Ecuador Year 6

Hey everyone!

I am all moved into my apartment, and I am adjusting slowly to the altitude. Quito is at over 9,000 ft. I wanted to post to let you know some good news and then let you know about a prayer request.

I officially found out that I will be teaching 5th grade next year! WooHoo! I am so excited for this next school year. I start orientation for new teachers on Monday, August 7th. I am sure that I will have much more to say about the school after I start meeting the other staff members. :)

I have an appointment to renew my Ecuadorian visa on Wednesday at 12:30pm. The process to renew visas has changed, and everyone is a little unsure about how to go about it. I ask that you pray for a smooth process from meeting up with the lawyer to getting the paperwork filed with the Ecuadorian government. If all goes as planned, the government will take my paperwork, payment, and passport, and return the passport to me in a couple months.

Oh! I almost forgot Feliz Navidad (Merry Christmas)!!!!  We had our 2nd anual Christmas in July this weekend. It was a lot of fun from purchasing gifts to cooking Christmas snack food.

Thanks everyone for praying for me here in Quito!



Hey Everyone!

It has been quite a while since I posted anything.

I am having gall bladder removal surgery on Thursday. I have been feeling ill for about two months, but it took a while for a sure diagnosis. Then scheduling a date for the surgery took a little while as well. I will be heading to Quito for the surgery and will be there for at least 8 days for recovery. I should be back in Shell just in time for the last 2 1/2 weeks of school! Thanks for your prayers :)

In March, the NSMS school board made the decision to close the school due to extremely low projected enrollment for next year. The school has been serving missionary families for 51 years. I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this ministry for the last five years.

I have accepted a position to teach upper elementary grades (4th-6th) at the Alliance Academy in Quito. (http://www.alliance.k12.ec) I do not have an exact grade level assignment yet.

  • My missionary status with Reach Beyond will remain the same. I will still be a missionary teacher raising support. (In other words, I will not receive payment from this school either.)
  • Alliance is an Preschool- 12th grade international school in the Quito, capital of Ecuador. The school has a mix of students. There are international business families who enroll their children in AAI. (There is also a small student boarding program associated with the school.) Other students are from affluent Ecuadorian families that want their children to receive a US based education and to learn English. There are also many missionaries in Quito that send their children to AAI.
  • I will have a class size of about 25 students. (I am so excited to have a full class!) I will teach completely in English, but the majority of the students will be learning English as their second (or third) language.
  • Many of the families associated with AAI are not Christ followers or even church attenders. However, because they want the high quality education that AAI provides, they sign a form that says they know that their children will be learning about Christ, salvation, and Christian values. I am thrilled with this new opportunity to be able to share Christ with parents and students alike.

I will be moving out of my apartment here in Shell and going to Quito at the beginning of June. I will be sharing an apartment with 3 other teachers from AAI. Living in Quito will be a huge adjustment. There are over 2,500,000 people living in Quito. (There are roughly 8,000 in Shell). I have felt so safe walking the streets of Shell these last 5 years. Quito will be a whole new ball game when it comes to security.

All in all, I am VERY excited about the changes, challenges, and new opportunities coming my way!


Trusting God

One of the assignments in the 10th grade Apologetics course was to study 30 names of God in 30 days. The idea was to examine one name per day. The students looked at what each name tells us about God and how this characteristic should impact how we worship Him.

I began thinking through some of those names today. 

God is Jehovah-shalom: (God of peace)

When my mind is full of "what comes next", "what ifs", "what should I do", am "I doing the right thing," it can be hard to find peace or rest for a weary brain. However, the knowledge that God is a God of peace is not only reassuring, but it encourages me to lay my burdens (including worries) at His feet.

God is Jehovah-jireh: (God who provides)

The year so far has been challenging. There is a lot of work to get done in a day. Teaching chemistry and algebra II this year has been more than a challenge. Trusting God in the midst of stress is a battle that I lose sometimes. However, the knowledge that God is the one who provides is an encouragement to keep fighting that battle. He is the One that provides the ability to complete work at all. It is He who will provide me with the ability to learn and later teach that chemistry lesson that I am struggling with.

God is Jehovah-M’kaddish: (God who sanctifies)

When I lose that battle or others, I can know that God is the One that sanctifies. He is not going to give up on me until He finishes with me. He forgives me, and He is the only One who can give me the strength to win the battle.

God is Jehovah-Nisei

This name means “God our banner.” Under His banner we go from triumph to triumph and say, “Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57). (by the Navigators, 2007)
When the battle is won for the day, I praise God because He is the One that gave me the victory.

Prayer Requests:
1. Teaching Chemistry and Algebra II is hard :)
2. Busy Schedule
3. Missing friends

1. I am able to join my family in Alabama for Christmas!
2. Teaching 5th-8th grade science classes- It has been encouraging to have conversations about how perfectly God designed our universe
3. Students- I am thankful for the 10th grade students. They are dedicated to their work. Even though the content is hard, I can see them doing their work for the glory of the Father each and every day.

Resource: The resource that we used to study the names of God for 30 days can be found at the link below.