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Trip to Ecuador May-June 2018

Trip to Ecuador May-June 2018

Map Florida to Ecuador

Two weeks in Manta

On May 24, I (Tony) will be traveling from Florida to Quito, Ecuador. The next day I will continue traveling to Manta. I will be busy in ministry during my time there, meeting with church leaders and fellow missionaries, preaching and teaching, as well as taking care of family concerns.  I will hold a meeting with the current members of the church, and will give a seminar for prospective members. While there, I may administer baptisms and baby dedications, and probably will have some office hours for counseling. Another important task will be preparing for a visiting missions team that will be going to Manta in July.

My return to the USA is scheduled for June 6. Please pray that this will be an productive time for the church in Manta, and that I will be healthy and get adequate rest while I’m there.

Please pray for our family while I am away. Joy and the kids will be staying with our daughter Lexi and son-in-law Jonathan Taylor and their kids in Altamonte Springs, FL. Grandpa Wille will be staying with his long-time pastor friend in the same city.

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Joy’s Mother, Verneta Wille, Now in Heaven

Joy’s Mother, Verneta Wille, Now in Heaven

Ted and Verneta Wille

Verneta Wille

Joy’s mother, Verneta Wille, suffered a very serious stroke early in the morning on March 26, and was immediately transported from her home in Crossville, TN to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. Although she received the very best treatment possible, she did not respond well. The Lord took her home on April 3. Family and friends attended her celebration of life service on April 7 at Central Baptist Church of Crossville.

Mrs. Wille was a wonderful pastor’s wife for 50 years, serving alongside her husband, Pastor Ted Wille, in churches in Tennessee, New Jersey, and Michigan. She was an excellent homemaker and hostess. Verneta loved music, singing in her church choir. Joy’s mother excelled as a Sunday School teacher, being very effective with preschool children. Many parents and past students have remarked on the impact and influence she had on her pupils for the Gospel of Christ.

Pastor and Mrs. Wille have been passionately committed to world missions, giving by faith to send and sustain missionaries around the world. Perhaps their greatest sacrifice for the Great Commission was their blessing on their only daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren serving as missionaries to Ecuador for the past 30 years.

Our Time in Tennessee

As soon as we heard about the stroke, we arranged for Joy to travel to Knoxville, though she wouldn’t be able to travel until the next day. Within hours we knew that the situation was critical, and made arrangements for Tony, and the kids to travel as well. We were in Knoxville by the morning of the 28th.

It was good to gather as a family during those final days. Our adult daughters, Amanda, Ashley, and Alexis were also there and were of great help and comfort. We are grateful for the presence of family members and dear friends from all over the United States and around the world who expressed their love and concern. The church family of Central Baptist, where they are members, was amazing. The church staff did a tremendous job in making her celebration service very memorable. The choir provided uplifting and Christ-exalting music. The guests in attendance at the service, and communication from the previous churches where Pastor and Mrs. Wille had served were very encouraging.

Right now, our family is with Joy’s Dad in Crossville, TN, serving him through the adjustments in his life. We are helping with his physical needs, and making sure he is well cared for. Thank you for your prayers on his behalf.

We are also attentive to the work in Manta. Although we don’t have a definite timeline for our return, we are providing guidance in the selection of preachers to fill the pulpit. We are also preparing study guides for the Thursday night Bible classes.  The administrative team is communicating with us about the church’s activities. Please pray for the congregations and it’s leaders as they serve Christ well during our absence.

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Teddy Serving in Bonsai Ministry

Teddy Serving in Bonsai Ministry

Our son Teddy (age 15) serves 2 afternoons each week in the Bonsai After-School Program at our church. Teddy recently added a new aspect to his duties at Bonsai: teaching the children to play the guitar. To help the kids with practice instruments, Teddy had an extra guitar available, but needed another one. We found out about a new BBFI program to help MK’s with their own ministry endeavors through local church VBS offerings. Soon Teddy had another guitar available, thanks to children’s VBS offerings from the USA.

