Denise and Oswaldo Piñeiros are missionaries to the over 200,000 orphans in Ecuador. They povide resources to orphanages. They also provide support and pastoral care for adoptive families and advocacy with the government.
As we talked, Denise shared how God called them to this ministry. They've walked through some challenges. Now they are working on some things that should really set them up to minister more freely.
As Denise shared her heart, she also shared how she and Oswaldo are trying to focus on the often-forgotten part of that verse. As they've started caring for orphans, it's shaped how they approach ministry in and to orphanages.
Often missionaries leave family and friends behind. When they do, they can miss out on significant life events. Last year Denise had one of those experiences but God did something special that gave her an overwhelming sense of His affection for her.
As Denise and Oswaldo were just learning about orphan care, God began to birth a desire to see the kind of ministry that they now have. Still, they were uncertain whether they were supposed to be the ones to do it.
One day, Denise had a “mirror” experience that sealed the deal in her heart”I said, 'God, you have to raise up someone to do this.' Then I knew that person was looking back at me in the mirror. Click To Tweet
Through Visiting Orphans, they have seen volunteers coming down for longer assignments, sometimes up to six months. And they are working on changing the legal status of their ministry in ways that will open more doors.
Denise reminded us that being a missionary can be lonely sometimes. Often the best thing we can do to “level up” our support of a missionary is just to be a friend. Send that letter. Make that call. Connect via Skype. Focus on being fully active in their lives and building a long-term relationship.Be fully active in their life. Click To Tweet
Denise wishes she would have known how long things can take to accomplish.
Best AdviceH.A.L.T. Never make a decision when you are hungry, angry, lonely, or tired. Click To Tweet
Support and EncouragementBe loyal, connected, and committed. Click To Tweet
Personal Success Habit
Denise has built some key relationships that allow her to learn from those who are more experienced.
Denise gave us three:
Love Does by Bob Goff
New PlaceWalk the streets and pray. Click To Tweet
Parting AdviceAlways jump when God says, 'jump.' Never take an opportunity He gives you and waste it. Click To Tweet
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