October 30, 2017
An Ecuadorian Wedding
We were invited to a beautiful Ecuadorian wedding in Rocafuerte this month. Two different couples were getting married and it was such a humbling experience. One of the couples, we have grown to adore and consider them family. Carolina and Luis were married several years ago during a legal ceremony, but not inside the church. They have a beautiful son who they are raising in a Godly home. After we arrived for the ceremony, we were humbled by a surprise invitation to play an important role in their ceremony...Scott was asked to walk Carolina down the aisle! To know how much we care about this family and how much we have grown to love them...this was one of those experiences that we will never forget!
Scott is Coaching Volleyball
Volleyball season began in early September and just ended last week. Scott had a really awesome team of young men. He is really enjoying his time with them and hopes to make a lasting, eternal impact on their lives.
Madeleine also had a great 1st season as she learned so much!
Although it was a super amazing time...we are all happy to spend more family time together!
We have kicked off our monthly RefresHer gatherings for missionary women in our community. A friend of mine started this ministry several years ago and as her family was preparing to return to the states this past summer she ask if I would be willing to keep it going. We are having a blast! Please be in prayer that this would be a beautiful time for each of us to be refreshed and form a closer community.
So, I have this super amazing friend named April Brown who desires to devote her free time helping us raise much needed funds to continue our ministry here in Ecuador...and beyond! She worked tirelessly setting up and taking down at Riverfest and spent long, hot hours selling beautiful handmade goodies from Ecuador. I have NO DOUBT that each person who entered that booth was warmly welcomed...and if you were one of those people...THANK YOU!
If you are aware of any other opportunities to sell these beautiful items, please let us know!
Shop with Purpose! Upcoming Events
One way our ministry is supported is through the sales of Ecuadorian, Artisan-Made products! The artisans of Ecuador are some of the most gifted individuals I have ever met! They make everything from jewelry to hand-carved wooden bowls to alpaca ponchos and more! We can't think of a better way to raise funds for our ministry than purchasing directly from the folks we are serving here! We enjoy spending time with these artisans learning about their hopes and dreams and how we can play a small role in helping them reach their goals!
We have amazing friends who have offered to help us sell these products! There will be a booth at Community Christian School on November 4th if you would like to stop by and pick up a few Christmas gifts!
If you are reading this and you take the time to respond to this email with your full name and address I would like to send you a simple Thank You gift for taking the time to show interest in our ministry! We know your Inbox becomes flooded with emails, but you have taken the time to learn more about all that God is doing in Ecuador! Do you understand how much this means to us? We value your prayers and words of encouragement more than you will ever know or understand!
It can get lonely at times. The burdens we have for the people of this world are, sometimes, too much to bare...and a simple scripture being sent to our inbox would wake us up and allow us to realize we don't bare this burden alone!
Being away from our family is hard. Learning to adapt to an entirely new culture is hard. Working many hours and not being able to rely on a steady paycheck...is hard. Seeing hardships all over this world and not being able to snap our fingers and it all be 'good' is hard. But, God didn't say our life would be easy...and for this we will press on. We will press on because God has never left us! We know without a shadow of a doubt He walks with us step by step and He has sent us to serve here in Ecuador. Through every trial we face we learn so much more about Who our Heavenly Father is and just how much He loves us. We are so thankful He has chosen us to be His hand and feet...and for this season...on another continent, in another country...in Ecuador.
Y'all, we live in a broken world. We see the brokenness all around us. We can't escape it. Sometimes, it leaves us feeling hopeless...overwhelmed...angry...sad. I was recently asked by one of our girls at Casa Adalia why God allows so much heartache and troubles. That can be a super tough question...especially coming from someone who has been through so much in her young life. For me personally, I know that each and every trial I have faced has taught me so much more about my Heavenly Father. I have learned from these trials and have been able to share my experience with others to give them hope. What we must know is that the Lord Jesus Christ is our One True Hope. I challenge you to turn your mess into a message and your tests into a testimony.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support!
The Murphy Family
10/30/2017 03:41:19 pm
So glad to hear from you guys!
10/30/2017 06:27:35 pm
Thank you, sir! We sure miss you! I hope you are doing super!
10/30/2017 04:13:26 pm
Love you guys! Prayers continuing.
10/30/2017 06:28:37 pm
We love you guys! Thank you so much for your continued love and support!
10/30/2017 06:13:52 pm
I am praying for you all and your work!
10/30/2017 06:29:32 pm
Thank you so much for your love and support! I enjoyed meeting with you so much! I would love to hear an update!! Blessings!
10/31/2017 09:18:09 am
Scott and Brandi - mark forwarded this news letter this AM. It is so encouraging how God is using you. I am especially encouraged by the Christmas dinner for prostitution victims - please let me know if there is anything Amy and I can do to help with this. I also noticed you are selling items from there to raise money. We would like to help in this as well. Praying for you all.
10/31/2017 11:26:16 am
Love and miss you guys! Wishing you every peace and happiness as you open your hearts to all those in need around you. It can’t be easy to see so many in need; hang in there and continue to do what you guys do so well — light up the hearts and souls around you with your kind, loving ways. Praying for you as you continue your adventure! xoxo
11/1/2017 05:09:42 pm
Hi Brandi. You don't know me but we do attend Life Bible Church. I enjoyed reading your newsletter and would like you to know that I will be praying for you and your family during this time of adjustment and for your ministry there in Ecuador. God has opened doors for you there and He will bless your efforts as you continue to seek and to serve Him. Be encouraged. :) Pam
11/6/2017 11:44:56 am
Thanks for the update! We continue to pray for you all!
11/7/2017 07:31:12 am
Love you guys so much!! You amaze me! God rejoices over you and your faithfulness! What amazing work you are doing for His Kingdom!
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