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Peniel Seminary Students with a Missionary Vision
NEW Unto the Ends of the Earth
Peniel Theological Seminary Riobamba Ecuador
Advancing the Gospel in New Frontiers in Nicaragua
Peniel Theological Seminary Riobamba Ecuador
Revitalizing a Shuar Church in Ecuador
Preaching the Gospel at the Devil's Nose Ecuador
Personal Evangelism in
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Annual Quichua Pastors
Leadership Conference Riobamba, Ecuador
A Fruitful Harvest by Abide in Christ Evangelism
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Continuing Theological Education in Ecuador
Divine Encounter in Guayaquil
Study to Show
Your Self Approved of God in Ecuador
Seminary Extension in Guaranda,
Workmen Approved of God
Quichua Pastors and Wives'Conference 2012
Teaching Evangelism by Doing It
Miskito People Evangelism Training in Nicaragua
Where Would You Begin?
Power of God to Salvation of Quechuas
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Dr. John Howell's Evangelism Team Report on Ecuador
Pastor's Conference with the Quechuas in Riobamba, Ecuador August 2011
Quechua churches in Riobamba, Gatazo, and Jipijapa,
Ecuador in June, 2011
Born to Multiply in Santo
Domingo, Gataso, San Bardardo, and Guayaquil, Ecuador
Workshops in Wiwili, San
Juan de Rio Coca, and San Raphael de Norte
Ministry to Quechuas
Construction of new Baptist Mission Ocotal, Nicaragua
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Powerful Personal Witness for
Christ Over 500 Personal Decisions
Evangelism Workshops in Chachapoyas Peru
Evangelism Training in Nicaragua 2010
Las Crusitas Bible Institute in Honduras
and the city of Talanga
Evangelism Workshops four cities in Nicaragua
Evangelism Team in Lepaterique, Honduras
Evangelism Workshops with
Nicaraguan Baptist pastors in Ocotal
Evangelism Team Witnessing
in Danli and Zapotillo
Evangelism and Construction Team Danli & Zapotillo January 2009
Team in Palacaguina, Nicargua
Door-to-Door Evangelism Team at Las Acacias report by Dr. John
Church that Meets in Pablo's House
Two New Missions Completed in Honduras
God at Work in Two New
Mission Starts in Honduras
Evangelism Conference in Nicaragua
Gospel Outreach in
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Graduation of Students
New Mission Churches
Preach the Gospel in Season
Mission Outreach in Danli, Honduras
Biblical Preaching & Teaching Course - Follow-up on Zapotillo
Baptist Mission Started in Zapotillo,
God in a
Children's Bible Classes in Danli, Honduras
Baptism of new believers in Danli,
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I Saw God Do It!
Dr. John Howell, Jr., DDS
Dental Evangelism in Eastern Jungle of Ecuador
Seems like an eternity since returning to Ecuador!
It’s amazing how God took three of us men from the United States and
three Ecuadorians to a place where God chose to work. I was excited once
again to team up with Don Dumas, a pharmacist, who has the gift of
evangelism and with Bro. Wil Pounds.
God has placed Bro. Wil in Ecuador and is using him in a mighty way to equip
others through seminary extension courses, discipleship conferences, pastor
conferences and evangelism workshops.
I have looked forward to serving with Alejandro Guacho Coro, Jefferson Copa
and Damaso Francisco. Damaso is a Bolivian and a professor at Peniel
Seminary. Eighteen year old
Jefferson, my translator and a university student, is Alberto Copa's son.
Alberto is a pastor and director of Peniel Seminary of which he
started in 2010 with 13 students. Now
there are 200 students at the seminary.
mission week entailed helping some of the communities by extracting teeth.
This outreach is not a replacement for
evangelism, but it’s to complement the evangelism efforts of two local
It was exciting to see how God brings
everything together for His glory with the unknowns that lie ahead.
But as always, when God calls, God equips
and God provides!
Pictured on left are Damaso Francisco, Alejandro
Guacho and Jefferson Copa.