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Carla’s Doing Well

Carla’s Doing Well

We recently celebrated Carla’s 14th birthday. It has been amazing to watch this little girl grow up. Just 4 years ago on her birthday she was recovering from open-heart surgery. Now she’s healthy and strong. We’re grateful for what God has done for Carla and for our family in general. Please keep praying for Carla to overcome her challenges and to grow strong in the Lord.

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Returning to Ecuador Soon

Returning to Ecuador Soon

Anzalone Ecuador Prayer Report July 2017

It’s time for us to get back to Ecuador!

This furlough has been a great experience for our family. In some ways we’ve had ample opportunity for rest, recharging, and even recreation; but in other ways it has been stressful and challenging. We have reserved tickets to Quito for August 31, so … ready or not, here we come!

Praise

  • Fellowship – Since we arrived in the USA at the end of October 2016, we have spent 12 to 16 weeks around 3 different churches that invited us to stay in homes provided to missonaries. Their generosity created much-needed stability for our family, and reduced our furlough expenses. It also created a unique bond of fellowship and sense of belonging between our children and the church. We are very grateful!
  • Safety – We have been driving a couple of 2007 vehicles with high numbers on the odometers, but we have had no breakdowns and no accidents. One of our trips with the five of us plus our grandson Crosby Taylor covered 13 states, and over 4,000 miles in 15 days! We’re thankful for God’s mercy over weary travelers.
  • Family – Joy and I are at this stage of life when we value time with our parents, children, and grandchildren over almost anything else. God has been generous with us in allowing us to spend quality time with many of our family members, to enjoy holidays together, and to make memories that we’ll treasure.

Prayer

  • Goodbye and Hello – We have mixed emotions about returning to Ecuador. It is going to be hard to say goodbye to family and friends. Our parents have some serious health concerns and our adult children have challenges to face. On the other hand, we’ll be returning to our Ecuadorian brothers and sisters who love us and to the Manta church that has moved forward during our absence. Pray for us to have grace for both experiences.
  • Extra expenses – Our budget is always stretched beyond the limit! Airfare from Knoxville to Manta will have a total cost around $3,000 for our family. Recently an opportunity developed to have Carla and Matthew professionally tested in regard to their special educational needs. They will be completing the testing before we leave. The testing, plus our usual education costs at this time each year, come to over $2,000. If you’d like to help with either of these needs, you may add an additional amount to what you send through BBFI (mark it Anzalone Ecuador Special).
  • Family – We are starting our new “Multiply!” ministry. Pray for us as we create networks with pastors and churches. Pray for new visions and strategies for discipleship, servant-leadership development, and local church planting. Pray for the sale of our home and the purchase and development of a new home for hospitiality ministry. Pray for God to provide our goal of $50,000 for development of the property. Please pray about giving for this purpose.

 

Thank you for praying and giving.

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Family on Furlough

Family on Furlough

We’ve been on “furlough” (sometimes called “home assignment”) for over 6 months! The time has flown by! One of the important reasons for missionary furlough is to build extended family relationships. Sometimes it is difficult to do this because of the other important things missionaries are trying to do while back in their “home” or “sending” nation. Essential travel, reporting to partner churches, healthcare needs, seeking new financial support, and recharging for future ministry all demand time and attention.

We try to spend quality time with our kids, filling memory banks of their experiences in the USA. Because of the generosity of churches that have provided us missionary housing, we’ve been able to spend significant parts of this furlough in Tennessee where we could see Joy’s parents regularly, and in Florida, where our daughter Lexi Taylor, husband Jonathan, and their kids live. We have seen them nearly every day during the past few months! During the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays we were ale to see all of our grandchildren for a few days. We’ve checked in with Tony’s parents. Recently we made 2 long car trips through 18 states to see grandchildren, children, other relatives, and lifetime friends. Although these visits never seem long enough, the moments and memories are very important.

We want our children to love Ecuador. The whole family needs to feel at home there. It is also important that our kids feel known, loved, and welcomed back in the USA. It’s hard for MK’s to identify “home.” I always tell ours that home is wherever our family happens to be. I’m grateful for our extended family all over the USA for welcoming our family and loving us whether near or far.

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