We asked you to pray with us as our staff team and students prayed together and sought the Lord's guidance as we choose a new world parnership focus. We had an amazing time a few Sundays ago as we gathered to hear a challenge about reaching the world for Christ. We then prayed together and voted. Our plan was to have two rounds of voting- first to narrow the four choices to two choices and then again to choose from those remaining choices. Both staff and students were praying that the Lord would make it overwhelmingly clear. And clear it was! We decided at the first round of voting that it was unnecessary to vote again.
Our staff and students, through the Lord's leading, settled on Guayaquil, Ecuador. We'll be moving ahead quickly in the process of getting to know the lay of the land there. We're doing that already by doing as much research as we can. (You can check out some of what we're learning here:
http://www.operationworld.org/country/ecua/owtext.html) And we'll be getting to know the city and the students there on the ground starting in the spring! We're planning to send both staff and students for vision trips next semester. We're very excited to see how the Lord would use Chicago students to reach the students of Ecuador.