What a year… and it’s not done yet! (part 1)

NOVEMBER 21, 2017

Hi friends here is a summary of what the Lord has been doing since our last update. This is part 1. In part 2 we will share some family and La Fuente updates…

For the last few years we have been working and praying for La Fuente to start a Mercy Network in our city in partnership with Children’s Hunger Fund. This September the Lord answered all those years of prayers and we had the privilege of hosting over a dozen churches that received the “Rethink Mercy” training needed to launch the new Quito Mercy Network. Please pray as we should be receiving a container in the next few months. Pray for all the churches in the network to faithfully preach the gospel as they practice biblical church based mercy work in our city. Please pray especially for a dear brother and faithful servant at LF named Diego, who is coordinating this network.

A bonus of the trip was getting to spend time with my dear friend Mario (from my Master’s University days) and getting to serve along the CHF team as they did training in the coast to the existing Mercy Network there.

Much is going on in the area of Biblical Counseling

We were invited to help a dear group of saints with a biblical counseling conference with Dr. John Street in Santiago de Chile. I (Juan) had the opportunity to translate, teach at the conference and also record a Q&A session for an online class that La Fuente ran for the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors.


We also had our first intensive week of training with the visit of Dr. Jim Fain from Rod and Staff Ministries.These training is divided in two parts:1. A basics of biblical counseling group open to anyone interested in getting equipped in biblical counseling. We had over a hundred people representing various churches, schools, etc. Please pray as our next intensive week is planned for January or February and we are looking for a qualified instructor.

 

 

 

 

 

2. An advanced track for those that have taken our basic class. We also talked with various churches in other parts of Ecuador and the region that tuned in through live-stream.

For each of the two tracks students received class resources that included booklets by Dr. Jim Newheiser (thankful for the discount and help from POIEMA) and “Trusting God” from Jerry Bridges.

Translation work. By God’s grace we have seen a growing number of biblical counseling and practical theology books translated into Spanish. On the other hand some key resources such as observation videos and practical materials to be used in counseling are still in need. We are currently working with IBCD to translate the observations. We are praying as we think that ideally we would love to have a team that is constantly translating materials.

I am (Jota) currently in the last phase of ACBC certification. I get the opportunity to have a weekly Skype call with an ACBC fellow. My supervisor is Dr. Keith Palmer (btw, If you were not able to listen to his plenary session at the latest ACBC conference, I highly recommend you to listen to it). During my weekly time with Dr. Palmer, I get to learn from a seasoned and wise biblical counselor who helps me grow and improve in my counseling. This time has become the highlight of my week! I also see the need for this kind of training to be available in Spanish. Please pray for that in the future!

Pastoral and leadership training– As you may know. Three times a year, La Fuente partners with our friends from Compassion Connection to provide a leadership training module. By God’s grace the last module was a great success and we are excited for what God will do next. We are  excited that we again get the opportunity to have dear friends coming to partner with us for our  module in early February. Please pray for that.

We want to ask you to pray especially for pastor Guido and Iglesia Cristiana Fuente de Vida (on the right of the picture above). In God’s sovereignty, Guido and Jota connected and Jota has been mentoring Guido as he pastors those dear saints.

Please pray as I have been doing a devotional that airs two times a week in the local Christian TV station (and is also streamed online if you want to practice your Spanish).

Finally, Jota was selected with a small group of Spanish speaking pastors to attend a IX Marks International Intensive in Washington D.C. in March next year. The program will cover transportation, accommodation, food and resources. We are prayerfully looking for someone that might be willing to give miles or help us with a plane ticket (most likely LAX to DCA or BWI).

That for now… tomorrow, we will post part 2, in which we will share about our family (Jota, Marissa, and Willow) and our church family (la Fuente) that we love dearly. I can tell you that the update will include a bunch of pictures of little Willow and you won’t want to miss it!

Also, as you consider Giving Tuesday, please consider partnering with us.

In the last two years, we have seen the Lord’s hand of provision since for 5 years we never met our support level. For the last two years we have not only met our support level, but dear people have also encouraged us with various opportunities to be encouraged and equipped. We are not sure what God is doing but we are excited. The ministry is growing and at this point we are looking for partners for the various ministries that we have shared previously.

If you prayerfully would like to partner with what the Lord is doing and helping financially please consider going to the DONATE page of the site or you can contact us if you have further questions.

We love you,

Los Moncayos

An update that we forgot to post

NOVEMBER 21, 2017

Update from May, 2017
Posted in our Facebook group. Email us if you would want to join.

Hi friends!
God is gracious and we just got back from a busy, fun, needed, time in the U.S. where by God’s grace, I was able to graduate Seminary.  For now a few important prayers requests.

