Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Our next step... includes you!

Hello All,

Life here in Shell Ecuador has been going OK.  We have had many challenges (we have been robbed twice) and health issues for nearly a month, but God is faithful.

One of the things robbed was our computer.  Consequently, we lost all our data and our history.

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We have also been blessed with Jacob our new son.  We are fostering him with the hope of adoption one day.

 This is his first haircut in our house. 





At work, I have accepted the role of organizing teams for the hospital located in Shell and our community development office.  It has been the goal of our office to allow the family of God around the world to get involved in His work here in Shell.

I was hoping all of you would pray about organizing a team and coming to Ecuador with a group of 10 to 12 people in the next 12 months.

Please consider talking to your church, organizing a work team of your friends or adopting a project in Shell Ecuador.  Please consider allowing God to expand your vision of His world, be exposed to the needs of our community and respond in part.

Below is a link to our web site and a general video showing the work of the Community Development office in Ecuador.  It reviews the work in the mountains, coast and jungle.  This is an excellent video demonstrating what has been done over the last 30 years by the office.  Our office has a very high sustainability and success rate.  Partly due to the great care taken by working with people who are ready to help themselves.  For this reason, it is not our goal to provide large volumes of water projects reaching millions of people per year, but to provide fewer projects that stand the test of time.

Our web site:   www.hcjb.org/water

General introductory video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYbV3nIffjs&feature=player_embedded (6:35 min)


If you would like me to call your pastor, church leader or small group leader to help facility this process in any way, please let me know.  I would be glad to speak via Skype with your community to assist in any way I can. 

If you would like to be removed from this distribution list, please let me know.

Looking forward to hearing from everyone,

Eric

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Eric and Renee Fogg Family

Missionaries to Shell Ecuador for HCJB Global
- Community development with water projects and hygiene education

Blog: www.ericandrenee.com

Skype: ericandrenee.fogg

Saturday, May 12, 2012

A Loooooong month

Have you ever felt like a day or a week or a month would never end?  This past month has been like that for us. We have had a  fair number of small trials and  we are just tired - physically and emotionally that is. Spiritually we feel beat up but not defeated. I'm not sure we are at the point of praising the Lord for the trials yet, but given time  we may get there.

In  the past month we have been robbed twice (losing 10 years worth of photos and documents), been in the hospital on 4 separate occasions and had multiple things break. All of this began the day we brought home our foster son Jacob. Jacob is a joy to have in our home and we would not give up the time we have had with him so far, but we do question the spiritual warfare that seems to be associated with his arrival in our home. We also are praying against it.

We have all  gone through a range of emotions since the 2nd robbery  and honestly had moments (although not all at the same time) where we wanted to return to the states. Not to stay there permanently but to have a few moments of familiarity, some sense of normalcy, a sense of trust. We continue to work through this. Part of that is praying more fervently and frequently that we would develop soft hearts for the people we are here to serve and partner with- not to develop bitterness or distrust. It is easy to  walk the streets and look at the local people and  wonder if they were the ones who took our stuff - but what good does that do? Does the thought still occur? Absolutely! What are we doing with those thoughts? Praying through them as best we can and trying to teach our kids to do the same.

So after a month of feeling beat up - we were able to enjoy a trip  to a zoo this morning with several of the kids from the orphanage and a range of adults. This zoo is not like any we have visited in  the states, the birds are not caged, nor are the monkeys, and we had a large rodent type creature follow us for 1/2 a mile while trying to sneak into Jacob's stroller to find treats. It was entertaining and we enjoyed some good laughs - reminding us that life does go on and we can take more photos and create new memories in our new home.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Project Support Needed

We've just uploaded some videos describing four projects that we need help with in Shell, Ecuador. Please spread the word and let us know how you can help us with these projects.

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