Erik left Sweden unaware of the challenges that were waiting for him in Ecuador. Challenges that in the end were Gods way to make him grow in faith.
”This fall in Ecuador has been both a blessing and a challenge for me, mostly spiritually. God has tested me in ways that I did not anticipate beforehand, and it has been many highs and lows. But through it all, it has been clear that God loves me and wants all the best for me, even though he might work in mysterious ways a lot of the time.
I’ve been frustrated with God, I’ve had moments when I’ve questioned Him and moments when I haven’t understood his word. I’ve also felt the silence of God. This might sound frightening, if not almost horrifying, but it has been His way to temper me into a true disciple. Without knowing it, I needed to step down from myself and into true humility, and that is what all these hardships have led towards. And I didn’t see this at the time, but with some distance, I see the work of God clear as day. I am thankful for this experience and God’s patience with me. It’s amazing that he takes the time and effort to guide me, just one of billions on this planet, to a life closer to him.
Acts29 has been a life-changing and faith-strengthening experience for me, and I wholeheartedly recommend anyone with a longing for more of God to walk the path of the apostles and continue to story.”
Erik Sjöstrand, Ecuador 2017