We arrived late Friday night to be met at the Quito airport by Bro. Wil and
Alejandro. After spending Friday night in Quito, we spent Saturday morning
rounding up dental supplies and traveling to Riobamba and stopping for lunch
Saturday evening we searched for tables
and what could suffice as a dental chair.
Without finding the much needed chair, we
headed to San Juan de Guabo Sunday morning as we trusted God to provide.
Pictured above left to right are John Howell, Wil Pounds and Don Dumas
at high Andean lake around 12,000 feet.
Saturday night we arrived in Riobamba, located right in the middle of
Ecuador. Sunday morning we
left early for Guabo, further east, to extract teeth in a village where
Alberto Copa has begun a ministry.
The village is at the base of the volcanic snowcap mountain,
Chimborazo. There were
warnings that Chimborazo may erupt at any time.
If that happened, all of the area around Riobamba would have to
Pictured above is Dr. Howell with a Quichua dental patient at San Juan
Sunday was a good day! We arrived at San Juan de Guabo around 10:00 a.m.
and set up a dental clinic.
Using a table placed behind a plastic chair, we found a board which Don
leaned up at an angle against a box of Gideon bibles for a head rest.
God had provided a dental chair!
We were able to see 45 patients and extract 42 teeth. While the
dental clinic was busy, Don Dumas was sharing the gospel with the
locals. Praise God for 22 salvations! I was impressed by how these dear
people were anxious to help with the needs for the day. What a delicious
lunch of beef, corn, potatoes and salad the church provided.
Sunday night we had church services at Genesis Bilingual
Evangelical Church where Don and I shared our testimonies.
Praise God for a great day!
Monday morning we checked out of Hotel Laguna for a 4 ½ hour drive to
Sucua. It's not uncommon for
roads to be washed out in places during the rainy season.
Parts of the road were washed out and covered with mudslides.
Thankfully the road was cleared enough where it was passable.
pm we were ready to stretch our legs.
We found a clearing where we could look out and enjoy God's
beautiful creation. Traversing
the hillside was a narrow path that led down to some houses.
Approaching us was a young man
with a machete. As Bro. Wil
introduced us and conversed with him, he told us of six families that
lived in the bend of the river.
Bro. Wil asked the young man about his relationship with Jesus Christ.
After sharing the Roman Road, he prayed to receive Christ.
What a beautiful witness of a divine appointment on the road to
Sucua! Pray for Marcelo Laylla.
Pray Marcelo reads his New Testament daily and
shares his testimony with the other families.
Above Wil Pounds is
seen leading Shuar farmer to Christ.
By 3:15 we arrived in Sucua, checked into the hotel and found a
restaurant. For dessert we walked to an ice cream shop where we met a
couple, Florine and Mayra, from France.
As tourists they were traveling all over South America by
Don Dumas, John Howell, Myra, Florine and two
friendly Ecuadorian policemen.
Tuesday morning after having a tasty breakfast, we met up with Florine
and Mayra as they were being questioned by immigration authorities.
The police took their pictures and their passports. After
questioning them, the police asked to see Don and my passport and
likewise took pictures. We
didn't let the police leave without Don giving them Gideon New
Testaments and sharing the Gospel.
They allowed us to take a photo of them with the couple and us.
Afterwards we began visiting with Flo and Mayra.
They expressed that they were atheists, and their interest in
finding a route into the jungle.
So we invited them to come along with us for the day to Chivias.
Picturedabove is a Shuar couple in typical Shuar
What a day in Chivias! This
is jungle territory where the gospel has never been proclaimed and has
no Gospel witness. None!
The villagers are engraved with the witchdoctor’s witchcraft and
voodoo vices. We set up the
dental clinic and saw just a few patients.
The children were amazed at the dental clinic and wanted to know
what each instrument and item was used for.
10 dental patients with only 5 extractions, but praise God for 11 people
who committed their lives to Christ.
Our new friends from France fit right in with the group and were
very helpful. Their hearts
were touched and as we left that afternoon, they had tears in their
eyes. No doubt, God brought us all together for a purpose.
And that too goes for the witchdoctor who made his presence known
and said his chants and
did his dance. After our
visit we left with a heavy heart.
My prayer is that they received a glimpse of Jesus!
