Operation Ecuador 2024

Operation?

When we speak of an operation, we sometimes automatically think of a military op. Although it is correct to speak of the spiritual battle against evil, this conquering or imperialistic motif has been a negative part of our Christian history. However, “operation” can also be seen in the light of God’s objective to transform the heart.

Ezequiel 36:26 NIV8426

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

Ecuador

Population: Ecuador has a population of around 17 million people (as of 2021)
Cultural Makeup:

Ecuador is a culturally diverse nation where mestizos, of mixed European and indigenous ancestry, constitute the majority at approximately 71% of the population. Indigenous peoples, including Quechua, Chachi, among others, make up about 7%, maintaining their distinct languages and traditions. Afro-Ecuadorians and Montubio (Afro-Mestizo), each around 7% of the population, contribute to the country’s cultural tapestry with their unique histories and customs. A minority of approximately 6% identifies as white/European, predominantly in urban centers, while smaller groups of Asian Ecuadorians and immigrants further enrich the ethnic landscape.

Religious Makeup:

• Roman Catholicism: Approximately 74% of the population identifies as Roman Catholic.

• Protestantism: Around 10% of Ecuadorians are Protestant Christians.

• Other Religions: Small percentages practice other religions, including Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, Jews, Muslims, and Buddhists.

• No Religious Affiliation: About 7% of the population identifies as atheist, agnostic, or without religious affiliation.

E

  • The Escuela Quiteña de Estudios Bíblicos (EQEB, QSOBS in English) has made significant strides in its biblical preparation.
  • We just celebrated our 20th graduating class. and this year we have 41 students in the full-time program, which also offers vocational training,.
  • EQEB Online now boasts of 66 students and many church leaders studying online.
  • For Local congregational preparation, EQEB is proud to have 2 programs of the Ministerial Leadership Program (PLM) taking place both in Cochabamba, Bolivia and Esmeraldas, Ecuador.
  • Masters: The school is also advancing its higher education offerings with the 6th cohort now participating in the Master’s program (RIB, Red de Institutos Biblicos). These achievements demonstrate how God is using the EQEB to expand His kingdom and reach all parts of Latin America through holistically trained minsters of the Gospel.

C

Camp Bellevue, a year-round Christian camp located above the town of Tabacundo, has been directed by Rusty and Laura Campbell for the last 10 years. Recently, the camp celebrated its 25th anniversary. It is much more than just a traditional camp; its ministries are vast and varied. Camp Bellevue engages in summer camps and hosts a basketball camp that has seen participation from the York University girls’ basketball team for many years. During the school year, the camp runs an after-school program four days a week, working with children from low socioeconomic backgrounds whose parents are employed in the plantations. Additionally, the camp serves as a hub for church retreats, training sessions, and conferences, supporting the EQEB and churches across Ecuador. The camp also hosts long and short internships, including AME from Brazil and Kendell Fyke, a York College graduate, is committing the next few years to bless this ministry.

U

The university ministry, abbreviated in Spanish as “MU,” (Ministerio Universitario) operates out of the restored colonial house called El Puente. The second floor of El Puente provides lodging for the single men from the Bible school, while the ground floor is dedicated to the university ministry. This important work is led by a dedicated team of university-aged students.

This past year, we were fortunate to have an EQEB graduate stay on as an intern to lead the team. Their mission focuses on reaching young adults, engaging them in social outreach and evangelism. This year, their efforts led three individuals to Christ. Additionally, during campaigns and at various venues, the team enjoyed presenting puppet shows, from those funded by children’s donations.

A to the whole person

Operation Ecuador is dedicated to addressing the needs of the people through various impactful initiatives. We engage in yearly medical missions, providing essential healthcare services to underserved communities. Partnering with U.S. donors, we distribute Christmas Bags, bringing joy, biblical material, and necessary school supplies to children during the holiday season.

A significant part of our efforts is driven by the women’s ministry, OEMAH, which organizes and implements many of these activities. Next year, OEMAH will focus on supporting unwed single mothers, offering them much-needed assistance and resources.

Additionally, our EQEB students are actively involved in weekly community outreach, including house visits to the sick and shut-ins from the church, ensuring they receive care and support.

Lastly, Barakah Blessing (Blessed to Bless) is aiding people in difficult situations, “especially those of the household of faith” (Gal 6:10).

D the Nations

All graduates either go back to serve their home churches, or go on to plant new works. We know of around 40 churches that have been planted by the 282 graduates of EQEB.

