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Alliance missionaries came to Ecuador in 1897 and opened small churches along the coast. C&MA church members in the United States sacrificially gave jewelry and money to support the workers being sent out.

In 1922, Alliance missionary Homer Crisman arrived in Quito and began searching for a suitable location for the first evangelical church in the capital city. After much resistance, God led Crisman to someone who was willing to sell a piece of property to “the evangelical devils.” The archbishop of Quito threatened to excommunicate anyone who helped with construction of the church. Each night, angry mobs tore down the walls that had been built during the day. The foreman raised the price of construction almost weekly because he had to continually order new materials. But Crisman persisted, and the first evangelical church in Quito was planted.

Until the beginning of the 1970s, the downtown church that Crisman founded in Quito was the only Alliance church in that city. But God began to move in the early ‘70s. New churches were planted, and today there are approximately 30 churches in Quito. In January 2007, an overflow crowd filled the new 1,200-seat sanctuary of the Republic Alliance Church that was dedicated in Quito, one of three daughter churches planted by the Batan Church.

After a U.S. missions presence of more than 100 years, The Alliance in Ecuador has moved full circle from being a recipient of Christian missions to being a partner in sending cross-cultural missionaries to unreached peoples. With a strong national church that is self-supporting, self-governing, and self-propagating, the Alliance mission transitioned out of Ecuador in 2009, freeing the resources God has provided to use where He calls us next.

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Field Office Information

C&MA Field Entry in 1897

Field Director:
Mailing Address:
PO Box 35000
Colorado Springs, CO 80935-3500
Phone:
719-599-5999
Email:
Website:

National Church

The Ecuadorian Evangelical Church of The Christian and Missionary Alliance: 79 organized churches, 144 unorganized groups, 82 ordained ministers, 18,568 baptized members, and 31,500 inclusive members

Team Initiatives

  • Plant daughter churches in Quito. Pray for Ted and Linda Sauve, Valerie Stellrecht, and Mike and Carol Welty as they minister in these churches. Pray for continued growth and outreach.
  • Train pastors, youth leaders, and lay leadership. Pray for our workers involved in leadership training activities--staff at Alliance Academy International, Randy and Joy Newburn who serve with Awana ministries, Rich and Lisa Brown who are preparing youth leaders throughout Latin America, and those who serve as seminary professors, teachers in Indian Bible institutes, and mentors for national pastors and leaders.
  • Encourage the Ecuadorian national church as it is slowly catching a missionary vision. Pedro and Berta Guaycha, who are serving in Spain, are partially supported by their Ecuadorian brethren. Pray that the vision to reach beyond Ecuador’s borders will continue to grow.

2 International Workers in Ecuador

Jesus and His Disguises

2013-02-19 09:00:58

The following was adapted from a blog by an Alliance worker couple who serve with Envision in Ecuador and Peru. Envision is committed to building relationships through service, education, medicine, and pop culture. The couple established Inca Link Peru to provide relief to families living in a garbage dump near Trujillo, Peru.

Matthew 25 talks about the difference between the sheep and goats: the sheep did something for those in need, while the goats pretended not to know about them. When we first arrived at the garbage dump where we minister, this chapter grabbed my heart.

We could not stand there with our arms crossed—we had to do something to meet Jesus in His disguises: the hungry, the imprisoned, the stranger. How could I ever face Him on Judgment Day and hear Him say, “You saw me in need and you did nothing”?

As part of our ministry in the dump, we organized a weekly soccer game that is followed by a one-on-one Bible study with the young teens who live there. I was paired up with Moisés, 15. We always bring food to share before the Bible study, and he said, “I would like to pray for the food!”

Moisés folded his hands and knelt in the dump. I looked around, not knowing what to do, but I finally knelt down next to him. I thought, “This is the first time I have ever knelt before God in the garbage.”

“Dear Jesus, thank You for providing food for me today,” Moisés prayed, “but I pray for the poor—that You would provide for them today. And if You want, I will share with them what I have here.”

My heart was torn apart. We had “poor” youth leaders sharing with the poverty-stricken people in the dump—and here is this kid praying for the “poor.”

Then it struck me. In Matthew 25, Jesus does not say to go to the poor. He says to go to the needy. Some of the wealthiest people I know live in a spiritual garbage dump. The question is: Will we visit Jesus in His disguises, or are we too busy to notice or too comfortable to bother?

Hope and Help

Today, Inca Link is meeting the physical, social, and spiritual needs of the children, youth, and adults who live and work in the Trujillo dump. Thanks to donations from children and help from teams in the Western Pennsylvania District, we now have a plot of land and two small buildings. Every Saturday a group of teachers goes to the dump to share the hope of Christ with the 250 people there, providing practical assistance that includes food and tutoring services.

There is still more work to be done. We need about five more short-term teams to come this summer to help us. Would you be willing to share what you have with those in the dump?

What You Can Do

Pray

The prayers of the Alliance family allow Alliance workers to live and serve all over the world. Pray with the rest of the Alliance family using our weekly Alliance Prayer requests.

Read

Read the October 15, 2012, issue of alife magazine to learn more about this couple’s ministry.

Learn More

  • Visit envision-culture.com for more information about this and other opportunities to serve with The Alliance.
  • Visit www.incalink.org to learn more about the ministry of Inca Link.

(Note: Clicking on these links will take you off of the C&MA Web site.)

Demographics

Population
Population--13,363, 593 Infant mortality rate--23.7/1,000 Life expectancy--76.2
Capital City
Quito (1,780,700) pop.
Geography
About equal in area to Nevada, Ecuador (109,483 sq. mi.) is made up of the Amazon jungle in the east, two high and parallel Andes ranges traversing from north to south in the center of the country, and fertile plain in the west.
Languages
Spanish (official), Quechua, other Amerindian languages
Ethnicity/Race
Mestizo (mixed Amerindian and White)--65%; Amerindian--25%; Spanish--7%; Black--3%
Economy
Per capita income--$3,700 Inflation--2% Unemployment--11.1% Literacy rate--93% (2003 est.)
Government/Political Climate
Republic. Although Ecuador marked 25 years of civilian governance in 2004, the period has been marred by political instability.
Religion
Roman Catholic--95%; other--5%

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