In the past few months, once a month, meetings are held with a group of 10-15 parents. During this time, Pastor Alexander Yapapasca preaches on topics like the importance of marriage, domestic violence, and other biblical themes. The purpose is for parents to meet the Lord, to accept Him as their personal Savior, and to be a part of the Church.
On Thursday, January 26, a special service was held at the Mother Church in Echeandia, which was attended by 290 people from the Sabanetillas and San José de Camarón projects. This service was held by the Missionary Eduardo Mesa (Pastor in the city of Guayaquil). The goal was to strengthen the relationship between spouses so that they understand that God must govern their lives and maintain a solid family.
Pastor Alexander works daily with six parents in the community to participate in mingas (community work) to aid in the construction and maintenance of the church.
In the project, every Wednesday, 95- 100 children of the project come together. During this time they learn about Biblical themes, learn choreography, and perform dynamics and games. Tutors use several strategies to teach children and better understand their classes, such as visual material and role plays. The result has been incredible because the children at first did not have much confidence with the tutors, but, over time, they have shown more confidence and love towards their tutors. Now, they are happy to become involved with the project and participate enthusiastically in the activities of the project and the church.
Every day, a tutor of the project, makes three or four different visits to the children’s homes. During the visits, she talks with parents about biblical and family issues, and at the same time she verifies how the child’s physical and emotional situation is doing. Furthermore, during these visits the tutor prays with the family for their needs. Parents have been motivated by these visits and have even been encouraged to attend the church activities.
Finally, on December 22, Pastor Alexander, his wife Sister Marina Gamarra and the Tutorials organized a special program to celebrate Christmas for the children of the Sabanatilla, San José de Camarón and Echeandia projects. The program was attended by 570 sponsored children and 50 non-sponsored children. In this event, the children performed a play, Pastor Alexander gave a message of the Word to all the attendees, gifts were distributed to the children, and they had a delicious snack.
We have faced some challenges recently. The weather conditions have been one of the difficulties during the construction. The rainy season has been hard this time, impeding a faster advancement of construction. Another one of the challenges has been to fill the land, since it did not have the necessary resources to carry it out. For this reason, one of the mothers of the family who faithfully attends the Church assisted in the management with the authorities of the Municipality and the Provincial Council to provide a backhoe and a dumper, and from the river to collect stones to fill up the land, with the collaboration of the staff of the Church and some parents. Because of all this work, 60% of the construction is almost complete. Currently, columns and walls are being built in the multipurpose room, classrooms, kitchen and bathrooms.
In the next few month, we expect to finish the construction 100%, by placing the ceilings, doors, windows, plastering walls and floors.
As Pastor, I want to encourage you to continue to trust in us as a Church, because we give everything so that through the children the mission and vision of bringing children out of spiritual and physical poverty can be fulfilled. Many thanks to you, who are the godparents of these children. We encourage you to trust even more and more in God, so that He will prosper his ways and bless you much more.
María Cadena, serves food for the project
The building of the Church will be a blessing. Children are assisted at the Church and the project and they are taught good habits. This is very good because they take care of the people of the community. Pastor Alexander and his wife, Sister Marina, are always supporting us, and I personally helped them to deal with the Municipality with the request for dump trucks and machinery to fill the land, because we have a good friendship and they are very welcome in this community. The people are very happy for this construction that benefits all. We are happy and agree with the construction of the Church and the project. Thanks to Sister Marina, who has allowed me to cook for the children and serve this way in the Church, I am very happy and grateful for this opportunity and for the Leadership of the Church.
The preachings of the Pastor have helped me because everyone knew me as a person who had a bad temper, but ever since I listened to these messages, I just smile and I do not get angry anymore. Furthermore, the Pastor always invites me to the services and I learn a lot. I look and ask what days the meetings are in the Church, because I like the way they treat me and I continue to invite more people. With other parents, we do mingas [community work] and more activities in the Church, because there are many people who like to attend as it is something beautiful that has never existed in the community. We are all very grateful.
Praise and Prayer Requests
• As Pastor, thank you for your generosity and effort to invest here in the sector of San José de Camarón for the benefit of children. We have always been focused on the children who need the Lord, to bring them out of physical and spiritual poverty. Thank you very much for the generosity you show towards this community, towards children and parents, so that the children develop their activities much better and have a greater performance in the areas in which we work with them.
- For the Church, so that it grows and impacts on the community so that the people meet Christ and give their lives
- For the families to reconcile and for the marriages to be restored.
- For children to grow up healthy in the four areas, especially in thespiritual area, so that they may get to know Christ personally.
- For the spiritual life of the Pastor and his family who work with children. We are from another country and we have come to serve in Ecuador upon leaving our places of origin.