"Do your best to present
yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be
ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth" (2 Timothy 2:15).
The 5th Annual Quichua Pastors and Wives' Leadership
Conference at Peniel Theological Seminary in Riobamba, Ecuador
celebrated the fifth anniversary of the seminary's ministry.
The seminary began with 13 students and now has over 170 students in
Riobamba and extensions in Guayaquil, Quito, Pallatanga and Guaranda. New
centers are planned this year for Cuenca and another in Quito.
Wil serves as International Coordinator and a Bible and theology
professor at the extensions. At the pastors’ conference he gave six
presentations on the church, missions and personal evangelism. Each
participant received a copy of Wil's manual on personal witnessing,
Evangelismo en Profundidad. This manual is used in the three-day and
five-day evangelism conferences in Latin America.
Wil speaking at the Abide in Christ
Pastor's Conference at Peniel Theological Seminary.
“If a church is not involved in world missions, it will die. The pastor
is the key to world missions. If a pastor does not have a passion for
world missions, his congregation won’t either.”
Lenin and Nellie de Janon joined Wil in giving presentations at the
Pastor and Wives Conference. Lenin and Nellie served as missionaries for
33 years in the Spanish language broadcast at H.C.J.B., the Voice of the
Andes, Quito, Ecuador. Lenin's radio programs were heard around the
world. He pastored Tabernáculo de Fe Evangelical Church in Quito for
many years. Lenin also served as the Spanish voice and producer of
Adrian Roger's radio program El Amor que Vale for another 20 years. Nellie spoke to
pastors' wives on the ministry of the a pastor's wife. Lenin preached on
the call of God, the infiltration of false doctrines in the churches,
and family foundations. Lenin's messages and teaching were well received
by the pastors.
Lenin de Janon is the
speaker on Adrian
Roger’s program in Spanish, El Amor
que Vale. He is shown here speaking
to pastors at our conference.
Alberto Copa, Rector
of the Seminary teaching First Corinthians each morning.
Alberto Copa, the Rector of Peniel Theological Seminary, gave excellent expositions on
Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians. He addressed many of the
problems facing the Quichua churches in Ecuador. One of the greatest
joys of my life is team teaching and working together in mission
projects with Alberto. Lenin said to me, "Wil, you can see the hand of
God on Peniel Theological Seminary. It is definitely a work of God."
Alberto teaching First
Corinthians at conference.
Lenin speaking to
pastors and wives.
Lenin jotted off this summary of the Peniel trip.
"It was a privilege and a blessing for both of us to be invited by Wil
Pounds as conference speakers during the 5th Congreso
Internacional del Seminario Teológico Peniel. Also, it was a
tremendous challenge to bring before faculty and students a variety of
topics that were thoroughly explained in the light of what the Bible and
"Nélida was very much at home talking about the women´s role as wife,
mother, pastor´s wife and friend. Her conferences, personal testimony
and her experiences as
missionary at HCJB, pastor´s wife, mother of 3 children and her passion
for handicapped children that developed into the formation on
“Campamento Esperanza”, was the forerunner (latter on) of Fundacion
FUNNVAQ, the group of ladies of different evangelical churches that
worked as “voluntarias” at the Hospital Vozandes in Quito.
participation of the ladies was outstanding, especially during the
conference based on 1 Cor. 1:3:1-4.
Lenin, Nellie and
Gloria Gusnay Greek professor at Peniel.
"Lenin tackled the following themes: Infiltration of false doctrines in
the church; basis principles for a Christian family; the purpose of the
church and missions; autopsy of dead church; women´s ministry in the
church and the reality of today´s church.
"Although some of the themes were debatable from the human standpoint
they were not from the Bible´s standpoint.
"The graduation ceremony was very moving, and I thank God for those who
now are well trained and prepared for the sowing of the Word of God.
"Thanks so very much for allowing us to be part of your precious
"Pastor Lenin De Janon and Lcda. Nélida De Janon."
Wil also gave the
challenge to the new seminary graduates on Wednesday night. This was his
second year to give the commencement address at graduation.
Wil speaking at Peniel
Evening service at
Pastor and Wives' Conference at Peniel Theological Seminary.
Over 400 pastors and wives came from all areas of Ecuador.
Nellie de Janon speaking at the women's conference at Peniel.
After the Leadership Conference, Alberto Copa, Alejandro Guacho and I
drove to Puyo and held a two day evangelism and leadership training
workshop in a large Quichua church. Puyo is the gateway to the eastern
jungle of Ecuador.
Always a joy to have a
pastor’s child running around!
Abide in Christ
Evangelism and Church Leadership workshop in Quichua Evangelical Church
in Puyo, Ecuador
Alejandro, Damaso Francisco and I spent four days in Chivias, a Shuar
community, teaching Bible classes, and preparing for a Vacation Bible
School team coming from Alejandro's Quichua church to share Christ with
children. Two hundred children are expected
to attend. Wil will return to Chivias in September with Dr. John Howell and
Don Dumas to attend to dental needs in the community, and share Christ
through personal witnessing and Bible teaching.
refreshments to Shuar children at Bible study in Chivias, Ecuador.
One of the greatest joys was having Nancy Copa with us for the
conference. Nancy was seriously injured in an automobile accident in
November 2014. We continue to pray for her recovery. Her desire is to be
back serving alongside her husband in the Quichua Churches.
Everyone wanted to hug
Nancy and give warm prayers at the conference.
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Partnership missions give you an opportunity to become personally
involved in what God is doing in world missions.
daily for the work in Ecuador, Nicaragua and Honduras.
We are a faith mission and are dependent upon your financial
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Pastor and Church Leadership
Training Ministry in Ecuador.
Each trip costs approximately
$4,000 and covers airplane tickets, room and board, rent for truck, gas,
local workers, textbooks and food for students.
Pray for Alberto Copa as he
coordinates our work in Ecuador.
Pray for evangelism saturation teams to come for door-to-door evangelism and nightly rallies.
Pray for scholarships for Peniel
Theological Seminary students in Riobamba, Ecuador.
Pray for Aristides Bustillo and his
ministry in Nicaragua. Pray for Evangelism in Depth
workshops with Nicaragua Baptist
Pray for wisdom to know where the
Lord is leading to conduct evangelism workshops, and where to focus
We have been asked to return every three months and
teach Ecuador pastors.
Pray for an open door to begin a
church in the hometown of Pablo Servion
in Lepaterique, Honduras.
We are presenting one-day, three-day
weekend, and one week Evangelism Workshops in churches in Latin America.
These are proven
practical and effective personal evangelism workshops for pastors and
church leaders. The vision for training rural pastors began with a
course on personal evangelism while serving as a missionary in Honduras.
Alberto and Nancy Copa coordinate Abide in Christ in Ecuador. Alberto is
a Quichua pastor with 20 years' experience and Rector of Peniel
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.