On our recent trip to Cuenca, Ecuador, we were hosted by our friend, missionary Bill McDonald. Bill has lived in Cuenca for a number of years. He and his wife, Connie, founded Unsion TV and Unsion Foundation in Cuenca.
While we were there, Bill had a lot of fun introducing me as an old friend from our youth group days. He likes to say, he was in youth, and I was in children’s church. Ha. Ha. Ha. Of course it was stretching the truth a little, but we won’t discuss the direction of the stretch. Suffice it to say, one of us is older than the other. And one tells tall tales.
So where is Bill now? He is in Spain, walking the Way of St. James Hike (Camino de Santiago). He’s been walking for nineteen days and is closing in on the 300-mile marker. The walk is 500 miles. Some of you may have seen the movie, The Way, with Martin Sheen. He plays a father who goes to Spain to recover the body of his estranged son (played by real-life son, Emilio Estevez), who died while making the trek. The dad decides to make the trek himself.
Crazy? Maybe. Walking fifteen-plus miles per day for a month or so doesn’t appeal to me all that much. But my friend, Bill, has a good reason for doing it. He’s raising awareness and funds for Unsion TV. You see, they had a devastating fire a few years ago, and had to rebuild. Bill wants to see that debt cleared out, which would give them more financial freedom. And he’s a representative for his television network to the Latin-speaking nations.
Unsion TV has a great opportunity for ministry. I saw what they do up close and personal. It’s impressive. Check out the beautiful website they’ve created here.
If you’d like to keep up with Bill McDonald’s trek, here’s his Facebook page. Every few days, he posts a video clip with a personal message to his followers.
If you’d like to contribute, please leave me a message or send me an email via the contact tab. I’ll put you in touch with Bill’s team.
If nothing else, Bill, we’ve enjoyed watching you grow a beard. 🙂