About His work in grace…

  We thank God for His provision and guidance! Since our last post, both of our jobs have kept us quite busy. I (Matt) was able to coordinate campus improvement projects with the Point Loma Nazarene University LoveWorks team. We also had a day of child evangelism and community improvement in the La Gasca neighborhood of Quito, which is still recovering from a massive landslide that occurred...

Getting the Hang of it!

Friends time is flying by as this is our first update from Ecuador and we have already been here 5 weeks! There is great ministry occurring here and we want to give you all updates as briefly as possible. If you have any questions or want to know more about a particular ministry or story, please feel free to contact us! We would love to hear from you! Also please share how can we be praying for...

Long Anticipated News…

We are returning to Ecuador!  These last eight months have proved to be many things for us. Mountains, valleys, great times of joy, to anxiety and sadness. Our lives continue to be transformed by the Holy Spirit and throughout it all we remain faithful to the call God has set before us. And at the time of this writing, our return to Ecuador is one week away! As we have shared, while we have...

The Waiting Place

    First, WE MISS YOU ALL and sorry for the hiatus! We deeply appreciate your prayers and partnership in this ministry journey. Know that you are on our hearts and minds. Please continue to trust in the Lord with us and pray for His timing. ON TO THE UPDATE: In preparation for applying for our visas and since Andréa worked in the field of international documents she was able to reach...

Summer Semester Flying By!

     We have had many wonderful weeks here with our Nazarene International Language Institute (NILI) students this summer! Both Andréa and I were able to celebrate our birthdays and were blessed to celebrate with many cakes from our students and colleagues at NILI as well as our fellow missionaries here on campus! The past few weeks have included overnight trips for our NILI...

The Time Inbetween…

The month of May turned out to be an interesting one for the Hopsters. As we finished our Spring semester May 1st, we prepared to return to the U.S. for Matt's ordination in the Anaheim District. As with most international flights, we found ourselves in Miami for eight hours on a layover. This would prove to be challenging and the weeks that followed would be greatly changed. About a week after...

Three Months in Ecuador!!!

We have reached the three -month mark here in Quito, Ecuador on April 14th! What a month it has been since our last post. Long days, long nights, long trips, long weekends, and all totally worth it! Three months have flown by and we are looking forward to many more. We thankfully have received our visa extension for our initial six months here. We ask you to continue to pray as we are working on...

Heaven on Earth!

This past week we had the incredible experience of a lifetime! We had the opportunity to visit the Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador. We traveled to Santa Cruz (most populated island) with Pastora Lucy and the students in the NILI program. It was truly breathtaking, incredible, and hard to put into words the beauty of God's creation! We have a few pictures below but are hoping to make a...

Finding Our New Normal!

  We have had a busy few weeks here in Quito! Our students are in full semester mode and have faced some adversities. Along with the director, Andréa has been able to encourage the students as they push through some of these challenges. We have also been working on another project with both NILI (Nazarene Institute of Language Immersion) and the seminary itself. So apologies for the lack...

What a Wonderful Week!

Here are a few pictures of our week! Would you please continue to pray for our students, the NILI program and the families who assist in ministering with us to these students!   What an amazing week we have had! Last Friday we went to Basílica de Voto Nacional and the Church of La Compañía de Jesús. Each of these churches have unique historical value to the city of Quito! Basílica is...