Update Week of April 22

Another week of blessings!
* In Kidstuf, our Children’s Bible and English class, we made Jesus sun-catchers.

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* There were 23 (wow!) in youth Friday night and Eric shared about obedience to God. With all the new faces coming in we are having to constantly monitor appropriate displays of affection. This can be challenging due to different cultural expectations and hormones. We are asking God to help us address this with both the children and their families in a manner of love and respect.

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*This morning there were 5 in the 7:30am Men’s Bible Study. Eric said it went really well. I wasn’t invited, but he did take a picture!!

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*We’ve reached a verbal agreement to rent a different house a few blocks away. It is quite a bit smaller than the one we rent now, but the rent is less and it is across from a basket ball court.

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*Here are some pictures from the kids cookie baking class. It went really well and they have requested to learn how to make carrot soufflé next time.

 

If you missed our last update- here it is http://soallmayknow.org/march-and-a-bit-of-april-2017/

 

So All May Know,

The Studebaker Family in Ecuador

March and a bit of April 2017

It’s been a wonderful, blessed and busy month. Don’t be surprised if our updates are less frequent – trying to keep up with family life, a busy baby boy and ministry doesn’t leave much time for Facebook!
-We’ve just wrapped up a unit on food and metamorphosis in the kids English/Bible class.
-Elijah is learning to play chess and joined a group of local adults playing in town. He lost one game and won two. He is still attending weekly soccer practice.


– Madeline is still volunteering with Unsion in Cuenca. She recently snuck in through a morgue to pray with patients at a hospital. Oh, the stories that girl has!
-Abigail is preparing for her Quinceanera the 12th of next month. She found a dress and is getting excited about participating in this cultural birthday experience.

 

 

-Malachi had his first birthday party. It was SO much fun for us, but he was a bit overwhelmed by the crowd. 🙂

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-Visas. Eric has his new visa. The four children have had their visas submitted and we are awaiting approval for them. Mine, well, I don’t have one. We have had three different issues with my FBI reports. Once it was just late, then it came with a typo in the name, this time it has been stamped incorrectly. We have submitted another request (and fee). Once it arrives we will try again. Thank you for your prayers in this matter- they did not have to allow me additional time to try again, I know that God blessed us <3 with His favor.
– Evangelism. The dramas went really well last week in Paute. Several hundred people were in attendance and many more strolled by watching. We’re scheduling more dramas in other (smaller) communities for the future!
– Many of you responded to our request for prayer after my brother’s motorcycle accident. He has had several surgeries, a skin graft and is scheduled for a bone graft. He is making progress and is currently at his home. Thank you for all of your prayers.
-Please be in prayer for our family’s mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health. Our contract on the house we are renting is up at the beginning of June and we need to find another home in this area. We’re looking at a smaller house next to a basketball court that would be great for our family, ministry and hopefully our budget.

Kidstuff on Wednesday the 14th!

We had a great time  singing, dancing, and learning!  Classes are now free, so once word gets out we are expecting a room full!  English and Bible, Hokey Pokey- Give your Heart to Jesus! ABC Vocabulary, Shapes and Colors.

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Youth Night at SIP91

We had a great time at SIP91 last night. We heard a devotion and watched two related videos, had coffee, cookies and wraps, and played several games. What a super group of young people!!

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Hogar- Friday 14th of September 2016

We saw seven kids Friday.
The Bible story and coloring sheet was on David and Goliath.
This Friday- these seven kids- some didn’t know the story of David and Goliath.
Never heard it.
Please pray for us as we go and share, that God would give us more of Him that these children might come to know Him.
So All May Know

BTW- We’d like to give each child their very own Bible book for their birthday. Please let us know if you would like to help give

them that gift.

 

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The Apron

The apron is so pretty, every time I put it on I feel like twirling around!

I wear it to cook for my family, to cook for our friends, to cook for those that I hope will become friends and family in Christ.

Last week a women asked me about the apron.

I explained it was a gift, made by a sister in Christ.  She was obviously impressed.

Much time and love was put into something made for serving others.

Our guest noticed.

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’  Matthew 25:40New International Version (NIV)

Am I serving as if it were HIM  that I am serving?

Because according to Matthew 25:40 it is doing it for HIM.

Regardless of if we are in a pretty apron or mud boots, how we serve is important.

People notice.  HE notices.

Let us serve well.

