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energy without reserve, but have not love, I gain nothing.
       Love endures long hours of language study, and is kind to those who mock his/her accent; love does not envy those who stayed home; love does not exalt his home culture, is not proud of his national superiority,
       Does not boast about the way they do it back home, love does not seek his own ways, is not easily provoked into telling about the beauty of his home country, does not think evil about this new culture;
       Love bears all criticism about his home culture, believes all good things about this new culture, confidently anticipates being at home in this new place, endures all inconveniences,
      Love never fails: but where there is cultural anthropology, it will fail, where there is contectualization it will lead to syncretism; where there is linguistics, it will change.
     For we know only part of the culture and we minister to only part.
        But when Christ is reproduced in this culture, then our inadequacies will be insignificant.
        When I was in America, I spoke as an American, I understood as an American, I thought as an American; but when I left America, I put away American things.
        Now we adapt to this culture awkwardly; but He will live in it intimately: now I speak with a strange accent, but He will speak to the heart.
       And now these three remain: cultural adaptation, language study, and love.
       But the greatest of these is love. 
                                                                (Author Unknown)

Lord, in whatever we do for you, let our motive always be fueled by LOVE.
     Go out and love somebody in His name. Bless them like Jesus would if He were still walking this earth because you are His representative.                                                       

       " A merry heart does good, like medicine"           

Proverbs 17:15a (NKJ)

Dear Friends and Family:
     Hope you had a great Thanksgiving, as we did.  We drove up to Tulsa, Oklahoma to visit JoAnna's cousin, Cecilia, her husband Henry and their children, Zulekha and Matthew.  They both just graduated from Rhema Bible Institute this spring and will be entering full time ministry. 
     We would like to thank them for their hospitality. Cecilia and Henry would hardly let us pay for a meal.  I was also blessed by Matthew and Zulekha.  You can really see someone's spirituality by looking at their kids, because our kids reflect who we really are. 
   We recently received word from Ecuador.  JoAnna and I had been waiting for some more information to help in our preparation.  We learned that they have a lot of work to do and we will be kept busy. 
     I will be going down to Ecuador within eight weeks to "spy the land." 
Don't worry, I am coming back with big grapes! 
     
I plan to be there for about three weeks.  Please keep me in your prayers as I will have a lot to do.  They will have me traveling around preaching, and trying to look for a place to live for the family as well.  I

You might be a missionary if:

  • You can't answer the question, "Where are you from?"
  • You read National Geographic and recognize someone.
  • You watch a nature documentary and think about how good that animal would taste if it were fried.
  • You can cut grass with a machete but you can't start a lawnmower.
  • Someone brings up the name of a team and you get the sport wrong.
  • You know how to pack.
  • Fitting 15 or more people into one car seems normal to you.
  • You haggle with the checkout clerk at Wal-Mart for a lower price.
  • You marvel at the cleanliness of gas station restrooms.
  • You've spoken in dozens of churches but aren't a pastor.                                       (Author Unknown)
                                     
      The anecdote above was e-mailed to us by our friends and fellow C.F.N.I. graduates, Jim and Shiloh Nowlin. 
       The Nowlins are a young couple, like us, with a one and a half year old son named Ranen.  This December they will be moving
indefinitely to a remote area in Botswana, Africa as full-time missionaries.  We love and deeply respect them and couldn't help but mention them to you.   They are just one example of the many incredibly special people we have had the blessing of knowing.   
   
  To Jim and Shiloh - You've been an inspiration to us. We love you guys and will keep you in our prayers always.  This is not good-bye for good, but just until we see you again...

       "And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love."             

1 Corinthians 13:13 (NKJ)

      This is known as the cross-culture version of 1st Corinthians, chapter 13.  It speaks directly to missionaries...but does include every believer.  Whether you are a pastor, teacher, businessman or homemaker, try substituting different words to fit your own life.         
       If I speak with the tongue of a national, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or clanging cymbal.
       If I wear the national dress and understand the culture and all forms of etiquette, and if I copy all mannerisms so that I could pass for a national but have not love, I am nothing.
       If I give all my possessions to the poor, and if I spend my       

In the spirit of giving, we pray that our newsletters will be a source of
encouragement to you.

