Prayer Please

Prayer Please

We have a lot of things going on in October 2019. The first thing we’re going to do is entertain four of our grandchildren for a week. That will be fun! We ask your prayers for some of our ministry opportunities this month.

Tony to Cuba

Cuba map

A couple of months ago, Tony was invited to join two team members from Live Global to visit a group of young missionary church planters in Cuba. As we prayed about it, we also asked God to supply the financial resources needed for the trip. God supplied more than enough. From October 16 to 21, the team will travel to Santiago de Cuba. We’ll be observing and encouraging Cuban servant-leaders. Pray that God would allow us to build relationships with those who are serving Christ in Cuba. Please pray with us about this trip.

Teddy to Nicaragua

Nicaragua map

Our son Teddy will be going to Nicaragua on a mission trip with some of the young men and leaders of his discipleship group at church. The team will be leading a discipleship conference from October 24 to 28. Teddy will be doing a lot of translating for the conference teachers. Teddy has always been a big help when we hosted short-term teams in Ecuador. He is excited about going on his first missions trip. Pray that Teddy and the discipleship team will be a blessing.

Tony and Joy to Pennsylvania

In August, we began the application process to join Live Global, a ministry of ABWE (Association of Baptists for World Evangelism). We have had conversations and interviews with members of the Live Global and ABWE team. Next, Tony and Joy will attend New Member Orientation at the ABWE headquarters at their beautiful location near Harrisburg, PA. From October 24 to 31, we’ll participate in intensive training in all things related to being ABWE Live Global missionaries. The ABWE leadership will interview us more extensively. Then the leaders will decide on our approval and appointment to serve with Live Global. Please be praying with us about this important week. We hope to have an important announcement on November 1!

Medical Clinic at Manta Church

Medical Clinic at Manta Church

Medical team prayer
Team members from Missouri and Manta gather for prayer before seeing patients.

Several years ago, Stephen and Robin Wright visited our church in Manta. They were recent retirees from Missouri, working on their Spanish and getting settled in the community. Steve and Robin said that they were Members on Mission from their home church, Pleasant Valley Baptist Church in Liberty, MO. Their plan was to lend a hand in churches and ministries, and to be available to assist missionaries however they could. Since then we’ve grown to love and appreciate the Wrights. They have become our friends, and have become part of our church family. The Wrights have assisted Iglesia Bíblica Bautista in Manta to build a relationship with their home church.

Short-term missions with a purpose

During the past few years Pleasant Valley has sent visitors and teams to observe, to pray, to serve, to assist, to evangelize, to train, and to build relationships. Their philosophy for short term mission trips is not to do things “for” the national church. They want to do things “with” the national church. They hope to enable and inspire our IBB Manta church family to reach their community for Christ. Then the church can extend its reach, and do missions as they’ve observed and participated with the Pleasant Valley teams. Cultural barriers erode and bonds fellowship have developed.

Sharing the love of God and the Gospel at the clinic.

In September, PVBC sent a medical team to do outreach with the Manta church in the communities immediately around the church building. Medical professionals form Missouri worked with their colleagues from Manta. The Manta church family took responsibility for evangelism and follow-up of every person who came to seek medical attention. People’s physical needs were cared for, and their spiritual need was addressed too. Several people came to faith in Christ as a result.

Newsletter September 2019

Newsletter September 2019

Exciting times!

We are applying to join Live Global (a ministry of ABWE).

Several of our partners and friends encouraged us to connect with a missionary agency to provide stability, accountability, and teamwork. In July, God began to get us acquainted with Live Global, part of ABWE’s ministry family (Association of Baptists for World Evangelism). We have had good interviews with members of the Live Global team. We love what they’re doing! Live Global comes alongside national ministry leaders around the world to learn, serve, and encourage. They build relationships with those who are reaching the nations around the world. They help to mobilize churches and Christians in North America for this ministry.

ABWE: “Our vision is to fulfill the Great Commission by multiplying leaders, churches, and missions movements among every people.”

“Live Global exists to build global partnerships for the glory of God.”