 

 

 

 

 

September 5, 2016 Update. Praying, Preaching and Reaching!

Hello!

Here’s a quick update on the happenings here in Ecuador.  Thank you for taking the time to read it and, most importantly, to join us in prayer!

Recently:

Elijah lost another tooth.  He isn’t enjoying seatwork, but loves to work on projects with Eric or be outside.

We searched all over to find a special thermometer for Madeline’s Biology course and finally found one (with help!)  Her classes are going well.

School has resumed in the house. Abigail is doing well in her studies and is learning to sign a song to share at church.

Malachi is starting to scoot and laugh.  He is sleeping less and growing fast.  Our updates are likely to stay brief as there is now limited time now to type without baby drool soaking the keyboard!!

We’ve replanted the aquaponics bed and garden, replaced a pump in the aquaponics system and Eric has made a few repairs to the car.

We’ve hosted several families for dinner and tea, and cleaned and prepped the SIP to re-open.

This week:

Children’s English and Bible classes resume this Wednesday.  After much prayer, there is one BIG change this time- it’s free.  We’re expecting more children and more FUN!  The money from the classes was paying the rent, but we are trusting that God will provide the $200 needed every month. Please be in prayer for all the aspects of this ministry:  evangelism,  outreach, safety, love, discipline, wisdom….

We visited the orphanage and saw several faces we remembered.  Sadly, many faces we loved aren’t there any more.  Some of the children have been relocated with family members and some of the staff is gone.  One staff member that isn’t there is the director.  We are scheduled to meet the new director this Friday.   Please be in prayer that we will have God’s favor and continued access to the children on a regular basis.

Every Friday (beginning this week) we will open up the SIP to the community with music, a devotion, snacks, and games or a movie.  Our focus during this time will be on teenagers and young adults.  We’re actively inviting other churches and the unchurched to join us.  Please be in prayer that this reaches many and opens doors for  salvations and discipleship.

This week  begins Elijah’s Spanish classes 2x per week.  He was so little and cute, no one ever corrected him and he has not acquired as much of the language as we would have hoped.  Please pray that he and his teacher will bond, that our little man will be a good student, and that he will learn much.  Prayerfully, we will be able to add on classes for the rest of the family.

Eric gave the message this past week- in Spanish!  We’re so proud of him as he strives to learn the language, disciple and share the Gospel.  He is back on the rotation for preaching and will be helping with the discipleship of the Paute youth group on Saturdays. The adult Bible and English class will begin this Thursday.  These will be given at no charge as well.

Also, this week Eric will be preparing for his drivers license test in Spanish (English isn’t offered).  This is especially difficult because it utilizes a completely different set of vocabulary that we have been learning and in written form is without context clues.  Please pray that he won’t stress out and will do well on his test.  Eric will have his hands full throughout the week.  Please keep him and the ministries he is serving in your prayers.

This week we will be able to deliver 50 copies of a chronological Bible study to the local church.  We purchased the study (in Spanish) from NTM before we returned and the local copy shop is duplicating and binding it.  Thank you for helping fund this <3

Coming soon:

In October we will be making a trip to the jungle. Please pray that the car we were able to recently purchase makes the trip safely and that it is a fruitful time.  We are beginning the planning now.

We are super excited about the prospect of groups coming to serve with us here in Ecuador.  There have been people inquiring about coming with groups from church or work, individuals and families.  Some people have asked about staying long term. (You can stay in Ecuador for up to three months without a visa!)  Would you pray that God will open and close doors as He brings workers to His fields?

 

 

 

 

 

12 days back and blessed!

We’ve been back 12 days already!!

We’ve had a blessed return with safe travels, old friends and new!

Our luggage was picked up in Blue Ridge by Pastor Marcus McGill and taken to Jacksonville, FL.

From there, Pastor Mike Reed took the 12 pieces of luggage to Bushnell FL.

We have yet to meet Pastors McGill and Reed!

Josh, a friend of ours picked us up in Bushnell, FL and drove us to Miami pulling a trailer with our luggage.

Our luggage was taken curbside and were processed  in minutes without incident.

The flight was changed to a nonstop from Miami to Guayaquil, Ecuador.

We arrived after a 4.5 hour flight and our local friend Nestor was waiting to take us across the Cajas to Paute.

(No-one got carsick!)

We had several days worth of work getting our personal items out of storage and unpacking our bags.

