The evening of January 31 Quito had a large and destructive mudslide about a mile south of our home. Twenty-eight people died and over fifty were injured. Radio HCJB-EC organized a donation site outside our offices, and our church was involved in providing meals and supplies for those affected. Mudslides are common in the Andes due to the steep, sometimes unstable hillsides and frequent heavy rains. But this one was especially destructive as it came down the mountain and roared through a steep busy street, damaging two urban communities. This YouTube video is a compilation of cell phone videos and this is a shorter video with narration.
Interim Executive Director of Voz y Manos
In January, Scott became the interim executive director of Voz y Manos. Our previous executive director, an interim volunteer, was in the U.S. with his wife when she got COVID, was hospitalized, and died. His plans are now uncertain, so Scott was asked to step in until a permanent executive director can be found. As the only Voz y Manos board member who is full-time in Quito, he was a logical choice. It means one more “hat” for him to wear, along with Voz y Manos director of finance, Voz y Manos board member, and Reach Beyond board member.
In December our mission celebrated 90 years of God’s faithfulness. HCJB (which later became Reach Beyond) made its first radio broadcast on Christmas Eve, 1931. One of the songs played and sung during that broadcast was, “Great is Thy Faithfulness.” The Spanish version, “O, Tu Fidelidad,” was a theme song during the anniversary celebrations as we remembered God’s faithfulness and looked to the future. To hear one of the performances, use this link to the Sesión Solemne and go to about 2:38:25 (the last five minutes). The first minute has photos of the original 1931 broadcast.
Home Ministry Assignment (HMA)
Lord willing, we will be in the U.S. on HMA April 28 through July 4 , 2022. We will mostly be in Oregon, with a trip to the Seattle area. Please let us know if you would like to connect with us.
HMA Housing: If you know of a missionary apartment, house-sitting opportunity, or short-term rental in the Eugene area, please let us know. We would love having our own space since Scott will need to work remotely a few hours each day. But a large bedroom with room for him to leave his work station set up would meet our needs too.
Contacting Us: Once we are in the U.S., we will have the same cell numbers we had in 2021. Our computer phone (541-359-7633) will just be a message phone in Ecuador, and any previous cell numbers are no longer ours.
- Scott – 541-606-7430
- Jody – 458-205-4186
Praise & Prayer:
- Thank God that our needs are met, and many of our wants too.
- Thank God that He is always with us and, “Whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.” (Romans 14:8b)
- Thank God for His plans for us and His promise of guidance.
- Ask God to guide the leadership of Voz y Manos to find His choice for a long-term executive director.
- Pray for those affected by the January 31 mudslide, especially that God would comfort, provide, and draw people to Himself.
- Pray that we would be flexible and faithful whatever happens on our HMA.
- Pray for a home base (or home bases) for us in the Eugene area during our HMA.
Thank you for sharing this journey with us,
Scott & Jody Arnold