1. We have a visiting team from Cornerstone Church in Jackson WY. This team will help us host a small retreat for our leadership, help with various projects and they have the key task to bring some school supplies and a car part for my truck that is incredibly expensive in Ecuador. Please pray that they won’t have issues in customs as they arrive tonight.

2. We are helping ACBC with their first ever online training. Please pray and share if you know of any Spanish speaking brothers or sisters that might be interested.

“ACBC is partnering with BCDASoCal and iglesia La Fuente (Quito-Ecuador) to host an international Spanish Online Training course this summer. This Fundamentals Track will cover a wide range of topics such as marriage conflict, parenting, depression, anxiety, and psychiatric issues. If you know of anyone who would benefit from taking the Online Summer Spanish course, you can send them this weblink with more information. The course begins June 5th, 2017.” https://biblicalcounseling.com/resources/espanol/

3. Pastoral and leadership training. We are hosting our second Module of training next week. Eric Davis will be teaching discipleship from the Trellis and the Vine, I will be teaching Hermeneutics and Steve Youngren will be teaching family of the leader. Also, please pray as this week, our partners Compassion Connection are running a similar training from people outside of the city in their training center in Lasso.

4. Prayer for health. I (Juan) rarely get sick, but i have been fighting a weird, super strong cold since returning from the U.S. Right now, my left ear is clogged and I am not feeling that great. My Dr. said that it should pass soon. Please pray.

5. Studies show that Ecuador is one of the countries with the highest rates of teen pregnancies and the divorce rate has gone up sharply in the last decade. As a church, we are doing a short series on Song of Solomon to provide a biblical view of the topic of intimacy and relationships.

6. Please pray for our dear friends Cate and Noah as they transitioning their family back to the States in about a month. They have faithfully served and we are sad to see them go, but excited to see how God will use them back in the U.S.

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Starting a new year

FEBRUARY 23, 2017

Hi dear friends and family,

We’ve started 2017 and as it has become a tradition, we had our annual member’s meeting at La Fuente. A dear sister from the church put together the video below. We are in awe and praising God for what He did in a really busy and exciting year.

We praise God as….

  1. La Fuente moved to a new locale
  2. La Fuente launched 2 new community groups
  3.  We were able to clear our first container with CHF and the start of a Mercy Network in Quito
  4. We hosted another module of pastoral and leadership training with our friends of Compassion Connection.
  5. The launching of the Biblical Counseling class (and the request of other churches in the country and region wanting for us to provide them with the material)
  6. La Fuente started a partnership with a local soup kitchen
  7. The church took a trip to our daughter/sister plant in the jungle
  8. And many things more!

Please take a moment to see the following video!

News and how you can you be praying for us.

  1. Continue to pray for our family. Baby Willow is such a joy and we are loving being parents to this little one. Pray that we would continue to work hard on our first ministry that is our little family.
  2. I am preaching (J) through 1 Peter and it has been such a blessing to see how La Fuente is interacting with God’s Word. The church is growing in having an eternal perspective and an identity as exiles of this earth.
  3. Please pray for wisdom in my role (J) as pastor of La Fuente in a season of a lot of changes and transition. Please also pray for wisdom as our dream of seeing LF as the launching pad to help other churches locally is starting to become a reality.
  4. With the help of some partners and the church, I am going to Shepherds Conference with two brothers from LF (one of them is an elder candidate). We have a busy agenda! Also pray for other brothers that couldn’t make it because they couldn’t get visas. We pray we can have a group from LF in the future!
  5. Pray for wisdom as we navigate the various opportunities with Biblical Counseling. In the next few months, we are helping ACBC run their first ever Spanish Phase 1 training online. Also, in April we are providing a Biblical Counseling Course  that includes not only the video classes, but reading, memorization, projects, etc. At this point we have 6 churches in 2 Latin American countries excited to start!
  6. We have been praying for opportunities to see Ecuadorian brothers and sisters grab a hold of God’s heart for the nations. God seems to be starting to answer that prayer as recently a few young men have been asking about missions and I was invited to go to Kusel, Germany to visit a missionary internship program. Pray for wisdom and clarity as we consider this as a great opportunity for Ecuadorian men and women to get a cross-cultural experience.
  7. As mentioned previously, La Fuente is going through a growth spurt and with it there are many transitions. Some key leaders are transitioning in different ways and we pray and trust that God will raise up leaders for his church.

Love you guys! Please feel free to email us if you would want more information or if you just want to say hi. It’s always great to hear from you!

Grace and peace,

J, Marissa and Willow

P.S. Thank you for partnering with us!