May God continue to richly bless you.

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   Incarnation

"The Lord is in His holy house"-
Oh, grace beyond describing,
That Christ in me should please to dwell-
Immanuel residing!
"My soul doth magnify the Lord,"
I sing with lowly Mary,
That God should choose to enter in
    This
              humble sanctuary! 


Not now in little Bethlehem,
As in the tender story;
Not now upon a mercy seat,
The bright
Shekinah glory,
But in the body of His saint
He maketh His residing,
Both He in me and I in Him
     In
              fellowship abiding.


Within my heart a burning bush,
Within, a mountain smoking;
This flesh of mine a temple veil,
The wondrous Presence cloaking;
Within this broken earthenware
A high and holy treasure:
Oh, mystery of mysteries!
     Oh, grace
              beyond all measure!


"The Lord is in His Holy house"-
Mysterious habitation!
I feel his presence here within
And offer my oblation.
Keep burning, incense of my soul!
Keep cleansing me, O Laver!
I want to serve and praise my God
     Forever
                 and forever! 

                          Anne Ortlund                                                                               

 

"...And His name will be called  Wonderful, Counselor,
Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."           
                                          Isaiah 9:6 (NKJ)

"For He Himself  (Jesus Christ) is our peace, who has made both (Jew and Gentile) one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation,
having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace,
and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity.
And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near.
For through Him we (Jew and Gentile believers) both have access by one spirit to the Father.
                                   Ephesians 2:12-18 (NKJ)

  As believers in Christ we automatically become God's Ambassadors of PEACE -- our job is to be reconcilers of men and women to God.   We invite you to join us as we recommit ourselves to this call.   We have determined not to allow  language,  race,  ethnic origin,  religion,  gender,  age,  or  social status be a stumblingblock to us or a tool for the enemy.  It is our resolve to let nothing keep us from obeying God's command to "Go therefore and make

Special Note:
     We are very excited at where God is taking us, and we are looking for people to partner with us and share in the vision.  If you have a heart for reaching people, or feel that God wants you to be involved with us in this ministry, there are a few ways you can help.
      Most importantly, we need prayer covering.  We need the confidence that comes from knowing that are friends are praying for us and are available for us to bring prayer requests to.  We believe that a strong foundation of prayer is powerful and crucial to achieving God's ministry.
     Also, we need financial supporters.  Our budget for Ecuador is $1200 a month and we will be needing a lot of help with that.  We are hoping for people who feel led to support us monthly.
      If you feel God wants you to be a part of this ministry, we have enclosed a detachable form for prayer and donation responses, along with an envelope
that can be returned to Koinonia Ministries on our behalf.  We are very grateful for your love, support, and friendship and we are excited to enter into this call the Lord has prepared for us.                             
Prayer Requests:

  • Pray that the remaining monthly support we need will come in soon.

Our prayer for you
is that every member of your
family will experience God's
JOY, LOVE, and PEACE this Holiday

"Mission Ecuador" is a newsletter written and designed by John & JoAnna Eldredge.

Our current address is 3521 Fawn Valley Dr., #2006, Dallas, Texas 75224. 
Or you can e-mail us at:
Eldred123@aol.com
Check out our new updated "Mission Ecuador" website at: http://members.tripod.com/johnandjoanna

While in Ecuador, mail within the U.S. will be forwarded to us by Paul & Cathy Lawrence, 28188 Moulten Drive, #2327, Laguna Niguel, California 92677.

We are supported through Koinonia Apostolic Ministries, 705 East Pine Street, Orlando, Florida 32801.  Tax deductible contributions sent to Koinonia for our support must be made out to Koinonia Ministries, specifying that it is for the Eldredges.


Until All Have Heard,

John and JoAnna

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