Pictured are Myra and Florine with Shuar children
in the Chivias community.
the way back to the hotel, Don invited this French couple to join us for
a Chinese dinner. This gave us
more time to visit. Bro. Wil asked them, "What has been your most
memorable experience on your journey so far.”
Their response was, "Today!”
I pray the Holy Spirit will use this day to begin to open their
hearts to the Gospel.
Wednesday morning we went to a tourist demonstration of the Shuar.
(The Shuar were once known as the headhunters of the jungle.)
The demo consisted of Shuar dancing and a hike.
The guide said all of the people were in town for a celebration.
He invited us to return the next afternoon so we could set up a
Pictured above is the Evangelism team at the
Kintia Panki water falls.
We drove on up a road towards another village.
(This was an unknown area to Alejandro and Bro. Wil.)
The area was beautiful with houses spread out along the river.
At one time the road crossed the river but the bridge had
collapsed and it is now used as a walk bridge. Jefferson, Alejandro,
Damaso and I “questionably” crept on the rickety bridge.
On the other side were two more houses.
At the first house, Damaso shared the gospel with a young lady
with two little children.
She listened but was not ready to receive Christ.
Above: Damaged jungle
bridge near Kintia Panki
the next house was a young man by the name of Evan Chuin and his wife
and two young children. Alejandro
visited with him and explained the gospel.
His wife went back into the house during the presentation.
(The house smelled like she was cooking and probably went to
check on her food.) Evan
continued to listen with understanding.
He prayed to receive Christ.
We didn't have any New Testaments so Jefferson went back across
the “ify” bridge to get more. As we continued on up the road, we
approached a young man named Brayon Unup.
We greeted him, Damaso shared the scriptures and Brayon prayed to
receive Christ. Praise God for
Above: Alejandro with Shuar family
Supposedly, there were no more houses up the road.
So we turned around to get back across the walk bridge before the
rain. However, there at the
house where the young lady and two little children were outside on the
porch. Alejandro went up to
give the mother a New Testament.
Out came two other people to listen.
There were no decisions, but Alejandro prayed with the family.
Dr. Howell, Damaso and Jefferson witnessing to Shuar family.
tramped across the bridge again!
While we were standing by our truck, we could see an older man and woman
trudging up a trail from down river.
With a little pressure, Alejandro and Damaso introduced all of
us. Although the couple was very
skeptical, they gave the men permission to speak about the Bible.
Bro. Wil and I backed away so as not to gang up on them and to
pray. Together, this older people
prayed to receive Christ. Another
Above is Alejandro and Damaso witnessing to Shuar farmer and his
Wil, Alejandro, Damaso and I waited at the truck while Don and Jefferson
went to make a visit. They came
back with a report that a lady listened attentively, and she too
accepted the truth of God’s word.
As we were standing around the truck and celebrating these salvations, a
group of high school students came by.
We handed them New Testaments, and Alejandro shared the Roman
Road. There were three girls and
three boys ranging from 13 - 16, and all prayed to receive Christ!
registering their decision to follow Christ in their New Testaments.
Above: Beautiful Ecuadorian jungle river and swinging
we drove out, we decided to turn down a road to see where it led.
The road went down to the river to what looked like a park or
retreat center. There was a group
of seven young people out on an island in the middle of the river.
They looked to be teenagers and were building a fire.
We were trying to decide whether to attempt to wade the swift
river or not. After several minutes contemplating the challenge, Don,
Jefferson and I rolled up our pants’ legs and hit the water.
Was it ever cold and swift!
I held Dan's left hand to help steady him while he held on to a
stick with the other. Slowly, we
made it to the island and introduced ourselves.
These were college and high school students, and three of the
youth had spent time in the U.S. and spoke good English.
At first there was not a lot of attention from them, but as Don
continued to share Christ, they became very intent on what he was
saying. You could watch the
conviction overcoming them as the Holy Spirit opened their hearts as
they received Christ!
Their names are: Jair Zeas, Romana velez,
Prisci!a Vasquez, Juan Pablo Gomezjurado, Angie Marin, Hjalmar
Gomezjurado, and Monica Chica.
