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Changing Congregations… Why?

If you follow us on Instagram (@2needgreaters) then you know that as of December 1st, we have changed from the Chaltura congregation to the Pablo Arenas congregation. Many friends were surprised and wondered why we would decide to make this change….

When we first arrived 3 years ago, the Branch referred us to either a congregation in Ibarra or the congregation in Chaltua. We chose Chaltura, and loved every minute there. The friends made us feel welcome right away, and we love them dearly. At the time, Chaltura was definitely in need of help with the congregation and with the territory. Over the three years, and after countless hours of recruiting, we had seen the congregation grow to the point of having 5 elders, 9 regular pioneers, and 4 regular auxiliary pioneers, working their territory every 2 months, or some as often as every week.

We started asking ourselves if we should move on, or if we should continue supporting Chaltura. We really could see benefits of staying with the congregation, but yet on the other hand we knew of other congregations in our circuit who needed more help than Chaltura. We decided to put it before Jehovah, and let him tell us what to do. Continue reading “Changing Congregations… Why?”

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Preaching Along the Río Cayapas

Needgreater: a person who expands their ministry by moving to an area

where there is a greater need in the ministry

Praching along the Rio

I really don’t know how to start off this post. We only spent 4 days along the Río Cayapas, but those days gave us a lot to reflect on.

To get to San José de Cayapas, we drove 4 hours towards Esmeraldas, arriving in a river town named Borbón. There we parked our vehicles at a brother’s house. Packing everything onto the ‘lancha’, or boat (the size was a little bigger than the one pictured that the friends use in the ministry), we then went two hours upstream until we landed at San Josè de Cayapas.

San Josè de Cayapas is a small village of about 150 people, 8 of them being our friends. This area of Ecuador is populated by Afro-Ecuadorians, descendants of African slaves brought by the Spanish when they were conquering Ecuador from the Incas. There’s also a small group of Indigenous known as the Chachi. The two groups have coexisted for around 400 years. Continue reading “Preaching Along the Río Cayapas”

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Are You Ready to Rent a Home in Ecuador?

Renting Expectations in Ecuador @ cartersandecuador.wordpress.comIn five more months, Kurt and I will have lived in Ecuador for 3 years. During that time, we will have lived in four different houses. Why have we moved so much? Let me explain…

Our very first house was a 3 bedroom, 2 bath…very Ecuadorian. What does that mean? It had widow makers in the showers, and no other source of hot water. I thought no problem, I don’t need hot water in the kitchen or bathroom sinks. When in Ecuador, live like an Ecuadorian!  Well, after about 9 months, I decided I was through with that sacrifice! So, when our 1 year lease came due, we moved to a townhome that had hot water through out the property.

Our second home, we loved! We loved the location, the layout, and the hot water. We probably would still be there if it hadn’t been that the owner decided she wanted to sell the townhome. So, 9 months later, we found ourselves looking for a new place to move. Continue reading “Are You Ready to Rent a Home in Ecuador?”