strength. He had another bone marrow biopsy last week, which we are still awaiting the final results. We have had almost a month of good health for which we are very thankful.
Recently, God has provided me (and Sarah) with the opportunity to go on a short-term mission trip this summer, July 20-28, to Tena, Ecuador with our church. As you may know, I grew up on the mission filed and our daughter Sarah has shown a heart for missions since she was younger. She has asked me on numerous times over the last few years to go on a trip with her, so this summer we feel like God is finally giving us the opportunity to go on an international trip together. We will be part of a team of 17 students and adults from Dalhart who are going to Ecuador.
In Ecuador, our team will be working alongside Steve and Carol Thompson who are dedicated to missions and to spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Originally from Texas, the Thompsons moved to Ecuador in 1987 to serve as missionaries. Over the years the Thompsons have been involved in various forms of ministry and outreach in Ecuador, all with a primary focus of evangelism, church planting and church development.
The Thompsons spend part of every summer hosting children's and youth camps from their jungle location and then they move to a mountain camp for the latter part of the summer. Camp Chacauco is a beautiful, hand-built retreat center in the central mountain region of Ecuador and is a place where students can hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ through youth camps and sports ministry.
While we are there, our team will be sharing the love of Christ by hosting day camps for the children at Tena and the surrounding community. We have the opportunity to love on and care for these children and their families. I am excited to see how the Lord will allow me to use the gifts and abilities that He has given me through this experience.
As Sarah and I go on this trip, we ask that you would commit to pray daily for us. Specifically, for the children we will be working with and the ongoing ministry that Steve and Carol are involved in at Camp Chacauco. We would also ask that you pray for the financial needs of this trip.
As you pray, if the Lord leads you to participate in this ministry by giving financially, here are the specifics of our financial needs. Sarah and I will be raising support to go on this trip. The trip will cost approximately $2500 per person. This money is for transportation, housing and food along with ministry expenses while there. If you would like to make a contribution toward our trip, you can send a check payable to “First Baptist Church” and mail it to the address below, or you can make a donation on line at the link at the top of the page.
Thank you for your prayers. We have been blessed over this last year by your words of encouragement as well as by your emotional and spiritual support. You can read more about this mission opportunity at www.servantlife.com. Click on 2012 Trips and find the Ecuador link. Sarah and I are excited about this opportunity to go and serve the nations and spread Christ’s love to others.
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Posted by Brian and Ilene Walton at 3:00 PM