Pictured above: Don Dumas, John Howell and
Jefferson returning from the island in the river after witnessing to a
group of students.
We drove back to Sucua, rested up for a time and ate.
Across the street was a park, a perfect place to relax.
We stopped at a gift booth in the park and Bro. Wil shared Christ
with two men working the booth.
There was no response from them but seeds were planted.
Bro. Wil said he was going to turn in for the night, and Don and
I walked over to a park bench and sat down.
A young man who spoke English walked up.
His name was Juan and he owned the yogurt shop where we had been
getting a bowl of yogurt every night.
He was from Sucua but had spent a lot of time in the U.S.
Don introduced us and asked the young man what he thought about
how he could get to heaven.
He gave the typical answers: be good, go to church, be kind to others,
etc. I asked Juan, "If what
you believe was not true, would you want to know."
He responded with excitement, "Of course!"
We began by telling him of God's love and let him read John 3:16.
Don asked him what that verse meant to him.
After each verse Don would ask Juan, "What does that verse mean
to you? When the question
was asked if you would like to receive the free gift of eternal life,
Juan responded, "Of course!"
What a great ending to a wonderful day in the downtown park of Sucua!
Don Dumas witnessing to a Shuar farmer.
Thursday morning we asked for directions to the road on the
opposite side of the river from where we were yesterday.
We fueled up the truck and headed out to find the road.
The first people we met were two young men.
One of them was washing containers and the other was feeding hogs
bananas. Bro. Wil introduced us
all, and Alejandro took the lead in sharing the plan of salvation.
Both men gave their hearts to the Lord.
What a beautiful beginning to a new day!
Alejandro leading a Shuar pig farmer to Christ in his field.
At the next house there were two men.
Jefferson did an excellent presentation of the Gospel to one of
them while Damaso presented Christ to the other.
They both wanted to think about it.
In the afternoon we went back to the Shuar village and
set up the dental clinic. We
saw 18 patients from the small village.
Most of them just wanted their teeth cleaned, but I didn’t have
the necessary instruments.
It was surprising that their teeth were so healthy.
I only extracted three teeth on two patients.
When we finished with the patients, Jefferson did a wonderful job
teaching the children about Jesus and singing songs.
A Shuar family then fed us a meal which consisted of fried
plantain and a boiled egg and tea made from the Guayusa plant served in
a gourd. We planned to visit
another community, but the rain came and we traveled back to Sucua.
I pray God will lead us back to this village soon.
After packing and saying goodbye to the locals, we headed out to the
city of Macas to visit an American missionary.
Unfortunately, she was not at home so we continued on to
Riobamba. After sipping on
cold ice tea, it was necessary to make a rest stop.
We pulled off to where an observation tower was under
construction. Four men were
hard at work laying the foundation.
Don gave Alejandro a New Testament and encouraged him go and
share with the men if they had time to visit.
The workers stopped and listened as the Roman Road was explained.
Their hearts were opened to the Word of God, and all four prayed
to receive Christ. Another
divine appointment along the road from Sucua to Riobamba!
Above: Alejandro is seen leading four tower construction workers to
In time for the next rest stop was another observation tower, and we
could see a man bent over doing something.
Alejandro, Don and I located a
trail that led down to the man. There in a corn field was this farmer
and his wife and two daughters.
They kept working and took intermittent breaks to listen as
Alejandro shared the gospel.
Don gave them each a New Testament.
They said they were Catholic and not interested. Alejandro
thanked them for their time, and we walked back up the trail to the
truck and continued on to Riobamba.
Above: Alejandro in a field witnessing to a farmer and
Saturday morning we went to Peniel to speak to the
seminary students. We
reported on the week and encouraged the students to share the gospel.
It was good to see Alberto and Nancy Copa.
The seminary meets in their home.
Afterwards we drove to Quito to catch our flight back to the
What a great week of witnessing God at work in the different communities
in Ecuador! We witnessed 59
professions of faith, saw 73 dental patients and extracted 50 teeth.
Everything was beautifully orchestrated, and GOD DID IT!
Damaso pictured with Wil challenging the Saturday students at Peniel
Theological Seminary to be faithful witnesses.
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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.
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