Family in Manta Ecuador

Family in Manta Ecuador
January 2015

Saturday, August 5, 2017

July 2017 Prayer Report

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!

·       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.
·       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.

You can download the full PDF file of at Anzalone Ecuador Prayer Report July 2017

Friday, June 30, 2017

Thank God for Our Partner Churches!

Several days ago a young woman from All Nations Baptist Church in Woodhaven, NY e-mailed to say that they would be holding an international festival to emphasize missions. She and some friends had offered to represent Ecuador, and she was asking me if it would be okay to use information from our prayer letters and websites. "What a great idea! Absolutely! You may use anything you find. Check our newest website, " As you can see in the photo they did a great job of presenting Ecuador, and representing the Anzalone family. They had attractive decorations, photos, maps, information, and even food from Ecuador.

This reminds me of the many ways our partner churches assist us. Obviously, one important way is by sending monthly offerings to support our family and ministry. These monthly offerings are sent by individual churches to Baptist Bible Fellowship International (PO Box 191, Springfield, MO 65801). All funds sent to us through BBFI are credited to our account each month. None is held for office costs or other purposes without our consent. These same churches often add additional amounts for special projects or unusual needs. (Contact us by email if you would like more information about giving for our ministry in Ecuador. There is an online donation option. Donate through BBFI)

The churches that support us, have become partners in ministry with us, so their involvement goes beyond sending money. Their prayers for us and for our ministry is very important. Some churches have prayer groups assigned to pray for us regularly. Others have designated individuals who correspond with us about our prayer needs. Some of our partner churches follow our blog, Facebook account (, Twitter (, or to stay up-to-date on our daily activities and needs.

Some churches make a regular practice of writing to us, informing us of their activities, and inviting closer communication with them. This is often a blessing, giving us an opportunity to know each other better.

When we're on furlough, as we have been for the last several months, we get to visit some of our ministry partners, but not all of them. In many cases, the time of our visit is short, and our entire family can't always be present, but that doesn't mean that we can't be faithful partners to one another, and enjoy a fruitful ministry relationship.

We're thankful for our faithful partner churches!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


Furlough provides some special family times. We enjoy spending time with our extended family when we are in the USA. We are also able to do some special things with our kids and grandkids. It is hard to get to see everyone and to spend as much time as you would like with each of them.

More at: Anzalones in Ecuador

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Easter Sunday in Manta

Our dear friend, missionary Jeff Davoll, was invited to speak at Iglesia Bíblica Bautista de Manta, on Easter Sunday. He shared this picture with us, and said there was a full house! We're happy to hear a good report and to see some of our dear brothers and sisters in the photo. It is reassuring to know that the church belongs to Jesus Christ and he is building it whether we are there or in the USA.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

April 2017 Prayer Report Happy Easter!

Lots has been going on in Manta!

In March, students from the KC, MO area came from Pleasant Valley Baptist Church to serve alongside the young people from IBB Manta. They did some great work at the La Revancha church and well over 150 people in the community participated and heard the Gospel at the outreach opportunities.

In April, Dr. Chuck Lynch and his wife Linda, visited Manta to teach a seminar on Biblical Counseling. We had great reports of the impact of all that they shared.

We are very grateful.

You can also read our latest prayer report. Easter Sunday, April 16, is the anniversary of the huge earthquake. We're thankful for all that God has done in our ministry since then.

Anzalone Ecuador Prayer Report April 2017

Update Video for 2017

For the past 5 months we have been visiting partner churches to express our gratitude for all they share with us and how they support and encourage us in prayer. In most of those cases we've shown this short video update.

You may also view or download it with this link. Thanks!
Anzalone Ecuador Video Nov 2016

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

February 2017 Prayer Report

We are in Florida, staying at the mission house of Palm Springs Drive Baptist Church. Pastor Scott Carlson and the church here have been ministry partners for many years and part of our lives for even longer.

One item for praise is that Iglesia Bíblica Bautista de Manta celebrated its 12th anniversary of ministry! The church has grown in many ways during the past year, and we thank God for it.
This prayer report also covers our plans to continue our ministry in Ecuador through multiplication of disciples, servant-leaders, and local churches.
You can read the report via this link:

Anzalone Ecuador Prayer Report February 2017