Nolan Alan Johnston

May

3

2014

Nolan Alan Johnston

doug

Ecuador

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Nolan is 5 weeks old today, but with all the life changing craziness, it feels like it’s been 5 months. Angela and I have been learning a lot and it’s been a great help to have her mom here for the past 2 weeks. We’re not getting much sleep these days, but we’re sure enjoying...

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A Story of Life

Mar

20

2014

A Story of Life

angela

Ecuador

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Alliance Academy doesn’t let students graduate early. Even if a studious Senior has all the credits they need, they still have to take the full year of classes and wait until June to graduate with the rest of their class. Except for when God drops lives into our midst whose stories reach far beyond...

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Passion, Calling, & Our Future

Feb

27

2014

As many of you know, we spent the past couple months prayerfully considering whether or not to continue serving in Quito at Alliance Academy for a third year. We are so grateful for the prayers and encouragement from people we love as we’ve gone through this! There have been many pieces to sort...

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Fruit

Feb

19

2014

Fruit

angela

Ecuador

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Sometimes fruit is hard to come by. Not the kind of fruit that’s cheap and delicious at the markets here, but the kind of fruit that makes you stop for a second and feel like God is really using you to do something in people’s lives. Conversations with staff a Alliance throughout the time...

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Baby Musings

Jan

28

2014

Baby Musings

angela

Ecuador

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During the first trimester of being pregnant, I remember feeling like time was just creeping by at the slowest possible pace. We could hardly believe God had given us this gift and we couldn’t have planned the timing better ourselves, and so it was especially hard to be patient.  It seemed like...

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Christmas, Cuenca, and a New Year

Jan

20

2014

Happy New Year!  I know it’s already almost the end of January, but in some ways it seems like time has been rushing forward and leaving us racing to catch up.  Even our Christmas tree was still left up until a couple weeks ago!  And I’m still training myself to write 2014 instead of 2013...

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Decisions

Dec

6

2013

Decisions

doug

Ecuador

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Fireworks over Quito, New Year’s Eve 2012 Last night at 3:19am, I awoke to the sound of fireworks outside our bedroom window. But they weren’t just sparklers and firecrackers, these were loud aerial fireworks that went off at a rate of 1-2 per second for a full 6 minutes. My initial reaction...

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Thankful

Dec

3

2013

Thankful

angela

Ecuador

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It’s the holidays and ’tis the season to be… busy, thankful, excited, generous, exhausted, contemplative, joyful, creative, drained, celebratory.  Perhaps the thing I’ve noticed the most, though, is that it’s the season to be together.  That’s not always an easy...

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Man Up, Round 2

Nov

18

2013

Man Up, Round 2

doug

Ecuador

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It was barely six months ago that I went on my first Man Up Retreat, a weekend retreat for high school guys at Alliance. The retreat was one of the highlights of our first year in Ecuador and I couldn’t wait for this year’s retreat to roll around. This year’s retreat was scheduled for...

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Baby Makes Three!

Oct

5

2013

Baby Makes Three!

angela

Ecuador

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Sometimes big news comes in a little package. Ready for some? We’re having a baby! God is so good, and we are excited and anxious to meet the new addition to our family. Even after 15 weeks of adjusting to the idea, it’s still a little hard to wrap our minds around. The little one is due...

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