"I am debtor both to Greeks and to
barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish. Thus, for my part, I am
eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome. For I am not
ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to every
one who believers, to the Jew first and also to the Greek" (Romans
I have just
completed personal evangelism workshops in Totoras, Ecuador.
These workshops in several locations have been
well attended. There is a hunger in these churches for solid Biblical
teaching, and for encouragement to share Christ.
I taught the material I wrote in the Spanish
training manual on evangelism. I don't think I have ever been around a
group of believers who have such a hunger to learn how to share Christ
In the community of Totoras, the church is at
12,780 feet above sea level. Potatoes, onions and large butter beans
grow at this altitude. The air is rare, and at 13,000 feet sheep feed on
Paramo grass. Nothing else grows above that altitude. But in this simple
agricultural existence there is a passion for Christ.
I found that same hunger for God at Puculpala where
I conducted three day personal witnessing workshop. There was an intense
hunger to learn with a hundred questions and desire to apply what they
The last conference in the Andes on this trip was held in the high isolated
mountain village of Huaneu Pallaguchi. There were over 80 in attendance,
and a constant appeal to please return and teach us more of these
studies. The pastor expressed the same thoughts of many other pastors
who tell me, "We have never heard such a simple presentation of the plan
of salvation. It is so easy to share Christ this way. We have never had
anyone show us how to mark the Bible and demonstrate how to use it."
The first week I worked in towns along jungle road
in Tena. One of the professors at Peniel Theological Seminary is the
pastor in a town composed of jungle Quechuas who speak a different
dialect from the Cotopaxi mountain Quechuas. Four two day conferences
were held in this area. The professor-pastor told his congregation,
"This is an in-depth Bible centered presentation of the Gospel message.
It is not shallow. It is a simple presentation, yet profound."
I also spent one afternoon in Colta speaking to a
group of 50 Quechua pastor's wives at a special conference on the family
led by Alberto and Nancy Copa. There is such an intense hunger to learn
Biblical principles that they keep asking for more. Pray for these women
who faithfully serve in churches along with their husbands.
One afternoon along this road, we visited a Quechua
business man who owns a tourist camp along the Napo River that flows
into the Amazon. He is a leader in the Baptist Church in the town. He
invited his family and workers into a conference room and asked me to
speak. I sensed the Lord leading me to take them down the Roman Road.
When I finished with an invitation, one of the employees raised his hand
and said, "I want to receive this free gift of eternal life today." We
prayed with him as he put his trust in Christ. His boss said that this
young man had been very hard to reach for Christ.
There is so much more I could share. Let me close
with the testimony of a Quechua couple in Tena who accepted Christ as
their savior 52 years ago, and have faithfully served Him in the midst
of persecution. When Manuel was seven years old missionaries gave his
older brother a hand cranked phonograph with records of Scriptures and
Bible stories translated into Quechua. They got around the phonograph
every day and cranked it and listened to the gospel message. They were
too afraid to go into the missionaries homes, but God used this to open
the door to their hearts and to faith in Christ. His brother, Pablo
Sugui was the first believer in the community of San Antonio de Quito
near Colta, Ecuador. Those who were opposted to the gospel called him "the devil's child." They
tried to burn down a hay stack where he was hiding from them one night,
and on another occasion they built a huge bonfire and said they were
looking for this "son of the devil." God protected him and his younger
brother and family trusted Christ. They grew in the grace of God in the
midst of persecution.
We are privileged to serve the second generation of
me that God will use these evangelism workshops to His glory among the
Quechua speaking believers in Ecuador.
From Him, and through Him, and to Him be all the
glory. "Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be
honor and glory forever and ever. Amen" (1 Timothy 1:17, NASB).
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Pastor and Church Leadership Training Ministry in Ecuador.
Each trip costs approximately $3,000
and covers airplane tickets, room and board, rent for truck, gas, local
workers, textbooks and food for students.
Pray for evangelism saturation teams to do door-to-door
evangelism and rallies at night.
Pray for scholarships for Peniel Seminary students in Riobamba, Ecuador.
Pray for Evangelism Workshops with Nicaragua Baptist pastors.
Pray for wisdom to know where the Lord is leading to conduct evangelism
workshops, and where to focus teaching ministry.
We have been asked to return every three months and teach Ecuador pastors.
We are presenting one-day, three-day
weekend, and one week Evangelism Workshops for pastors and church leaders in
churches in Latin America.
Pray for Alberto &
Alberto Copa with his wife Nancy
Alberto is a pastor and
leader in the Quechua Evangelical Churches in Chimborazo Province, Ecuador.
He is Director of the Peniel Theological Seminary in Riobamba, Ecuador. He
has over 20 years' experience pastoring bilingual churches in Ecuador. He
and his wife are both graduates of an evangelical seminary in Bolivia.
Alberto coordinates our work in
Ecuador. You can find his Quechua studies on
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