We began our morning examining Paul’s philosophy of ministry as recorded in 1 Thessalonians 2. We observed that Paul was bold (2:2) while still being gentle (2:7). Paul was motherly (2:7) while also being fatherly (2:11). Paul never employed words of flattery (2:5) nor did he conduct his gospel ministry as a pretext for greed – either financial greed or greed for glory and praise (2:5-6).
He persevered in the face of incredible hardship in order to see that the gospel sounded forth. We were challenged to by Paul’s example to likewise persevere so that the gospel could proceed whether in Ecuador or at home.
Today, the students led much of the church service in Carmen Bajo. The believers meet in a small room with wooden benches and a tin roof. Along with another Ecuadorian believer, the students led the singing of praises to God. It was a beautiful experience to listen to Canadian teenagers singing praises to King Jesus along with the voices of Ecuadorian believers of all ages.
After bidding farewell to the believers at the church, we had lunch and then spent some time at a local market where students had the opportunity to purchase souvenirs.