I’m reconnected to the world now. Here’s what happened last week…
I went to Ecuador with Dr. David Sills and Reaching and Teaching International Ministries. The purpose of the trip was to train pastors who live in the rural areas of Ecuador around Tambo. So, we spent each day teaching the pastors. We had about 20 men who gave their week to come. These men were Quichua (key-chew-wuh) indigenous people who were bilingual in Quichua & Spanish. We taught the classes in Spanish. Mike Kessler taught church history from about 9:30-12:30 each day. I spent the afternoons from 2:30-6:30 teaching the pastors about the different cults and how they compare to Christianity. The cults are everywhere in the mountains of Ecuador.
On the last day of the week we allow the pastors some time to speak to us and share their heart for the future of their area of Ecuador. Some of the things they said that broke my heart.
- One pastor said, “I’ve been a Christian for 33 years and no one has ever taught me the things you all have this week.”
- Another said, “I have decided now to be baptized and commit myself to the study of the Word.”
- Almost every pastor who spoke mentioned the need for a training center where the pastors can get regular training. These guys are really hungry and have little access to resources or training.
- There has not been a missionary in the entire Canar province since 1994. Some areas of the province are completely unevangelized, have no churches, and have no known Christians.
- We ate three meals per day with the brothers. They said we were the first missionaries since 1994 who would eat with them. If you know anything about Latin American culture, then you know what a big deal this is. Other short term mission teams, I suppose, would go out to eat rather than accept the invitation to eat with them. BTW, I could not identify everything I ate 🙂
- Right before one meal we heard our chicken being killed in the kitchen. Tasted fresh.
- The was some serious political unrest the day before we were scheduled to leave. Though we were fine up in the mountains, I was a little worried that I would be able to get home for quite some time if the situation deteriorated. Fortunately, everything got back to normal in about 24 hours.
Thanks for all of your prayers. Here’s a pic of the group of pastors.