Becky caught us up to date with the status on the orphanage, aquaponics, classes and chickens and made sure we had some food ready in the freezer!


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Eric is going to be preaching at the local church,

and we are searching for an affordable automobile so we can minister in the surrounding areas

and orphanage with all 6 of us.

(Thinking about sending support? Look here: http://soallmayknow.org/contact-us/ )

Malachi just turned four months, classes online and homeschool begins the last week of this month,

and Elijah wants to resume karate.

We are praying about the best ways to build community and  reach the youth in the area through the SIP.

We are seeking God’s favor with the incoming director at the orphanage.

We strive to keep you updated on what is happening here so you can pray for us.

Please feel free to help us by sharing with your church or small group.

So All May Know,

The Studebaker Family

Eric, Amy, Madeline, Abigail, Elijah and Malachi


 

 

 

Another Term Awaits Another Passport!

It’s June already, can you believe it?

So much is happening both here and at the ministry in Ecuador!
Tyler and Eunice just finished up their six months serving in Ecuador and returned to Mexico.
We’re thankful that they were able and willing to fill in and minister while we were unable to be there.
Becky Lamson is there now and will be staying until we return. She’s working at the orphanage,
restarting the aquaponics, and diving into setting up the solar panels!

When do we plan on getting back to Ecuador? Well, we are waiting on paperwork!
We’ve made application for Malachi’s passport and will purchase the airline tickets once it arrives.
The tentative date for leaving the USA is July 31st.

A few praise reports:

We were able to take advantage of a program offered by the hospital (cash pay within 48 hours of discharge) after Malachi’s birth.
By using the money set aside for airline tickets we paid the bill in full – getting it down from the original price of $47,000.00 to $5,670.04!!
Both Madeline and Abigail finished up the year with honor roll, Elijah has grown an inch in the past 4 months,
and Malachi has doubled in size (from 5lbs 11 oz at birth to 11lbs. 12 oz at two months.)
We have been blessed with two baby showers (thank you Fellowship of the Hills and House of Prayer)
and shower gifts arrived from all over the place filled with love and thoughtfulness! I am still writing the thank you notes,
but please know that we appreciate each and every gift and card.  Thank you.
We have been blessed with two photo sessions, so we have new pictures with all 6 of us!!.  Thank you Leah Kelley and Lori Watson.
These will be used to update our webpage and contact cards.

We’re planning on visiting the Washington, N.C. area to share with friends there June 23-30th,
taking a week long First Responders Course in N. GA on July 4-8,
helping with VBS and attending camp the 11-15th,
celebrating Madeline’s birthday the 11th,
taking a week to clean up and pack the 17-23
and celebrating Amy and Elijah’s birthdays,
then heading down to FL to see family and friends.
Finally we plan on flying out of Miami sometime around the 31st of July.In the meantime, we are packing clothes for our next term, watching airline ticket prices,
looking for a Spanish School in Cuenca, getting everyone’s home school books packed and signing Madeline up with Liberty University Online.

What are some specific ways that you can help?
Pray.
Pray for God to give us wisdom and favor.
Pray that He will be our comfort as we leave our home & family and return to our host country of Ecuador.
Consider making a one time gift towards our airfare.
Pray for our parents and grandparents.
Pray about helping cover some of the education costs incurred from Liberty University or the Language School.
Pray about making a trip to serve with us in Ecuador.
Consider making a one time gift towards the purchase of a vehicle and registration in Ecuador.
After more than four years on the field , we will be taking 2 taxis now to fit us all until a car is provided!
Pray about partnering with us financially on a monthly basis.
Pray for the ministries: English/Bible classes, mentoring, the work at the orphanage, aquaponics, working with the pastors and churches and outreach.

Having a Missions Conference or International Fair? Would you like to help share what is happening with So All May Know and what we are doing in Ecuador?
We now have a box ready to mail to you that includes a tablecloth, photographs, jewelry and display items. Use it and return to our contact here in the States. Easy-peasy!

We are so thankful to have had this time in the States.  We wish we could stay longer and visit with each and every one of you!
Thank you for being a part of the work in Ecuador.

So All May Know,
The Studebakers
Eric, Amy. Madeline, Abigail. Elijah and Malachi

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December 16, 2015 at the SIP Ministry Center

Eric with some of his students at the SIP!

Amy Carter Studebaker's photo.