We are very excited about the possibility of being part of this team. Please pray with us as we go through the application process for ABWE and Live Global. Pray that God would continue to direct us and to open doors for us to serve him in missions. We believe that serving with Live Global would be a great opportunity for putting our lifelong experience to good use for the sake of the Gospel. Thank you for praying with us about this.

You can learn more about ABWE at their website:

You can learn more about Live Global at their website:

Live Global has invited Tony to go on a ministry trip to Cuba, but we will need help.

As part of our interviews with the Live Global team, they invited me (Tony) to accompany two team members on a short trip to Cuba in October to visit and encourage some of the pastors and church planters that they serve there. This would be an opportunity to “take a test drive” and get to know each other better. I would love to go on this trip, to be useful and to see what God has been doing in Cuba, but we do not have money for the trip in light of our lower monthly support figures. We need your help. Five to ten of our partners could each contribute part of the cost (about $1,000 total) and would make it possible for me to go. If you have questions or feel led to contribute for this need, please let us know ( or 865-340-3579). Thank you!

Thank you to the 24 partners who have stuck with us during this transition.

We are very thankful for the way God has provided our needs, and we know that he will continue to do so. During the two months since our resignation from BBFI took effect, 24 partners have sent monthly support through Mountain View Chapel (the address is at the bottom of the page). Thank you for being on our team! You have encouraged us!

We believe that God will provide all of the financial and prayer support we need for present and future ministry. We welcome new partners. Pray about what God wants you to do.

You can give monthly support or special offerings through Mountain View Chapel, 732 Covered Bridge Dr. Madison, VA 22727. Make checks payable to MVC/Anzalone. Thank you for your generous support!

Missions Conference at First Baptist Church of Friendsville

Missions Conference at First Baptist Church of Friendsville

First Baptist Church of Friendsville, TN

First Baptist Church of Friendsville, TN has been one of our key partner churches for the past several years. Pastor Bill Gowder and the whole church family have been true friends in the Gospel. Besides regular support, they have been very generous with annual special offerings for our ministry and have sent 3 short-term teams to serve with the church in Manta, Ecuador. They have built some excellent relationships with the church family there and have made a lasting impact. In August it was our privilege to join several other missionaries from their team for two Sundays and for times of fellowship around the theme of Carrying the Light. We would enjoy serving your church during a missions conference. Let’s make plans for 2020.

Tony with Pastor Bill Gowder of FBC Friendsville
Family Trip to Ecuador

Family Trip to Ecuador

Visiting the church in Manta, Ecuador in June 2019

From June 22 to July 6 our family made a trip to Ecuador. All of us attended church services at Iglesia Bíblica Bautista in Manta. We spent time with church leaders and encouraged the church family. It was a joy to see the church moving forward and God working in people’s lives. Most of our family possessions were still in our home in Ecuador. We chose some items for the trip home in our suitcases; packed others for shipment; sold furniture, appliances and household goods; and gave away the rest. It was hard work and was emotionally challenging, but it served to provide some closure for all of us. Thank you for your prayers for our family.

The whole family helped pack.
The shippers filled the container.
Friends from Central Baptist Church in Crossville helped us unload.
Newsletter June 2019

Newsletter June 2019

Please Remember

Starting on July 1, 2019, financial support for our ministry should go through Mountain View Chapel. (BBFI will no longer be receiving support for us.) Checks may be directed to MVC/Anzalone, 732 Covered Bridge Dr., Madison, VA 22727. You may also choose to give online at: (designate: Anzalone). We are grateful for those of you who are staying in partnership with us and helping make it possible for us to minister to our brothers and sisters in Ecuador and wherever else God may open doors for us to serve. 

Trip to Ecuador

Please pray for our family as we all travel to Ecuador from June 22 to July 6. Joy and I will be speaking at the church on June 30. We’ll be encouraging and counseling the pastors and ministry leaders personally and in group settings. Our family prayer need is to be able to sell some of our possessions in Ecuador and to pack others for shipment to the USA. We need to prepare the BBFI missionary home for sale. We are thankful for our home in Manta. It will be difficult to say goodbye. Your prayers will help and encourage us.

