Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Evangelistic Basketball Camp in Guapulo

What an incredible opportunity to go into a little town called Guapulo, a town without a single gospel witness, and share God's word through basketball. Jeff, Jordan and Lukas were invited in June to play a basketball game with their team in this little neighborhood. It was the FIRST game ever played on the brand new court. We started praying about how God might use this. In July, we were invited back to the inauguration of all the basketball teams - there were over 300 people present that day. We invited the town to come to a free basketball clinic where we would also share God's Word.

For the week, we were privileged to run daily clinics with 3 different age groups. We had a children's clinic and an adult clinic with more than 89 students. We are grateful for the help in this ministry that we have received from Pastor Eric May and his group Ira Baptist Church, Ira, VT. Our teammate Jason Maynard and his church, Willo-Hill Baptist Church, Willoughby, Oh, raised funds to help with purchasing materials and ongoing equipment for these camps. These churches both have a great heartbeat for reaching people for Christ. Ira Baptist were here on the ground helping us to conduct the basketball camp. Willo-Hill is a church that has a passion for sports ministry in their "Jerusalem" so they were behind us praying, encouraging, and providing us with funds so that we can do more of this ministry in the future.

Please pray for continued follow-up. We stop and visit from time to time. Our heartbeat is to open up a Bible study with some of the families and eventually see a church planted.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Meetings in the Park
In July we were privileged to have Pastor Mike Keeton from Faith Bible Church, Vineland, NJ, with us for vacation Bible School.  FBC helped with Pastor David Vasconez at La Iglesia Bautista El Calvario.  During the mornings we held meetings in the parks with puppets, music, singing and a gospel presentation.  What a beautiful image captured as even little hearts desire to talk to God.  We sent the team out to invite kids to the puppet show and Deanne came over the hill like the Pied Piper with 50 kids in tow!  We met one family praying for their sister who lives in NJ!  What a small world it is!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Our son, Jordan Jeffrey Davoll has completed his high school education. We praise the Lord for him, his testimony, and for this important step in his life. This is a great time of celebration in our lives as a family.

Jordan graduated here in Cumbaya in our new church, La Iglesia bautista de La Conexion de la Esperanza on Sunday afternoon June 5. It was a great day with our church family encouraging Jordan as he transitions from high school to college, from Ecuador to US, from home to away. We had 74 people present to celebrate with Jordan on his special day

The Pastor of our home sending church, Latham Bible Baptist, Pastor Dean Walter called to inivte Jordan to participate in the graduation ceremony of Latham Christian Academy on June 10. It was a real blessing as he had attended this school from second to eighth grade before we went into missions. He was able to reconnect with so many people. He thoroughly enjoyed the graduation with his grandparents and sister Bethany there with him, and we watched LIVE via skype.

Deanne's dad, Pastor Roger Ellison is working at Perth Bible Church and Jordan was able to be apart of their baccalaureate service on Sunday pm June 12, 2011. It was wonderful for this supporting church to include him in their ceremony. Thank you Pastor Appel and Pastor Ellison for this opportunity. Jordan enjoyed having cake at all three celebrations as well.

God has called Jordan into future ministry, and he will begin his preparation for ministry at the Word of LIfe Bible Institute this fall. He is working at a Christian camp this summer in NY.

Jordan's life verse is I Peter 5:7 "Cast all your cares upon him for he careth for you."

We praise the Lord for His work in Jordan's life.