It's only 27 days until I leave for Ecuador, and I'm starting to get pretty excited! For those of you who don't know, I'll be going with some folks from my church here in LA, Expression 58. I know it's a weird name for a church, but we are all about creatively expressing who God is to the world around us while following the mandate of Isaiah 58--you should read it if you haven't recently. It talks about how God delights in us when we feed the poor, take care of the widow and orphan, and bring love and justice to the oppressed.
It's in this spirit that I go Quito, Ecuador. I am blessed to be under the leadership of Jona and Jennifer Toledo, who run a ministry called "Global Children's Movement." GCM has missionaries in Kenya, Congo, and Ecuador who truly walk in the power of the Holy Spirit. And they are seeing powerful transformation in those countries. The last trip that Jenn and Jona lead to Ecuador included many testamonies of miracles, healing, and salvation. One of my favorites involved a prostitute on the street that the Lord highlighted to a few of the team members while they were ministering at night in a "Red Light" district. Right before they were about to talk to her, a "John" approached and solicited her. Not to be defeated, the team followed them and started talking to both parties individually. The Lord gave them word after word for the John, and after several minutes of ministry and many tears, he told them that he was completely at the end of his rope. His life was so messed up that he had planned to go out tonight, hire a prostitute, then go home and kill his wife the next day. He had prayed to God and said, "If there is any hope for me, the only way I'll believe it is if you send an angel to me." Both the man and the woman surrendered their life to Christ and received His amazing love!
I don't have a full itinerary of our trip yet, but I know we will be:
1) Building a child care facility in a woman's prison (the kids stay with their moms until age 3)
2) Helping a ministry that feeds street kids in the slums of Quito (most of these kids only get 1 meal per day if they are lucky)
3) Visiting and praying for folks in a Leper colony.
4) Speaking at schools and churches
5) Doing street outreach to different parts of the city
6) Visiting at least 1 remote village and sharing God's love with them.
This promises to be an amazing trip, but it is far from a vacation, so I would like to invite you to keep me and the entire team in your prayers. We need a prayer covering. Also, if you would like to donate to the trip, I still need $500 to be given for supplies, and support of the ministries we will be helping, and I need about $1000 to cover my personal expenses while I'm away for 2 weeks. If you would like to help with either of these financial needs, you can click on the donate button on the upper right of this page, or you can mail a check to:
7522 Balcom Ave
Reseda, CA 91335
If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation: make your check out to GCM - Ecuador and mail it to me at the address above. Do not put my name on the check.