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Exploratory Outreach Team to Mountain people in Ecuador

Explorar la misión! Are you a fluent Spanish speaker wanting to explore whether God is calling you to a missionary life?

Join our Latino team for a 2-week trip in June to Ecuador to learn about the culture and life of Quechua people.

Participate in a 2-day training in the city of Azogues, and serve with the team there, then travel together into the mountains of Sindipamba to observe and share the life of the Quichua people in that region.

You will have morning and evening devotions together, then visit homes in the village sharing testimonies and stories of Jesus with whole families.

Qualities & Gifts Sought

You love the Lord Jesus and the World of God, and speak fluent Spanish. You are wanting to investigate what God is calling you to do.

This is a taster experience with all training and ministry in Spanish.

Bring comfortable shoes for hiking,and a warm jacket and gloves for the cold, high altitude.

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About Recruiting Latinos

Within the Americas, WEC’s emphasis is on mobilizing and recruiting new workers, and on church planting amongst indigenous peoples.  We operate in three major languages (English, Spanish and Portuguese) and among 15 different ethnic groups, mostly in Brazil and Mexico.

God is on the move in Latin America. The turning of many to Christ in the last couple of generations is now reaping a harvest of workers for the nations. Their hearts are ignited with passion that is expressed outwardly.

Latinos are deeply devoted to the purity of the Truth of the Word. They take it at face value and teach it in that way. They have witnessed God’s power and miracles and are not afraid to expect Him to continue to work in that way.

But many challenges lie on the road for Latino Christians from the Americas who want to serve the Lord in other countries. Their churches are not as affluent as English-speaking ones, and they struggle to support a missionary.

WEC are seeing a growing number of Latinos join us in taking the Good News of Jesus to the ends of the earth! And what a richness they bring to our teams!

Check out the WEC Latino website in Spanish: www.weclatino.org

About Ecuador

The country of Ecuador is known officially as República del Ecuador (Republic of the Equator); Ecuador also includes the Galápagos Islands in the Pacific, situated about 1,000 km west of the mainland.  The country's total area is 283,561 km2, and the capital is Quito. It has 4 main geographic regions: La Costa (the coast), La Sierra (the highlands), La Amazonia (the east) and La Región Insular (the west).

The territories of modern-day Ecuador were once home to a variety of Amerindian groups that were gradually incorporated into the Inca Empire during the 15th century. The territory was colonized by Spain during the 16th century, achieving independence in 1820 as part of Gran Colombia, from which it emerged as its own sovereign state in 1830.

The legacy of both empires is reflected in Ecuador's ethnically diverse population, with most of its 17.1 million people being Mestizos (mixed), followed by large minorities of European, Native American, and African descendants. Spanish is the official language and is spoken by a majority of the population, though 13 Native languages are also recognized, including Quechua and Shuar.

Various peoples had settled in this western Equatorial region of South America before the arrival of the Incas.  The region of highland Ecuador became part of the Inca Empire in 1463 sharing the same language, but when the Incas made incursions into coastal Ecuador and the eastern Amazon jungles of Ecuador, they found both the environment and indigenous people more hostile.

In 1532, a small band of Spaniards headed by Francisco Pizarro landed in Tumbez and marched over the Andes Mountains until they reached Cajamarca, where the new Inca Atahualpa was to hold an interview with them. Valverde, the priest, tried to convince Atahualpa that he should join the Catholic Church and declare himself a vassal of Spain.  Pizarro promised to release Atahualpa if he made good his promise of filling a room full of gold. But, after a mock trial, the Spaniards executed Atahualpa.

After nearly 300 years of Spanish rule, Quito was still a small city numbering 10,000 inhabitants. On 10 August 1809, the city's criollos called for independence from Spain (first among the peoples of Latin America). On October 9, 1820, the Department of Guayaquil became the first territory in Ecuador to gain its independence from Spain, and it spawned most of the Ecuadorian coastal provinces, establishing itself as an independent state. Its inhabitants celebrated what is now Ecuador's official Independence Day on May 24, 1822.

The 19th century was marked by instability for Ecuador with a rapid succession of rulers. The conservative Gabriel García Moreno unified the country in the 1860s with the support of the Roman Catholic Church. In the late 19th century, world demand for cocoa tied the economy to commodity exports and led to migrations from the highlands to the agricultural frontier on the coast.

Read more about Ecuador on Wikipedia] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Ecuador has a total population of about 17,825,000. It is considered 93.7 percent Christians, but just 10.57% of the population are evangelical. There are 36 people groups, but only the Spanish Jews are considered unreached. The predominant languages are Spanish, English, Quichua and Waorani. There are also 89,000 sign language users in Ecuador.

[Source: Joshua Project] https://joshuaproject.net/coun...

Pray with us for this land to be a blessing to the world. The gospel impact on the Quichua is a modern miracle. In 1967, only 120 people out of 3 million followed Christ. Today some Quichua areas are over 50% evangelical! Avant Ministries worked among them for over 100 years. Over 240,000, people go to churches planted through Avant.

Ecuador received worldwide attention in 1956 when the Waorani (Auca) killed 5 young foreign missionaries. Now almost all these tribes have churches and the Scriptures through the work of various missionary groups. HCJB Radio began in Ecuador in 1931, the first of the great Christian mission radio broadcasters. Today that ministry blesses Ecuador and the whole world.

Pray using Operation World

Use this video and prayer points:

Prayercast on Ecuador

WEC in Ecuador

WEC's Latino branch have started taking short-term teams to Ecuador to gain experience of mission, and have a vision to recruit Ecuadorians to serve elsewhere.

More about what WEC is doing across the Americas.

WEC International in the Americas


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0-3 months i Short opportunities ranging from 2 weeks up to 3 months. However because of the cost of flying to the environment, we would encourage you to consider a commitment of at least six weeks in such circumstances.

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