At Ninawachi Mission Institute in Huaticocha, Ecuador, we find ourselves in middle of our sixth month of classes since we opened doors in January. God has been good. We currently have 13 students who are growing in the Lord and impacting the communities in the Huaticocha area.
Since March, each Wednesday afternoon the students visit communities in the Huaticocha area for children’s ministry. In these communities the students lead after school programs. They help kids with their homework, lead songs, play games, teach a Bible story and have a craft to go along with the Bible story. The students are working in these ministries along with the local churches in the communities of Huataraco, 24 de Mayo, 10 de Agosto and in La Floresta (The part of Huaticocha where we at Ninawachi are located). The students also return Sunday mornings to these communities to help with Sunday School at the local churches and participate in the Sunday church programs.
In addition to these 4 communities, students are also leading Bible studies with adults and helping to disciple new followers of Christ with the goal of someday planting a church in the communities of Guamani, Chaluayacu, and Pasohurco.
Please be praying for the students and the communities where they are working.
We have a great group of students. I have shared a little bit with you about our students in previous emails, but in this email I wanted to share what a Day in The Life of a student at Ninawachi Mission School is like.
Students get up bright and early in the morning at 6 a.m. They work on different chores, such as cooking breakfast, cleaning the bathrooms, mopping floors, feeding the chickens, etc until 7 a.m. At 7 we meet in the prayer hut for an hour of worship and prayer, praying for the needs of each other, family, friends, and even for our supporters and friends in the United States and Canada. At 8 a.m. is breakfast. Then at 9 a.m. clases start.
The first class runs from 9 a.m. until 10:20. Following a 10 minute recess, the second class of the morning runs from 10:30 until 11:50. Lunch is at noon, followed by free time to relax and work on class assignments.
At 2:00 students resume classes for an hour. At 3 p.m. we meet again in the prayer hut for an hour of prayer to pray for the communities where we are serving. At 4 p.m. there is free time for sports or work on the property. At 5:00 we have dinner. After dinner evenings are free, except for Mondays when we all meet for an evaluation meeting.
The only variation from this schedule is on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Wednesday afternoon, the students all leave for ministry work in the surrounding communities. On Tuesday mornings instead of classes students have three hours in which they work on the property farming, gardening, doing maintenance work and working in construction to finish the few final touches needed on the buildings of the Ninawachi Mission School.
On Saturday mornings, the students also do work on the grounds similar to what they do Tuesday mornings. Saturday afternoons are free, as well as are Sunday afternoons. On Sunday mornings the students visit the churches and communities where they do ministry on Wednesdays.
It is a busy schedule for our students, but also one that is well balanced between studies, work, sports, ministry and time to relax.
Students have completed classes on Acts, The Harmony of the 4 Gospels, and a study of the book, “A Call To Die.” They are currently studying the Pentateuc, the first 5 books of the Old Testament.
During the months of June and July we host a number of short term mission teams. This year have teams from The King’s Academy in San Jose, California, from Daybreak Alliance Church in Mechanicsburg, PA and from Wadena Alliance Church in Wadena, Minnesota that have already served with us.
In July we have a short term mission team from New Beginnings Alliance Church in the Chicago area and a team from Beulah Alliance Church in Edmonton, Alberta that will be with us.
With these short term teams, we generally have team members help with construction tasks around Ninawachi in the mornings while students are in class. In the afternoons, the teams split up to go with Ninawachi students to the communities where the students are serving on Wednesdays. Teams then work side by side with the Ninawachi students to put on VBS (Vacation Bible School) or similar programs for the kids in these communities.
Thank you all for your prayers
and support. You have all had a vital role in what God is doing in and through the lives of the students at Ninawachi, whether it has been through coming to Ecuador to help, through prayer, or through your financial support.
Please continue to pray for the students and missionaries at Ninawachi. Pray also for the communities that I mentioned in which the students are serving and for the short term teams who will be serving with us the next two months.
May God bless you all and may you experience the fullness of his love in your lives.