"Train up a child in the way he should go and even when he is old he will not depart from it."
Madeleine Graduates from 6th Grade
Here, in Ecuador, graduating from the 6th grade is a big deal! Madeleine has successfully finished the 6th grade with many accomplishments and we are super proud of her and Patrick both! She was asked to give a speech during the graduation and she did a great job. She was given a Spanish/English Bible as a gift from the school. We ask for prayers as we enter into a year of intentional disciplining as she makes her way to 13!
Many of our close friends who have been serving here in Quito for many years have left Ecuador and are returning to the states. This transition is difficult. Please pray for our hearts as we begin the new school year without them. Also, pray we are able to connect with a great group of new missionaries moving in!
Our Kids are Spending 6 Weeks in the States with Friends and Family!
Our hope was to return to the States as a family this summer, but due to work commitments and a lack of funds it just wasn't possible for the 4 of us to go...so we decided to allow the kids to go spend much needed time with friends and family for 6 weeks! What were we thinking?? We have missed them so so much, but we know they are having a blast and it is much needed! They enjoy their time living in Ecuador, but it is very difficult being so far away from friends and family. We are looking forward to their return...along with Mema and Aunt B!!
We Welcomed 2 Precious Visitors!!
We welcomed 2 sweet visitors during June/July! April came to serve with a mission team and extended her stay to spend time with our family! April and Brandy became great friends during their first mission trip to Ecuador in 2013! Their friendship has blossomed into such a beautiful relationship and we are so thankful for April! She was kind enough to fly back to the states with our kiddos! We showed her around Quito a bit and enjoyed long talks over Ecuadorian food and coffee! :)
We met Caroline at the airport the same night we said goodbye to our children for the next 6 weeks...which was a huge blessing! She is a precious soul and we enjoyed spending time with her! This was her first mission trip and God worked through her in beautiful ways! We love you Caroline!
Serving with the Four Points/Restore 17 Team from Acworth, Georgia
We had an amazing time of fellowship with the team from Four Points Church and Restore 17 in Acworth, Georgia! We met the founders of Restore 17 on our first family trip to Ecuador the summer of 2014 while we were serving at an orphanage here. We have become great friends and partners in ministry. The work they have done in the past has been mainly with orphan care, but the pastors visited us early this year in Rocafuerte and felt a desire to contribute more time and energy in this community, as well. There were so many moments where God revealed Himself to this group and many of these stories are too deep to even understand via this update. We shared a very special time with the team and translators! We are excited to meet up with the translators in the future to develop deeper relationships with them.
The team spent 2 days serving with Myrna and Gustavo in Rocafuerte and 1 day at the orphanage in Esmeraldas. One of the young men on the team who aged out of the boys home last year experienced God in ways I can only imagine. He told us 1 day prior to leaving that he used to live in Rocafuerte. We were awed by this thought and wondered if he was serious. After serving for a few days he tells us "let me take you to show you where I used to live". Sure enough, he took his new mom and dad to the house he lived in for a short time and met his aunt and uncle. He invited them to the church the next day and they showed up! Only God can plan this! THEN, we went to the orphanage and he proceeds to tell us that he used to live there as well! It was a beautiful time of healing for him and we hope it's only the beginning of the story for all God will do in this young man's life.
We also developed a great friendship with our bus driver, Jorge. He tells us that he lived in the boys home that we worked with when he was a kid and he thanked us for all we were doing there and it meant a lot to him to see people who truly care for these kids.
There were 2 baptisms while we were on the coast, too! During our long bus rides a team member who is gifted in music led worship and it was such a beautiful time.
We are so grateful for opportunities to work with other ministries who share our same heart and same vision. When the body of Christ comes together...amazing things are birthed!
Scott has been meeting with one of the pastors from our church and another missionary for discipleship training. They are a group of guys who have a huge heart for discipling other people, so they are meeting to study the Bible and learn more about what it says about discipleship. They are able to encourage each other through the process of seeking out individuals God has placed in their path and being intentional in discipling them!
Mission Trip with the girls from Casa Adalia
We will be leaving this Friday to travel back to the coastal communities of Esmeraldas and Rocafuerte with the sweet girls from Casa Adalia to serve for a few days. We are excited about this opportunity to share time with the girls and allow them to serve others with their gifts and talents and for the Lord to speak through them to communicate with the young ladies living on the coast. Please pray for safety and health, as well as, incredible spiritual growth!
We are going to try to be more diligent about uploading updates to our facebook page more frequently so make sure you follow our page for that. Sometimes we get so caught up in the moments of ministry that we lack the time to post updates and photos. We will try to be better at this :)
Thank you all for your continued prayers and support!
Many Blessings - The Murphys
We believe we are called to Know Jesus Christ, Live His Word, and Declare God's Glory! So that's what we are going to do! Join us on our Journey!