April 16, 2016:
A magnitude 7.8 earthquake strikes northern Ecuador.
By October, about 16,000 people were displaced by the earthquake.
Juan Carlos began working as a church planter in the area of Monte Sinaí, Ecuador, a place he had been praying for. When he started a new church, the training provided through Bible League Canada partners helped him identify the needs there.
“This area is so crowded with people who fled the devastation of an earthquake in 2016. They feel hopeless: people who do not have dreams. They are helpless when their disillusioned children fall into drug use. I learned about the problems of the community and vulnerabilities of these families,” he says.
For Juan Carlos, the great need for God to intervene motivates him to continue sharing the Word. Above all, he wants to bring hope and show them that their lives can be transformed like his was — he was rescued from drugs by the transforming power of Jesus Christ.
“We set up tents, and began to invite people who did not know Christ,” says Juan Carlos. “We met with the people to disciple them.”
After much hard work and several months of discipleship, Juan Carlos sees God at work in the success of the church plant. Sowing the seed of strong, Christ-centered families and the community’s dedication to this mission is bearing fruit. “They are catching the vision of healthy families.”
For Juan Carlos, it is vital to present the complete Gospel, one that shares the joy of salvation to the individual and brings restoration to an entire community.
Please pray for the people in Monte Sinaí, Ecuador. To support the ministry work of Juan Carlos and his team, please donate online at BibleLeague.ca/LatinAmerica.
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