God’s hand is clearly on Pastor Franco Loyola and Iglesia Bautista de la Fe. Our group has greatly enjoyed the fellowship of pastor Loyola and his family, as well as the gracious people of his church. His wife, Vanessa, and his two children Camila (19), a nursing student studying pediatric oncology at Pensacola Christian College, and Mateo (10) were wonderful hosts.
Pastor Loyola has such a passion for the great commission. In ten years, he has started ten churches, seven of which already have a national pastor. Please pray that God would send the right men to pastor the remaining three churches.
Santo Domingo is about eighty miles west of Quito and is home to over 300,000 people. They are very open to the Gospel and have a heart for the Lord. On Saturday we met many of the local people and even met the mayor while we were out to lunch.
The Holy Spirit moved during Sunday’s services with believers from all over the auditorium flooding the altar during the final invitation.
Pastor Deanda preached a powerful message on the transforming power of salvation and honoring God with our bodies, a temple of the Holy Ghost. The people were moved by the testimony of his being reached by soul winners as a nine-year-old boy and the Holy Spirit’s conviction that kept him from sin.
Pastor Tewell exhorted the church to be sure of their Salvation and showed them from the Bible evidence of salvation in the life of a believer. When a person trusts Christ, he should have a new desire to obey God, a new love for his brothers and sisters in Christ, and a new conviction from the Holy Spirit.
The hospitality of Pastor Loyola and the church was humbling. Despite having very little, the people are so giving of their time, their love, and their substance.
Please pray as they look to start a new church in the Galapagos islands. Their paperwork has been approved, but the government is not happy because the Bible directly contradicts their doctrine of evolution. Also pray that they will be able to find a church building in the city proper of Santo Domingo and that God would provide the funds for the rent.
Tomorrow our group will travel to the city of Ambato where we will get to minister with Pastor Galo. Please pray for safety as we travel to this new area.