Saturday, June 20, 2015

Quotes from Five Missionaries to Ecuador

                       Quotes from Five Missionaries to  Ecuador 

These quotes are from my earlier blog dated August 12, 2012

Nate Saint, while a maintenance crew chief in the Air Force, decided to become a missionary at a New Year's Eve church service in Detroit.
 
He wrote, “It was the first time I had ever really heard that verse, 'Follow me and I will make you to become fishers of men.' The old life of chasing things that are of a temporal sort seemed absolutely insane”.

After his discharge from the Air Force, he joined Mission Aviation Fellowship as a pilot.
 
While Ed McCully attended law school at Marquette University, he worked as a night-desk clerk at a hotel. During the slack hours before dawn he read the Bible.

He wrote, “On the way home yesterday morning, I took a long walk and came to a decision which I know is of the Lord. I have one desire now—to live a life of reckless abandon for the Lord, putting all my energy and strength into it... If there's nothing to this business of eternal life we might as well lose everything in one crack and throw our present life away with our life hereafter. But if there is something to it... Well, that's it”.

 Roger Youderian had jumped, as a paratrooper, into the Battle of the Bulge. He was decorated for his part in the fighting. In a letter to his mother he said, “Ever since I accepted Christ as my personal Saviour last fall and wanted to follow Him and do the will of the Lord, I've felt the call to either missionary, social or ministerial work after my release from the service.. . . I want to be a witness for Him and live following Him every second of my life”.

Youderian's call led him to work among the head-hunting Jivaros, and he developed a technique using drawings to teach them to read and write in their own previously unwritten language.

Youderian went through some deep physical and spiritual struggles, but, concerning divine guidance his diary records, “The Holy Spirit can and will guide me in direct proportion to the time and effort I will expend to know and do the will of God”.

 Pete Fleming had been converted at age thirteen through the testimony of a blind evangelist. When he chose to become a missionary, he had already earned his master's degree in literature and was majoring in philosophy at the University of Washington. Concerning his decision to go to Ecuador, he wrote, “A call is nothing more or less than obedience to the will of God as God presses it home to the soul by whatever means He chooses”.

As he decided to move from work among the relatively peaceful Quichuas to the warlike Aucas he said, “It is a grave and solemn problem; an unreachable people who murder and kill with extreme hatred. It comes to me strongly that God is leading me to do something about it, and a strong idea and impression comes into my mind that I ought to devote the majority of my time to collecting linguistic data on the tribe. ... I know that this may be the most important decision of my life, but I have a quiet peace about it”.

The fifth missionary, Jim Elliot, wrote to a friend mentioning his motive for being a missionary: “The command is plain; you go into the whole world and announce the good news.... To me, Ecuador is simply an avenue of obedience to the simple word of Christ. There is room for me there, and I am free to go.... The will of God is always a bigger thing than we bargain for”.

Elisabeth Elliot, now Through the Gates of Splendor

                                          Through the Gates of Splendor

     Elisabeth Elliot (1926-2015) has just past Through the Gates of Splendor.

She wrote the story of their mission to Ecuador after the death of her husband, Jim, in 1956.  It became one of the most inspirational  missionary stories of the 20th century. The book recounted the mission of her husband and four other American martyrs to bring Protestant Christianity to the remote Waorani (Huaorani) Indians. She returned later with her young daughter to live among the natives and share the gospel. One of his killers became a pastor!

    Jim's most famous quote is "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep for what he cannot lose."

   Some of Elisabeth's quotes include: 
        "The secret is Christ in me, not a different set of circumstances." 
        "Money hold terrible power when it is loved." 
        "I have one desire now - to live a life of reckless abandon for the Lord, putting all my strength and energy into it."

   Her radio program inspired me in Asheville years ago.

                      Thank you, Elisabeth Elliot, for a life well lived!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

IRS FBAR Form 114 for 2014

The nice government men  request we tell them annually all about our foreign financial holdings. The Form 114  needs to be filed by June 30.  This year you must file it electronically.  Then you will receive a confirmation email from the IRS. Keep a copy for your records.  The gentle penalties can be up to half of your account balance (willful fraud)!

       Or Go to : http://bsaefiling.fincen.treas.gov/main.html
                     

You will see the official site with instructions.  
Click on   PDF form Start now, 
If you have a total of over $10,000 in financial institutions (including Credit unions, Coops, etc.) you must file by June 30 (no extensions).

The Form 114 must show the highest balance for each account during 2014.

Note:  Form 114A does need to be filed.
The IRS helps number for FBAR is (866) 346-9478

Hope this helps,     Gary

Thursday, July 24, 2014


             It’s Hard to Keep Up!

    Ecuador, along with many places, is changing at an accelerating rate.
Changes in political winds, economic activities and cultural norms are storming in faster than the influx of new residents.

    Cuenca has a new mayor, changing regulations, new electric tram under construction, and many improved roads and bicycle lanes.  Restaurants, special art and entertainment venues are springing up constantly.

    So…let’s update our Ebook, Thriving in Ecuador. 

We just completed our annual update including several new items and making numerous revisions. We now have over 40 chapters and 100+ pages.

             If ya want a copy by email, just click to the right>>>

Thursday, June 19, 2014

File IRS FBAR forn 114 by JUNE 30

                               IRS FBAR Form 114

The nice government men  request we tell them annually all about our foreign financial holdings. The new Form 114  needs to be filed by June 30.  I suggest you file it electronically.  Then you will receive a confirmation email from the IRS. Keep a copy for your records.  The gentle penalties can be up to half of your account balance (willful fraud)!

Google IRS Form 114.       Or Go to :

You will see the official site with instructions.  
Click on  "BSA E-Filing System" (in red), click "Leave IRS site", click "Report FBAR", Click "Prepare FBAR".  Later click "file FBAR”
If you have a total of over $10,000 in financial institutions (including Credit unions, Coops, etc.) you must file by June 30 (no extensions).

The Form 114 must show the highest balance for each account during 2013.

Note:  Form 114A does need to be filed.
 
The IRS helps number for FBAR is (866) 270-0733

Hope this helps,     Gary


Monday, February 24, 2014

Trecer Edad!


                                ! Tercer Adad !
Yes, there is reason to celebrate getting older.  Tercer Edad (the third age)!

Now, at age 65, I can go to a separate line at the bank for seniors, handicapped, etc rather than wait in long lines.  Lan and Tame have half price tickets for air travel.  My property taxes and electricity bills (up to 120 kw/month) are also discounted after I endure the required procedures. Notaries may also give you half price on their expensive fees when buying a condo.
Best of all the 12% IVA (sales taxes) are refunded after registering at the SRI office.  The maximum monthly refund is $ 191.  The registration process requires:
 Visit the SRI (think IRS) office on Remigo Crespo, a block east of Loja Avenue.   It is the four story white building with the “smiley face” painted on the window.  Try arriving at 8am to avoid some of the crowds.  Bring something to read while waiting.  You will need original and copy or your passport and Cedula, a utility bill to prove you live here, and a bit of patience.
Get in line and proceed to the helpful guide who is bilingual.  Simple say “Tercer Edad” and he will give you a ticket number for your time at the Caja.  He will give you a bank registration form to take to your bank to certify that you have a local bank for direct deposit of your monthly reimbursement.
Take the bank form to the main bank office for signature.  Make a copy, then return to SRI  with all documents.  Your data will be entered into the computer and you will be given a form to fill out when you turn in your original receipts next month for reimbursement.  The receipts must have your cedula number and name on them.
Since my cedula ends with  a 1,2, or 3  I submit my receipts with the reimbursement form  during the first week of the month. Cedulas with a ninth digit of 4,5,6 submit on the 10 to 16 of the month; those ending with 7,8,9, or 0 submit on the 19 to 26 of month. 
Take your form upstairs to second floor to be edited before returning downstairs to caja 103 to turn it in.  You will also need a copy of your cedula, the Servicio de Renta Internas given to you when you first registered, and a copy of your Bank Registration form.  Your reimbursement will appear in your banco in a few weeks.  It may take longer the first time.   Whew!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

We are licensed to drive!

                  Ecuador Drivers License

We felt almost like teenagers this week when we showed our Ecuador drivers licenses to each other!

After all, we did pass the test in Spanish. And the process only took four months. Well, yes, our effort to get our NC drivers record apostiled took over three months. And mucho dinero.  The government website and friends confirmed this was necessary.  But in the end we simply tossed the apostile!

The exam has changed!  The sample 100 questions bought on the street by ANT no longer contain most of the questions.  You better learn many new words in Spanish (many are on the sample test).

How did we complete this amazing feat?  It only took seven offices and eleven steps!

   1. Obtain NC driving record to prove our USA license was valid.
   2. Have driving record translated in Cuenca.
   3. Get it notorized in Cuenca.
   4. Download and complete Formulario para Canje de Licencia de Conducir (see #7 below)
          You will need weight in kilos and height in centimeters (with two decimal points)
   5. Obtain green blood type card from Red Cross on Borrero  street in Centro. And a copy. 
   6. Make copies of your Cedula and US Drivers license (color). Take every document to every office!  Your original Cedula will be examined by everyone.
   7. Obtain two passport size color photos.
   8. Pass eye, hearing, Psychometric exams.  Currently located one block right off Don Bosco on Salado. (#6 below)
   9. Go to ANT office to get all documents approved and scanned.  Just moved to Ordinez Lasso, turn right at first light after Oro Verde Hotel.  ANT will tell you when you may schedule your exam (usually a couple of days, max of 30 days)
   10. Go to Paute (best service), Giron or Cuenca to take exam (Jeffe in office #5, approval in #4, exam downstairs, back to office #6, license photo downstairs, license finally printed upstairs.  You see why service is important to avoid confusion and delays.  Paute even allowed us to go near front of line for final step to avoid returning the next day!  This office is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8 to noon, but stayed open until 2:30 to complete our processing. The office is located in second floor of bus station near the river.
   11. After office #4 above,  go to bank two blocks north, then two blocks left to pay $48 and obtain receipt.  Entire trip with three short road construction delays and a great celebration lunch at Corvel in Paute only took 6 hours!

And they ask why Gringos do not have a car!

From my previous blog the requisites are as follows:

 1.  Original and copy of the original valid foreign drivers license.
2.  Original and copy of your ID documents such as cedula and censo. You receive these documents after you get your residency visa.
3.  Original certificate of authenticity.  This is a (apostilled?) document from your home state’s secretary of state office saying that your driver’s license is valid.  It must be translated into Spanish and notorized in Ecuador.
4.  Original and copy of your blood type.  You can get this at the Ecuadorian Red Cross for $2.50.
5,  Two photographs, facing, ID size
6.  Pass the psychometric exam ,eye and hearing tests, and the driving test ($38)  These are written, practical, and medical.  The psychometric exam is a coordination test. Cost $11.40
7.  Fill out the special request form which you get from the Transit office in Quito, or you can download it from the www.ant.gob.ec website.  ANT stands for Agencia Nacional de Transito in Quito.

I have added the websites and its details (in Spanish).

Print this form for application for drivers license:

http://www.ant.gob.ec/index.php/internacionales/homologacion/canje-de-licencia-de-conducir-extranjera-por-licencia-de-conducir-ecuatoriana-art-10-lotttsv

Government website for Transit Authority:  http://www.ant.gob.ec/