One of our first projects as 40/40s in Ambato was to give surveys throughout the city. This served several purposes for us: to understand the mentality of the people in various neighborhoods, to gauge the openness of the people to the Gospel, to understand the history and opinion of the evangelical church in Ambato, and to get to know some people who might possibly become leaders in our church someday. For three days we spent several hours interviewing at least 50 people per pair of missionaries, and I believe all of us walked away from the experience encouraged. Nancy and I are still in contact with several people that we met during these interviews.
Another joy for us was a referral from David and Ariel. As they were walking one day doing the interviews, they happened upon two girls that had just gone through some difficult things. In the process of talking to them, they were able to lead them to the Lord. Later that day, we had the opportunity to meet with the girls and talk with them, and we are still in contact today. We believe with all our hearts that God has chosen them to be leaders in our church, and that He has great plans for their lives.