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We are excited to be planning our FOURTH year of Agape Christmas where we will provide Christmas for hundreds of at-risk children in Ecuador.

The children who participate in this event are all children who attend various social ministries throughout Ecuador. These are children who live in the poorest conditions you can imagine. Many of them work in the streets to help their families get by. These children greatly appreciate the gifts they receive and will cherish them.

Last year, one item we gave each child was a sweater with a Bible verse printed on it. This is the favorite shirt for many of them as they have worn it frequently throughout the year. The smiles on their faces as they receive these simple gifts are priceless. It is such a joy for us to be able to be the arms of Jesus extended to these children for this special day.

We may be the ones here to receive the hugs, but this huge endeavor is only made possible with YOUR support. The cost for these gifts is only $20 per child. Please consider sponsoring a child or several this year to help us spread God’s love.

Only $20 per Sponsorship - Donate Here

Blessings,

Bobby, Tamitha, Jordan, Jonathan & James

You may donate online here or mail donations to PO Box 2106, Anniston, AL 36202. Church of God World Missions Project M:25 #102-9249

Local News Article

Having been raised in Anniston, Alabama, both Bobby and I were a bit surprised to receive notice that our local newspaper wanted to write a feature article on our family. It was a great trip down memory lane as we shared with the writer our story of how this journey happened. If you have ever wondered how we ended up in Ecuador, you might enjoy this article. (read here)

Training Children’s Workers

Recently, Tamitha and Jordan had the opportunity to visit Guayaquil (a large city on the coast of Ecuador) and help teach in a training session for children’s ministers from a variety of local churches. This conference, led by Danny and Peggy Thornton, offered a free, week-long training session to 600 people. Tamitha and Jordan were able to teach about using music and games in children’s ministry. It was great to see the people getting into learning the motions and playing the messy games. More importantly, it was great to talk with many individually, who shared that they had learned many things that would be helpful in improving their children’s ministry.

At the end of the day, the conference attendants dressed up as either a mime, clown or held a puppet. Then we all, more than 600 strong, marched several blocks through the heart of the city to reach the boardwalk. At the boardwalk, they practiced their newly learned skills doing outdoor evangelism, setting a precedent for the first Christian group to be granted permission for such an event in this location. Forty-five people accepted Christ as a result of this outreach.

This has opened the door for our team to travel to other locations and help with such training events. Tamitha was recently asked to serve as the leader for the 4/14 Window Network within our region of Ecuador. This means organizing more training events for those working in children’s ministry and helping to assure that each church recognizes the importance of reaching the children for Christ.

Spotlight on Agua Viva Kids

Pakarina (8), Giovanna (6), and Giovanni (4) are three children who attend the Agua Viva Kids Club. The three children are very well behaved and energetic. They are happy children and quite thankful for what they have.

The other day I walked them home after Kids Club. When I entered their home, I was shocked by their living conditions. They live in a two-room home. One room is the kitchen, and the other room is a bedroom for all 8 people in their home.

Recently, their mother had a difficult time giving birth to twin girls. When I visited, the twin girls were happily asleep even though it was quite noisy in the home. There was a special bond with all the children, and I could see that they were thankful in spite of these conditions. Pray for Pakarina, Giovanna, and Giovanni. May God’s peace and love continue to abide in them.

I thank God that He gave me the opportunity to meet and bond with all three of them. They are a joy to hear as they giggle and laugh out loud when I take photos of them with the funny effects on Photobooth. They are quite sweet and always greet me with a big hug. Pray that they will accept Christ as He will provide a better future for them. I am pleased to say that Pakarina, the eldest knows that she wants to study medicine. She seems quite focused and decided on her career, and she is only 8!

Written by Michelle Alvarez

(Michelle serves as the chaplain, art teacher, and curriculum developer at Agua Viva Kid’s Club.)

Women’s Ministry is Birthed

During the past few months, a women’s ministry, led by Jan Waldrop, has been birthed at Agua Viva for the women of the community. Jan is a retired teacher from Tennessee who has also spent her life serving in missions with her husband. She moved here to help with our ministry while her husband continues to travel and work and the seminary.

The women gather twice a month and participate in a variety of workshops like cooking classes, exercise and art projects. This has provided us an opportunity to minister in the lives of these women as they share details of their life struggles.

These workshops also help us build bonds with the community members. They get to hear about and SEE the love of Christ.  It has proven to be a great help in breaking down the barriers of some in the community who are resistant to our message.

Please pray that this group will continue to grow in number and especially that they may be receptive to the power of God in their lives.

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