Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Experiences from Ecuador...

Here are a few recent experiences from Ecuador...

1. My cousin and his wife have the privilege of serving in near the Amazons as temporary special pioneers.  Their Congregation would hold their meetings at a school auditorium for many years until they decided they would build their own Hall to hold their meetings.  Everyone donated materials for the work and the construction began.  However as they were close to finishing the Hall they ran out of wood and had no idea where they would find any more.  They prayed about it and asked Jehovah to provide what was needed.  The following weekend their area was hit with a massive storm that raised the level of the river, from deep in the Jungle it had dragged down massive trees, by the time they reached the area where the hall was being built the river went back down and left the tree trunks nicely by the river bed.  The brothers quickly saw this as Jehovah's answer and were quick to grab as much as they could, these trees were sufficient to finish building their little hall.  By the next CO's visit the Branch approved the construction of the Hall and it was allowed to display the name "Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses".  The brothers in that Congregation where so happy and thankful that with Jehovah's help they now had their own Kingdom Hall to worship Jehovah in.

2. While leaving in Spain an Ecuadorian lady was working at someones house as a maid.  She had worked very hard most of her life to provide an income for her family back home.  One day she met the witnesses from door to door and began to study the bible during her free time.  She made fine progress and began attending meetings, started participating in the Ministry School and eventually qualified to become an unbaptized publisher.  However due to her work schedule she was having a difficult time to go out witnessing, she decided the solution to her problem would be to go back to Ecuador. This would take a lot of faith on her part and reliance that Jehovah would look after her as long as she put Kingdom Interest first. Her worldly family didn't understand her decision and put pressure on her to stay but she had made up her mind and returned to Ecuador.  As soon as she arrived in Ecuador she attended a meeting and eagerly asked the Elders to find her someone who could continue her study.  Carmen is progressing spiritually very well and she is working hard to qualify for baptism.  We are sure that soon she will also be one of our sisters.

3. A brother happens to place a book with a maid name Blanca at the hotel he was staying at. Blanca curious about what the brother spoke to her about reads the book completely in one month.  The next time she sees the witnesses she requests a bible study and a study was begun.  Because of her grueling work schedule Blanca finds it difficult to keep her study regular, the sister is not sure whether to continue visiting her or not but decides to ask if anyone else in the family might like to study.  Blanca's mum and younger sister accept a study but warn her that they'll never become Jehovah's Witnesses, they just want to know about the things Blanca has been talking to them about.  As the study continued a District Convention was held and the sister invites the whole family. To her delight the whole family accepts.  While heading to the Convention the bus that was taking them breaks down so they ended up having to take another bus but this time with a driver who badgered them the whole way for going to the Convention, while on the bus Blanca's mum Magaly (a lovely kind natured lady) seats on chewing gum and her daughters try very hard to take it off.  When they finally arrive, Magaly's zipper breaks, with no way of fixing it and having had enough of all the things that went wrong Magaly decides to go back home but Blanca encourages her to stay so somehow they fix her zipper and hope nothing else goes wrong.

The story doesn't end there, over the next 12 years look at what takes place from one act of informal witnessing, Magaly and her younger daughter where the first to come into the truth by getting baptised.  Magaly's son who was considered the "rebel" of the family completely changes his life, leaving behind a life of drugs, alcohol, domestic violence, and immorality and also becomes a Witness, his wife and daughters eventually also come into the truth.  Today he serves as an Elder in a little town in the country side. What happen to Blanca? She had two little girls, she never really made the truth her own but Julie, her 10 year old daughter decides she wants to study and also joins her grandmother coming to meetings and trying very hard to serve Jehovah. Julie's life goal? to serve at Bethel.  With this young little girls enthusiasm Blanca once more decides to try and give the truth another go and has begun to study the bible, even come to meetings. However now that she is married, her husband has tried to slow down her progress but Blanca has continued firm and loyal and was finally able to convince her husband to come to a meeting too .... Finally after more than 12 years, the whole family was once again together for the Regional Convention 2015. We are working very hard in helping Julie and her mum make the truth their own and hopefully her husband will also join them....

Ok, those are all for now...

Recent photo of the family at the meeting!