Strategic Church planting

2000 – 2015 6 churches were planted from teams who received Full-time support . In order of date planted:

  • Ecuador: Portoviejo, Guayaquil I, Santo Domingo, Guayaquil II, Los Chillos, Kumanii
  • Bolivia: Sucre

2015-2025 9 Churches composed of Bi-vocational teams will have been planted.

  • Those located in Ecuador, in order of date planted, are Latacunga, Loja, Manta, Ambato, Tumbaco, and Salinas.
  • Graduates have started a church planting movement in the Amazon region of Puerto Ayachucho Venezuela
  • Great Cities: Another church has been planted with the coordination of GC in Pereira, Colombia. The newsest team to go to Iquitos will also be a joint effort with this wonderful church planting ministry.

    O God’s Resources

    Operation Ecuador aims to steward God’s resources effectively and strengthen the faith of its missionaries by relying on His provision for all needs. As Director of Development for OE I must trust in the our Father to provide for the surge of students we have invited to EQEB this year. Our graduates going out in bi-voacitonal missions learn to live in that stance of faith always

    The newly formed, Consejo de Misiones Ecuador, is made up of a fellowship of leaders to support missional efforts monthly, allowing local leaders to choose how best to sponsor missional needs across the country and beyond.

    This year, Operation Ecuador is highlighting its 100 Fold campaign alongside the OE Summit. We believe the good soil in Latin America is yielding 30, 60, and 100 times what is sown. Being part of the 100 Fold means reinvesting God’s entrusted resources into eternal purposes, believing in multiplying His blessings manifold in Latin America and beyond.

    RCayapas Minsitry: K

    Kumanii, situated in the province of Esmeraldas, has recently experienced heightened insecurity due to increased pressure on narco-traffickers. Its ports are coveted by those seeking unrestricted routes to move drugs further north. Thankfully, the new president is taking aggressive measures to eliminate this blight on our beautiful country.

    In Kumanii, we currently have one administrator (Alberto), four evangelists (Gregorio, Carlos, Robinson, Julio), and two full-time staff members (Gabriel and Leidy) who serve at the Christian Center.

    The EQEB is contributing by training some of the leaders from the river through its PLM (Ministerio leadership Program). Our big hope is that someday Gustavo and Neilyn, from the Chachi community and the river, will finish their studies in the next two years and become permanent ministers.

    We hope to return to Kumanii as soon as possible with our medical missions and are encouraged by recently finding a cataract surgeon who is willing to come and perform these much-needed procedures for many along the river.

    2 Corintios 5:14–18 NIV84

    14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. 16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:

    Joshua and Julie Marcum

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    Christ commanded us to love one another even as . For us to know how to love each other we must understand the character of the rich deep love that Jesus Christ that Paul describes in Ephesians 3 as surpassing knowledge.

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    I. His love is unmerited

    A. 1 John 4:10 “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the .”

    B. Ephesians 2:4-7 “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”

    C. What escapes definition is that even when we reject Him, we disobey Him, we sin against Him, . We call it ‘’, unmerited love from God to His rebellious creation.

    D. God’s unmerited love is given to us, people who don’t deserve His love to transform and change us into new creations.

    E. We are such undeserving beneficiaries of God’s . He reached down to us in our absolute total depravity and lifted us to Himself pouring out His grace to us.

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    II. His love is unlimited

    A. He, who loved us forgave us, doing so without limit.

    1. Revelation 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

    2. Luke 23:34 Then Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.’ And they divided His garments and cast lots.

    B. John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son…

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    III. His love is unselfish

    A.

    1. 1 Corinthians 13:5-6 Love “Does not behave itself unseemly, seeks not her own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil; Rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth.”

    2. Jesus is the perfect example of selflessness. Matthew 20:28 says, ‘Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many.’

    B.

    • 2 Corinthians 8:9 “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.”

    • John 10:10 ‘The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it] more abundantly.

    When you think about suffering, what comes to mind? Do you envision bedraggled children with distended stomachs, a hospital patient hooked up to life-sustaining medical equipment, or a courageous veteran dealing with the aftermath of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Adversity seems to be a common denominator to human existence, but what does the Bible have to say about suffering?

    Jesus spoke to His disciples about suffering. One of the most well-known verses reads, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Matthew 16:24 ESV). The Greek word for cross in this verse is staurós. It refers to the crossbeam which the lowest criminals carried as they trudged toward their execution. The cross symbolized degradation and indescribable pain as well as sacrifice.

    While the invitation to eternal life is free, it comes at a price–certain suffering.

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