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: http://www.mountainviewchapel.net/ (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: https://home.anzalonesinecuador.com/updates-about-our-children/

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!

E-mail:anztony@gmail.com Phone: 865-340-3579

Updates about our Children

Updates about our Children

Teddy

Teddy

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.

Carla

Carla

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

Matthew

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.

Announcement

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

Ministry

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: https://home.anzalonesinecuador.com/multiply/

Giving

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: https://home.anzalonesinecuador.com/from-pastor-tim-duggins/

“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

E-mail: anztony@gmail.com

From Pastor Tim Duggins

From Pastor Tim Duggins

A note from Pastor Tim Duggins

Mountain View Chapel:

Dear Anzalone Ministry Partners:

Lori and I have had the privilege of knowing Tony and Joy Anzalone since college. It has been our privilege to partner with them since we launched Mountain View Chapel over ten years ago. We function with them as participants on our leadership team. To walk life with them has only created a greater level of confidence in their pursuit of Christ. They are faithful servants of our Lord Jesus and His church. We stand with them as they walk a new path of ministry involvement. 

We are excited to deepen our partnership with the Anzalone family by processing gifts through our ministry. 

Checks may be mailed to MVC/Anzalone at 732 Covered Bridge Dr., Madison, Virginia 22727 or give online at www.mountainviewchapel.net(designation: Anzalone)

An end of year statement will be sent to reflect support of the Anzalone family during the year. Our church is committed to these members of our family. We continue to have great expectations of their impact with Spanish and English-speaking people groups.

Please continue your partnership with the Anzalone family along with us.

Thank you,

Timothy P. Duggins

Lead Pastor, Mountain View Chapel

www.mountainviewchapel.net

1529 Willis Rd

Madison, VA 22727

434.989.8511

Multiply

Multiply

“Multiply Disciples-Leaders-Churches”

Our vision is to see disciples, servant-leaders, and healthy churches multiply through means of biblical teaching, mentoring, and partnership all over the world.

We continually pursue global international opportunities, especially in Ecuador where Iglesia Bíblica Bautista de Manta is the primary place for the execution of our strategy. From there, it can be duplicated in other countries. We also pursue discipleship, leadership development, and church planting wherever and however those opportunities present themselves at home in the United States.

Discipleship:

  • Discipleship materials for all believers, new and old, available on-line for download.
  • Onsite visits with churches to promote discipleship in sermons, conferences, and seminars.
  • Continual follow-up with churches to encourage them in disciple making.

Leadership Training:

  • Personal sessions with church leaders on the field to assist in building relationships and influencing their leadership style toward Christ-like servanthood.
  • On-line sessions with leaders for Bible study and leadership growth.
  • Encouraging and equipping national church leaders to coach and mentor other growing leaders in their churches.

Church Planting:

  • With shared vision, we encourage national church leaders to pursue healthy church life in their discipleship and leadership models, because healthy churches multiply.
  • Identification and development of potential church planters in national churches.
  • Building relationships with other churches and leaders for the purpose of church planting.

At Home and in the USA:

  • Participate fully in the discipleship and missions ministries of our church.
  • Minister to internationals in our community, especially those from Latin America.
  • Visit partner churches to report on what God is doing in, around, and through us.
  • Visit partner churches to encourage them to be active disciple-makers at home and around the world, including preparation and support of short-term missions.
  • Develop Christian servant-leaders through local church ministry.

All Strategies Include:

  • Free written material in the form of lessons and study guides.
  • Free on-line material such as Bible studies and courses in video and other formats.
  • Frequent on-line individual and group interaction and mentoring.
  • Personal and/or team trips to the field at least 4 times each calendar year.
Three-fold Journey, Stage 3

Three-fold Journey, Stage 3

Bruce Rainwater and I had spent 10 days in Peru visiting ministry partners who had worked with CERT over the years. Our next stage of the journey was in Ecuador, where we would visit our church in Manta, encourage the ministry leaders there and present the possibility of CERT assisting in future church planting in the towns and villages surrounding Manta.

We had the privilege of visiting some of the church’s ministry leaders in their homes, where we were welcomed us with typically warm hospitality. We also attended a Wednesday night prayer meeting, and both of us were invited to speak to the congregation.

In the home of Julio and Jenny
Prayer meeting

As in the other stages of the journey, we talked with the men of the ministry team about the importance of discipleship. Intentional men’s discipleship has been one of the key ingredients for establishing a strong church in Manta. We are grateful for the men who continue to serve the church. It was a joy to spend and evening with them. We gave them each a towel as a reminder of Jesus’ method of serving as he led and made disciples.

Geovanny, Cristobal, and Luis
With the men of the ministry team
Towels remind us of service

One of the highlights of our trip was visiting the Bonsai program at Iglesia Bíblica Bautista de Manta. We are thankful for the impact our church has in our community because of the Gospel.

Bonsai after-school program
Three-fold Journey, Stage 2

Three-fold Journey, Stage 2

Cuzco, Peru

After our river journey, Bruce Rainwater and I went to the Andean Region of Peru, to the beautiful old city of Cuzco. While we were there, we met with a number of CERT‘s ministry partners from the towns and villages outside of the city. We continued to encourage, build relationships, and talk about discipleship.

Two of the partners that we spent time with were Pastor Abel Caceres and his brother Abelardo Caceres. They minister in the town of Poroy and in villages in the mountains outside of Cuzco. We attended the Sunday morning service of their church in Poroy.

Pastor Abel and another local pastor
Pastor Abelardo and his wife

Both Bruce and I were asked to speak in the service, and then we had the privilege of hearing one of the young men of the church preach. We saw that people of all ages were attending the church and were being taught to follow Christ. The pastors shared with us about new churches they were starting and took us to visit one of them that now has its own pastor. We were very encouraged by what God has been doing through their ministry.

One of the young preachers
Children sharing what they had learned
Three-fold Journey, Stage 1

Three-fold Journey, Stage 1

In March I (Tony) accompanied Bruce Rainwater of Christian Emergency Relief Teams (CERT) to Peru to visit CERT’s ministry partners in remote areas along the Madre de Dios River and then around Cuzco. After visiting Peru, we would visit our church in Manta, Ecuador. The goals for the trip were to encourage the pastors, to build relationships, and to emphasize the importance of discipling men for stronger churches.

Bruce Rainwater
Bruce Rainwater

After we arrived in Puerto Maldonado, Peru, Pastor Tomás Deza and his wife Norma escorted us up-river several hours by car and then boat to where they serve in Boca Manu. We had the privilege of preaching in the church there, and also in a couple of other locations along the river where they are planting churches. Please pray for these faithful servants who have been laboring for 12 years under very difficult conditions.

Pastor Tomás
Pastor Tomás
Norma teaching children
Norma teaching children

In addition to preaching in church services, Bruce and I had opportunities to talk with Pastor Tomás and men in the churches about the importance of discipleship, of carrying out the primary command of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) and reproducing by multiplication as the Apostle Paul instructed Timothy (2 Timothy 2:2). We modeled what this kind of discipleship might look like in their setting with individuals and groups.

Discipleship 1
Discipleship one-on-one
Discipleship 2
Discipleship group

When we returned to Puerto Maldonado, we visited with some of the missionaries there, including Dan and Ruthie Nagao and their children. We hoped to encourage them, and they certainly encouraged us.

Dan and Ruthie Nagao
Dan and Ruthie Nagao family