Living Word Lutheran Church
The fertile valleys which course through the volcanic mountain ranges near the equator are home to most of the roses sold in North and South America. The country is Ecuador, the natives are warm and unassuming and the children are anxious to hear the good news of Jesus Christ. Nearly 55,000 children are sponsored by Compassion International in this country of more than 14 million people in a land mass roughly the size of Colorado.
Twelve Marshall-area natives ventured to the modern city of Quito, Ecuador last November specifically to visit two of these sponsored children (Angel and Maribel)-as well as many others-who benefit from a monthly check of $37 to the organization which helps to raise up indigenous physical and spiritual infrastructure to share the gospel with people who live on less than a dollar a day. Compassion undertakes this task through education, selective recruiting and proven methods of lifting children out of poverty.
One of our tour guides, who is a second-year SMSU student, was Daniela R, born near Quito whose parents anxiously awaited her return home for an extended break. Daniela is sponsored by Living Word Lutheran Church of Marshall as a "missionary in training" as she earns her undergraduate degree and polishes her language skills while demonstrating a deep desire to share Jesus' love in everything she does. Each Wednesday night she joins three to four other SMSU students to lead our Jesus and Me (JAM) youth program for seventh- and eighth-grade students.
The 12 missionaries ranged in age from 13 to 73. We prayed with a mother who buried her husband just a few months prior struggling to raise three hungry boys. We sat on the dirt floor of her humble home, conveying the hope that God loves her, that there are Christians in America who find it in their heart to give $1.21 a day for one child, making a world of difference. One project we visited displayed the computers and sewing equipment used to make products which find their way into the global marketplace, providing on-site training and a steady stream of income for the young families nestled in the beautiful mountain valleys, including the site director-who discretely nursed her 3rd child during our visit. Would you like to do more, to be more? Come and see! Worship this weekend!