Lives transformed in Ecuador

April 26, 2017 at 6:00 AM

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(Editor’s note: Sharla Clemens and her husband, Dr. Jim, live in Orange City, Iowa, are members of a Partnership Ministry Team to Mision San Lucas in Quininde, Ecuador. They are joined as PMTs by Drew and Jean Vogel of Orange City.)

Lives tranformed in Ecuador

By Sharla Clemens

Over the past thirteen years our PMT has traveled to Quininde, Ecuador a number of times to visit Dr. Yeny Agila, Ministry Director of Mision San Lucas.

Our ministry trips have often consisted of a whirlwind of activities including: visiting the children’s projects, women’s Bible studies, construction sites, meeting with the ministry board, and hours of mountain driving. Each trip has revealed new insights into the culture and people of the Quininde area.

Our most recent trip, in February 2017, was different than our previous PMT visits in that we not only saw the ministry, but we heard of the work the Lord has been doing through the ministry.

Many of Dr. Yeny’s staff have come to saving faith through the ministry of Mision San Lucas. Each staff member sat down with us and shared their life stories — stories of brokenness, hopelessness, and sin; life apart from God.

But God did a work in each of their lives.

Some became believers through the women’s Bible studies, others came to know the Lord through their children who learned about Jesus while attending the projects, and still others came to saving faith as youth attending the children’s projects. Each gave testimony to a new life in Christ — a transformed life filled with abundant joy and hope in the Lord.

Ephesians 2:1-5 reads: “And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience – among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you have been saved.”

By God’s grace each of these individuals has experienced new life in Christ — a transformed life in which they are faithfully and joyfully sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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