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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tony recently had the opportunity to take an ESL certification course hosted by Knoxville Internationals Network (KIN). https://www.kin-connect.org/
Carol Waldo of KIN hosted the event, and Susan Bell of Carson-Newman College was our outstanding instructor. KIN offers this course multiple times each year. Many churches offer English instruction to adults as a service to their communities and an opportunity for making disciples of Christ among all peoples.
Thank you for keeping the Anzalones in Ecuador in your prayers. We are grateful for all the ways you support and encourage us. Please keep these prayer needs in mind as you pray for us during the next several months: