Celebrating the Bishops’ Service in Ecuador
When Mike and Carol Bishop left for language school in 1984, they had no idea what their lives would look like once they landed in Ecuador. They just knew they wanted to help people.
Fast forward to today and they are now enjoying 34 years of memories collected while serving through HCJB (now Reach Beyond), Extreme Response and Fellowship Missionary Church (FMC).
Mike and Carol retire from ER ton Sept. 30 and will focus on his global partner advocate role with FMC in Ft Wayne, Indiana. The role is half-time, allowing the Bishops to spend more time with family.
During their time in Ecuador, Mike filled multiple roles at HCJB, including the print shop, administration and human relations (HR). While there, he and Carol developed many deep relationships with Ecuadorians.
“Some of our highlights include mentoring Sonia Acosta and Xavier Hildago (who later became ER staff) and Roberto Insuasti, who went on to launch Fundación Rescate (now an ER partner that serves kids in the Ecuador jungle). These relationships started while we were with HCJB and continued into our time with ER,” Mike said.
The Bishops joined ER in Quito in 2007 and recently completed their 12th year. Mike’s role has included HR and staff care. While he has “too many memories to remember,” Mike shared his joy of Christmas outreaches where he was “Papa Noel” (AKA Santa), and working with volunteer teams for construction projects.
“The ER Christmas parties were special. As Papa Noel, I was able to join families from the Quito Dump for a Christmas photo. I loved to see the joy in their faces. And when I would visit their homes, I would see these photos and I would be in them. In many cases, these were the only family photos they had.”
“Another great joy has been helping the Bridge team (Miami, FL area) build a church in Ecuador for the last five years. When I first saw the property filled with a huge hill and trees, I wondered how they could build on this land. Now the building is two stories and the congregation is using it heavily.”
Mike shared that he wants to stay involved with ER as much as possible and is looking forward to an active retirement. He is scheduled to work with the Bridge team members when they return to Ecuador next year for more construction projects. He’d also like to attend one of ER’s Christmas parties in South Africa or the Philippines to enjoy a different cross-cultural experience.
“Mike and Carol have been used incredibly in Ecuador and around the world,” said Jerry Carnill, ER President and CEO. “They’ve been such a big part of our ER family. We celebrate their compassion and all they have accomplished. We look forward to them returning to Ecuador to help with projects.”
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