Julianna, Katelyn, Dan, Sheryl, Jonathan, Andrew and Micah
Dan and Sheryl Shedd knew they were called to be missionaries even before they were married. Four years later, in 1988, God led them to Quito, Ecuador to work with HCJB Global.HCJB is a worldwide broadcasting ministry, and even though the initials HCJB might sound strange as the name of their ministry, they are actually the call letters of a Christian radio station in Quito.
The Shedds have been in Ecuador 20 years, starting when they were as a young married couple. Now they are a family of 10!
Dan Shedd is Vice President and Executive Director of the Latin American Region of HCJB. In addition, he serves as the Board Treasurer for HCJB Global. Since most of Latin America is considered to be “reached” with the gospel, one of HCJB’s primary goals in the region Dan oversees is to help train Latin Americans through their “Corrientes” program to go out as missionaries to other parts of the world.
Sheryl keeps busy homeschooling their four youngest children—Katelyn, 15; Jonathan,13; Andrew,11; and a little boy they adopted from Ecuador named Micah, who is now 7 years old. Their four oldest—Rachel, Steven, Christina, and Julianna—live in the United States.
Excerpts from a recent update from Sheryl Shedd…
“We arrived back in Ecuador in September, 2011. It’s been a whirlwind nine months. Dan’s multiple roles as Vice President of Finance, CFO, Board Treasurer and Executive Director for Latin America have been too much—even affecting his blood pressure. But we are working with the mission to turn over some things to someone else. In addition, moving back and setting up a house here again has been stressful (Where are you Craig’s List!!!?). You might be surprised to know that your missionaries struggle with the same things you do—finances, crazy schedules, health issues, and things like that, no matter where they live in the world!
Another joy of returning to Ecuador has been being part of the church we started in 1999, La Iglesia de la Gracia. All but one of the elders and deacons are Ecuadorian nationals. People are being effectively discipled. They have many of the same problems as people in the U.S. but it’s wonderful to see the support they have for one another and their growth.
Dan has been encouraged to see his Assistant Controller grow in his knowledge of the Lord. Since coming to work at HCJB three years ago, Jaime has made a profession of faith. Now he, his wife and three grown sons attend church with us. Dan is spending time with Jaime in a weekly Bible study; he’s delighted to see God's Spirit working in Jaime’s life.
Another joy! Our church was able to pay off their mortgage for the house where they meet (which was renovated into a church). Now they are building more educational space! Plus the church was able to hire a pastor in August 2011 after six years of elders sharing the preaching responsibility.
One of the ways our family is involved in our church is by offering weekly English classes to neighborhood and church kids as an outreach. Our daughter Julianna prepares the lessons and organizes the helpers, and we (Dan and Sheryl) end each class with a Bible Story (in English, of course). We are also delighted to host the church youth group twice a month, where we are studying the Truth Project by Focus on the Family.
Pray for the Shedd Family:
- For Julianna (18), as she transitions to the U.S. and starts college in the fall at John Brown University in Arkansas.
- Dan’s dad, Hudson, who has an incurable blood disease.
- For the Ecuadorian people and the Church in Ecuador because laws are being revised that affect how Christian groups can do ministry.
- For HCJB to effectively use broadcasting to bring people to Jesus and help them grow.
- For a possible opportunity to use HCJB’s education branch to assist Ecuadorian seminaries to regain legal recognition.
- For more financial and prayer partners to join them in ministry.
To read encouraging stories of what is happening through the ministry of HCJB that Dan Shedd helps oversee in Latin America, visit www.hcjb.org.
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