Update on our Kids

We have posted updates on our website about each of our teen-aged children. Teddy just finished 11thgrade and is working and serving. Carla received a good report on her heart health. Matthew has been fighting through some serious emotional difficulties. Thank you for your prayers for our kids. To see the full post follow this link:

Manta Church Reports

Also on our website find information about recent outreach activities undertaken by the church in Manta. We’re thankful for the church’s commitment to mission and evangelism.

Another post shows some new improvements to the church building in Manta. We are thankful for those who have given for the church building project begun 10 years ago. We will always be grateful for those who have made our missionary partnership a high priority.

If you have any questions or want to communicate with us, we welcome a call or letter.

Please let us know how we can serve you! Phone: 865-340-3579

Updates about our Children

Updates about our Children



Teddy is 17 years-old. He just finished 11th grade. He has been working at our local Cracker Barrel Restaurant for over a year. He is very active in student ministry, music, and other service opportunities at our church. He’s looking forward to taking a mission trip to Nicaragua later this year.



Our daughter Carla is 15 years old. She is shown here with her cardiologist at the University of Virginia Medical Center. Carla just had her cardio check-up, six years after her open-heart surgery. We thank the Lord for her good health. Please pray for her spiritual growth, and for her progress in all areas of life.



Matthew (age 14) has had some emotional difficulties in addition to his physical handicap. This has caused us a lot of concern. Please pray for his physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Recently Matthew spent some time in the hospital, and has been receiving counseling and medication that have helped. Prayer is making a difference. Please keep praying for Matthew.

Outreach from the Manta Church

Outreach from the Manta Church

Outreach to children in La Revancha

The church in Manta has been creating and pursuing outreach opportunities in neighborhoods near the church and also in areas outside of the city like La Revancha where they started a church a few years ago. The young adults and teens are especially involved in these activities. It is great to see them investing their time and energy in bringing the Gospel and the love of Christ to children through music, games, stories, and handcrafts. We are grateful for the impact that Iglesia Bíblica Bautista is making.

Church Building Improvement in Manta

Church Building Improvement in Manta

Church building improvement

Recently we received a large donation for the purpose of making improvements to the church building in Manta. The donor indicated a desire to improve the exterior areas of the building. The project provided improved walkways, new benches, plants, a cook-out area, and a secure garage entrance with a parking area. Now the interior patio of the church building is a comfortable place to gather for fellowship before and after church services, and makes a much more appealing impression than it did before. We are very grateful.

New Things

New Things

We recently sent out a newsletter to our ministry partners announcing some big changes.


For over 30 years, we have had the privilege of serving as missionaries sent out by Great Lakes Baptist Temple. We have been blessed to be approved missionaries of Baptist Bible Fellowship International. We have enjoyed the financial support, encouragement, and prayers of about 70 churches around the United States who have been our partners in ministry. We are immensely grateful! However, during the past year, the responsibilities of our family life have made it clear to us that we need to reside in the USA rather than in Ecuador. Although we are called to continue ministry directed toward Ecuador, Latin America, and Spanish speakers, we also respect BBFI policies. Therefore, we are resigning from BBFI.

“Behold, I make all things new.” Revelation 21:5


Our commitment to our calling is strong. We have been called, gifted, and enabled by God to make disciples, train servant-leaders, and establish local churches wherever we may be. God is opening doors of opportunity for us locally and internationally. We want to be faithful to respond to those opportunities as God provides our needs. 

To read about our ministry vision and strategy:


BBFI will graciously continue to receive and process donations on our behalf for a short time. We want all of our ministry partners to know that they can continue to share in meeting our family and ministry needs. One of our close partner churches, Mountain View Chapel in Madison, VA has offered to receive offerings for our ministry and to assist us in responsible stewardship. We hope that all of you will prayerfully consider continuing in partnership with us.

To read a note from Pastor Tim Duggins of Mountain View Chapel, and to see how you can give to support our ministry:

“Behold, I will do a new thing.” Isaiah 43:19

God has settled us in Crossville, TN. We believe that we should join and be faithful members of Central Baptist Church of Crossville. This church has lovingly received us into their fellowship, and we’re excited about participating in church life, discipleship, and global missions.

If you have any questions or want to communicate with us, we welcome a call or letter.

Please let us know how we can serve you!

Phone: 865-340-3579