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WOMEN'S MINISTRY EVENTS
We look forward to connecting with you this Saturday, September 17th for our second discussion of Pilgrim's Progress. We will be meeting at Bovan's house (2499 N La Salle Gardens) at 9am.
Here are some questions to reflect on as you read and help you prepare for our discussion:
1. Which allegory resonated with you the most and why?
2. Did any portion convict you of something in your own life? If so, what and how so?
3. How did you notice the promises of God from Scripture on display as Christian is on his journey? How have you experienced any of these promises in your own life?
4. Any questions or confusing parts you'd like to discuss?
Praying for our time together!
For those who don't have the materials for the discussion, below are options.
Here is one option to buy:
Also, here is a free (!!) option for Kindle: (note, we will only be covering part 1)
We hope you can join us!
Text for Sunday
Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
and those who love it will eat its fruits.
MISSIONS UPDATE FROM FAMILY ABROAD
Matthias and I are at the Chicago airport waiting to fly back home to Ecuador today. We made a quick trip back for my brother’s wedding. Matthias is currently writing a book about fish so I figured it would be a good time to write as well. Along with us, today a team of 8 from supporting churches in Hancock, Grand Rapids, Rothbury, and Minneapolis will also be flying down to Ecuador and we will all meet together in Quito tonight. We will make our way to our town of Guayzimi and next week will be holding an evangelistic English camp for the kids in our town. Please pray for us all as we seek to serve our neighbors and speak of Christ! If you would like to contribute to help cover expenses involved with the camp, there is a separate giving link below.
The last few months have been busy with preaching, children’s ministry in La Wantza, home school, and building our house. We’ve been talking with an established church in Catamayo (a city about 4 hours away) and they want to get involved with supporting the ministry in Nangaritza County – the area where we live. Pastor Junior and his family came to stay us a couple weeks ago to get to know the area, the ministry, and the other believers here. We were all encouraged, and excited that they are planning to send a team next Friday on the last day of the camp to help us with the graduation program. We’ll be honoring the kids for their hard work, sharing testimonies, preaching the gospel, singing songs, and doing some gospel-centered skits for the kids and parents in our town.
Ray and Bobbi cruising down the Nangaritza River
We also had a visit from Ray and Bobbi Glinski from our mission organization To Every Tribe. Ray is the Vice President of Sending and Planting. We were excited to show them around, open the Scriptures with some local friends, and discuss the work that we’ve done and what lies ahead.Birthday party for a friend in Guayzimi
The garage/workshop is almost done and we are working on the foundations for the house
Our church has been growing in grace as we continue to preach Christ crucified. Several unbelieving friends have been coming off and on, and I’ve been talking with the workers who are helping build our house about the gospel. We are praying that God will save them! The children’s ministry in La Wantza also continues to go well with a lot of kids coming to play games, hear Bible stories, and memorize verses. Please join us in prayer for our great God to do his work of salvation in the lives of our friends and neighbors around us!The Stroup kiddos
Matthias' team won the championship
Celebrating the 4th of July with the Downs
We want to thank all of our brothers and sisters who support us in our efforts to proclaim the glories of Christ to the people of Nangaritza County, Ecuador! May He receive all the glory.
With love and affection,
English Camp giving link (select Ecuador Field Fund in the Designation box): www.toeverytribe.org/fieldfunds
Stroup giving link: www.toeverytribe.org/450350