Friday, April 28, 2017

Bethany Baptist Church

This coming Sunday, April 30, Ned will be preaching at Bethany Baptist Church, 164 Douglass Street, Reading PA  19601, at 10:15 am.  We hope some of you can join us.  God bless you.

Este domingo que viene, el 30 de abril, Ned predicará en la Iglesia Bautista Betania, 164 Douglass Street, Reading PA  19601, a las 10:15 am.  Esperamos que algunos de ustedes puedan acompañarnos.  Dios les bendiga.

Farnsworth Family Forum Spring 2017

Resurrection Day 2017

Some dear friends invited us to the Reading Country Club for lunch.  So much appreciated.  Muchas gracias.

Jacob and Elias entertain themselves at the Keystone Rescue Mission on Wednesday morning.

Greetings from springtime in the Poconos.  After the last snow on April 7 we are enjoying warmer weather.  The children enjoyed the 30 inches of snow that fell in March, building snow forts and snowmen.
We enjoyed two visits to First Baptist Church in Keyport, NJ, and another opportunity to preach at St. Paul’s UCC in Douglassville, PA, last Sunday.  Ned and Marisol shared with the young people at St. Paul’s how God called them into missionary service.  Upcoming meetings will be posted her on the blog.
For the past several weeks we have been serving at Keystone Rescue Mission in Scranton (picture above, right), distributing children’s clothing and diapers on Wednesday mornings.  Joel and Amelia are in school at that time, but Jacob and Elias go with us each week.  This opportunity to serve has been a blessing for our family.
The remaining months of our furlough in the USA are winding down, and we plan to return to Ecuador in early August.  We will settle into a different city of 90,000 people, Otavalo, and help to plant a new church there.  We will need to find a house to rent and schools where Joel and Amelia can study.  Please pray for all of these details to be worked out in God’s perfect will.
Thank you for your prayers and financial support.  We love you, The Farnsworths

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Spring Is Coming!

Spring is coming, and so are we, the Farnsworth Family,

That is, to St. Paul's UCC, 1312 Old Swede Road, Amityville (Douglassville) PA 19518 on Sunday, April 23, 2017.

Preaching at 8:00 and 10:30 am services.  Sunday School at 9:00 am.  Please come out and see us!

Farnsworth Forum Winter 2017

Greetings from the snowy Poconos of PA! As a family we have been enjoying the winter weather with six snow days so far!  God has granted us time to play outside, tobogganing, hiking and building snowmen.

Saludos desde el “Polo Norte” de Pennsilvania.  Como familia hemos disfrutado este invierno.  Dios nos ha dado bastante tiempo para jugar afuera, haciendo caminatas y construyendo muñecos de nieve.

Enjoying time on the famous Farnsworth toboggan!
Snow in the Poconos

Thanks to a generous scholarship, Joel and Amelia study at Canaan Christian Academy, which has been a blessing for them.  Joel’s classmates elected him as their chaplain, and he leads the eighth graders in a daily morning devotion.  Amelia was chosen as the December fifth grade student of the month.  Both of them continue to swim at the Greater Scranton YMCA, along with their five-year-old brothers Jacob and Elias, learning to swim for the first time.


Gracias a una beca generosa, Joel y Amelia están estudiando en Canaan Christian Academy, una bendición para ellos.  Los compañeros de Joel le eligieron como capellán y él les guía en un tiempo devocional cada mañana.  Amelia fue escogida como Mejor Estudiante del Mes de Diciembre.  Los dos siguen nadando en la YMCA de Scranton, juntos con sus hermanos de cinco años (Jacob y Elías) que están aprendiendo a nadar por primera vez.  

Independence Hall Tour
Meeting the Liberty Bell

Seeing Betsy Ross' House at night

The fall months took us to several churches in PA, including a missions conference in Philadelphia and a missions day at Ned’s home church in Birdsboro, PA.  Sometimes we fit in a little site seeing along the way.

Durante el otoño estuvimos en algunas iglesias en PA, entre ellas, una conferencia de misiones en Filadelfia y un Día de Misiones en la iglesia en Birdsboro donde Ned asistía como niño.  También pudimos visitar a algunos sitios históricos.

With longtime friends and supporters Ken and Nancy Graul

It is always a pleasure to meet new people and share our passion for missions with them.  At a church in Reading in January Ned shared the story and legacy of Jim Elliot and his four friends to celebrate the 61st anniversary of their martyrdom in the Ecuadorian jungle.

Siempre es un honor conocer a nuevas personas y compartir nuestra pasión para las misiones con ellos.  En una de las iglesias en Reading Ned compartió la historia y el legado de Jim Elliot para celebrar el aniversario de 61 años de sus muertes en la selva del Ecuador.

Ned's empty room in Stonetown, PA

Also during the fall we joined Ned’s siblings in cleaning out his parents’ house.  Although it proved to be a tiring and emotional project, we thank God that we could be here on furlough to offer our hands and hearts to help get the job done.  We rejoice that Ned’s parents are enjoying their new lives in the independent living area of a retirement community nearby.  Would you pray for them and for Marisol’s parents as well?

In many ways this picture of Ned’s empty room symbolizes our role as missionaries in which our lives must focus not on earthly things but on proclaiming God’s eternal life (Luke 9:59-60).  Please pray for our family that we can make our lives count for His glory as we allow Him to work through us.

También durante el otoño ayudamos a los hermanos de Ned en la tarea de limpiar y desocupar la casa de sus padres.  Aunque era un proyecto cansado y emocional, le damos gracias a Dios que pudimos estar aquí para ofrecer nuestros corazones y nuestras manos a cumplir con este trabajo.  Nos regocijamos que a los padres de Ned les gusta su nuevo departamento.  Hace una semana el papá de Ned se operó para ponerle una prótesis en la cadera.  ¿Por favor podrían orar por los padres de Ned y también por los padres de Marisol?  

En algunos sentidos esta foto del dormitorio vacío de Ned cuando era niño simboliza nuestro papel como misioneros.  Nuestras vidas deben enfocarse no en cosas de este mundo sino en la proclamación de la vida eterna en Dios (Lucas 9:59-60).   Oren por favor por nuestra familia que podamos vivir nuestras vidas para la gloria de Dios y permitirle a Él obrar a través de nosotros.

Currently we are seeking opportunities to share and visit our remaining supporting churches and hoping to connect with new churches and individuals with the goal of finding $1000 in additional monthly support.  We have not officially sought a support increase since our last home ministry assignment (2010-2011).  Since then our family has grown by two people!  Please join us in praying for God’s provision.  In you have any questions about this, please ask!

Thank you all for your continuing support and prayers.  We love you!

Estamos buscando oportunidades para compartir y visitar a las iglesias que nos apoyan y esperamos encontrar a nuevos patrocinadores (individuos e iglesias) que puedan apoyar nuestra misión en Ecuador.  En este tiempo antes de nuestro regreso a Ecuador nos gustaría conseguir $1000 más en apoyo económico cada mes.  Oren por la provisión de Dios para nuestra familia.  Si tienen preguntas acerca de esto, comuníquese con nosotros por favor.

Gracias por su apoyo y sus oraciones.  ¡Les queremos mucho!