A growing movement to overcome spiritual poverty and social injustice
Starting new churches in Ecuador
The country has experienced little stability since its independence from Spain in 1830. Like many other South American nations, government corruption is a problem. In the two largest cities, Quito and Guayaquil, a significant number of people live in slums. Poverty and child labor are widespread. There is great need to empower Ecuadorians to start their own churches.
The real life impact of this ministry
Katherine saw no reason to live – until she met Jesus. Before she found the love of God, Katherine’s life was broken. She had no peace or happiness.
“But now it is different because I am a child of God,” Katherine shares. “It can be different for the young people of Loja, too!”
Katherine now feels called to serve the young people of her community, helping them find new life purpose in God’s love.
Alejandro Castillo is another Ecuadorian who started on a destructive path. He was on his own from a young age, eventually ending up in jail. A Church leader came to his cell to share the Good News, and not only did Alejandro dedicate his life to Jesus, he also took up mentorship under this pastor. Alejandro is now training to become a Church leader in his own community, sharing his passion for Jesus with everyone he can reach.
Nearly 5,000 Ecuadorians have come to Christ this year
Our Church planters have seen incredible impact in Ecuador in the past year:
- 8,723 lives have been touched
- 310 Church planters have been mobilized
- 4,900 Ecuadorians have made decisions to follow Christ
- 613 new believers have followed God’s plan to be baptized
As people gather into small Bible study groups, they are introduced to the amazing promise of the Gospel. Each one that gathers has the opportunity to respond to this hope-filled message in an individual way.
The testimonies of Katherine and Alejandro are just small examples of the incredible work God is doing. With your support and prayers, our Church planters can do even more. We invite you to pray that this movement will continue to grow. Jesus is touching lives in Ecuador! Your support can help to bring the Good News of Jesus to people who have never heard it. You can help to support us here.
Can you support new churches in Ecuador?
Your gift will directly help support the training of individuals to transform their communities by learning how to plant churches.
You can find out more about our Starting New Churches Ministry, and read more real life stories, on this page.
Children's Ministry in Ecuador
Many poor children in Ecuador have little or no opportunity to attend structured programs after school or during summer vacation. Bible Clubs meet a real need for poor Ecuadorian children and their families. Local Christian volunteers are trained to reach out to children in neighbourhoods near them. They are also given culturally relevant materials for a variety of age levels to help them lead the children’s Bible Clubs. The ministry program has two stages.
Stage 1: A five-day Fiesta de Colores (Party of Colors)
During the program, volunteer leaders make the gospel come alive through songs, games, skits, Scripture memorization, and Bible storytelling. Children discover a loving Saviour and some choose to follow Him.
Stage 2: Discipleship
Children meet with ministry workers weekly for nine months of the year.
The real life impact of this ministry
You can help shape a nation by introducing children to Jesus Christ. That’s especially true in Ecuador, where almost a third of the population is under the age of 15.
You have an opportunity today to support the work of Children’s Bible Clubs in Ecuador, through which almost 2,000 children heard about Jesus last year. And more than half of these children chose to give their lives to Him at the club.
Many of these children are like Kevin, who lives in a remote, indigenous village near the Amazon River, where there are very few structured activities for children. In fact, most adults leave the village during the week to find work, and then spend the weekends drinking alcohol.
But thanks to the support of Canadians like you, a church planter saw the need and began a children’s program in Kevin’s village.
The church planter started by organizing a Fiesta de Colores, or Party of Colours, which is a five-day program of songs, skits, Bible stories and Scripture memorization.
Then the children were invited to a Children’s Bible Club that ran each week after the fiesta was done.
Kevin loved the fiesta and the club and he eagerly memorized Bible verses, which he shared with his parents at home. So now they too are learning about Jesus and new life in Him.
You can help organize more fiestas and Bible clubs for children in villages in the Amazon jungle and Andes Mountains.
Your gift will provide club materials, including Bibles, and help train local Christian volunteers to reach out the children in their villages and neighbourhoods.
Please respond today to support children’s ministry in Ecuador that will impact the lives of more children like Kevin, who says “I like coming to church and I would like be a pastor when I grow up.” Your support can help to bring the Good News of Jesus to people who have never heard it. You can help to support us here.
Can you support Bible Clubs in Ecuador?
Bible Clubs are a bridge for churches to reach out to families. When children’s lives are changed, parents become curious. Children’s Ministry Workers build trust with parents as they show love to their children and provide a healthy, structured program for them.
Your gift will help us to operate clubs in the Amazon jungle and Andrean Sierra mountain regions, as well as in new areas.
You can find out more about our Children's Ministry, and read more real life stories, on this page.
Located on the coast of South America, Ecuador is a representative democratic republic in northwestern South America, bordered by Colombia on the north, Peru on the east and south, and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Ecuador also includes the Galápagos Islands in the Pacific, about 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) west of the mainland.
Population: 15.8 million
Human Development Index: 98th (out of 187 countries)
Life expectancy: 76.5 years
Religion: 74% Catholic, 10.4% Evangelical, 7.9% non-religious, 7.7% other