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.
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
- 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.
The Alliance at Work in Ecuador
On April 16, 2016, a magnitude-7.8 quake struck the coast of Ecuador, the strongest since 1979.read more
The boy folded his hands and knelt in the dump. I looked around, not knowing what to do, but I finally knelt down next to him.read more
The following is an adapted excerpt from Bruce and Stephanie Beers’ recent prayer letter. They are currently on home assignment.
“O come, let us adore Him . . . .” As we sang this song today, I was reminded how easy it is to get caught up in the trap of adoring “stuff” instead of God.read more
Ana Porras de Ladines, a teacher at Alliance Academy International in Ecuador, was killed in a head-on collision on February 13 along with her husband and son. A dump truck rammed into their vehicle after crossing the opposite lane.read more
By Bruce and Stephanie Beers, serving in Ecuador We have experienced God’s faithfulness in many ways in our lifetime, and […]read more
- Infant mortality rate—23.7/1,000
- Life expectancy—76.2
- Capital City
- Quito (1,780,700) pop.
- 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.
- Spanish (official)
- other Amerindian languages
- Mestizo (mixed Amerindian and White)—65%
- Per capita income—$3,700
- 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.
- Roman Catholic—95%
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