From the Pillman’s — serving in Ecuador

Pillman's Thank You 9-8-14

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Dear Friends of the WMF,

The last Sunday in August the church held a picnic and opening service for the new school year at the Aletheia Bible School. It was a time of celebration and thanksgiving for the new facility and students which the Lord had provided for this coming year.  We will be assisting in various ways throughout the coming 10 months.  The purpose of the school is for yound people to study God’s Word and to become more like Jesus.  Thank you for giving and being a part of this exciting work the Lord is doing!

Love in Christ,

Justo, Tricia
Nathanael & Hannah


Ecuador Update from Amanda Bellefy

I was reading my devotions this morning from Colossians 3 and was reminded to “set my mind on things above, not on things on the earth”.  This is an important reminder for me as so many changes have been happening.  The good news is that they have only been changes on this earth. It’s comforting to know that God never changes and that I can put my trust fully in Him.  So as I say that, I praise God and also ask for your prayers.

We have moved into our new school location and have 4 students at the present, with 1 more coming in a couple of weeks.  Please pray for Patricio, a young man who is still struggling with the decision of whether he should come or not.  Rachel (the administrator) and I worked all last week to get the school/house ready and we were ready just in time.  We started classes on Monday and I have already taught two English classes.  I’m impressed by how much English my students already know, so I can focus more on conversation and help them develop the language.

Please be praying for my visa.  The time is drawing nearer and nearer until my current visa expires-November 14.  I have to have all of my paperwork presented in the beginning of October and the church’s registration papers still haven’t been signed.  I was told that they changed management again.  Whatever the case, please pray for a miracle because I need to make a decision on what to do in a few weeks.  I’ve been looking at schools in case I need to get a student visa.  I would really appreciate your prayers in this matter, for wisdom and direction.

Praise God that I have been healthy and have been able to build relationships with the people here.  My Spanish is slowly improving, but I still have a ways to go.  I swam in the ocean for the first time in my life and felt my first earthquake.  I’m learning to cook the food here and all last week I cooked without recipes-gasp!  All in all, my experience here has been a blessing and I want to thank you for your support, your prayers, your notes of encouragement, and your friendship.

In Christ,
Amanda Bellefy

Are You A Cowgirl?

By Lynn Wellumson

My friend’s niece was taken to AFLBS this weekend to begin her studies.  I am thrilled for her and the other students who have the opportunity to sit underthe teaching and training in God’s Word on a daily basis.

I flashed back to the fall day in 1976 before I packed my bags and headed to AFLBS.  There was a cattle drive and the owners were desperate for horseback riders to help bring the herd to a corral where they could be safely loaded.  School had already started at the local high school and everyone seemed to be busy.  My dad was planning on helping and in his usual way looked around for volunteers.  He asked me if I would be willing.  While I said “yes” we both knew my horseback riding skills were minimal at best.  We mutually decided that I would stay in the back and ride the horse aptly named Patsy.  It was a fall day that showcased the best of western South Dakota.  No wind, temperature perfect.  It was a real adventure as the entire process of convincing cattle to move in the right direction went flawlessly.  I always enjoyed dad’s company and I really was excited to be a member of the team.

At our last stop, traffic had been stopped to allow the cattle to cross without breaking stride.  While I sat waiting, a man came running out of his car, snapped a picture of me and called out to his wife, “Honey, I got a picture of a real cowgirl”.  I was so stunned at his mischaracterization of me that I couldn’t even holler out, “You are wrong”.

As fall programs kick off in our churches, perhaps God is calling you to fill a position you don’t feel qualified to accomplish.  Out of love for my dad, I willingly did something I didn’t feel qualified for.  Out of love for your Heavenly Father, seek His guidance and direction. Since God created mankind, He has used mere mortal efforts to accomplish His works!

Philippians 4:13 (ESV)  “I can do all things though Him who strengthens me.”