"I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live,
but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I
live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me" (Galatians
Abide in Christ
presents evangelism conferences in Ecuador with the emphasis on teaching
personal evangelism to Quechua pastors and leaders.
August 6-13, 2011 we
concentrated on the town town of Laguna San Martin which sits 11,200
feet above sea level across from Mt. Altar with its eternal snow
glistening in the sun. The Land of Canaan Evangelical Church has a
vibrant witness in this community. Wil taught evangelism workshops here, and Dr. John Howell, Don Dumas and Carl Mason went door
with leaders from the church sharing Christ. Wil also took class
members witnessing as part of the practical training during the workshop.
In two days there were 50 decisions for Christ. The next two days were
spent in Santa Ana, at
11,700 feet, where there is a new evangelical work, another 29 people made decisions
for Christ. The class members and these three Christian men from the
U.S. distributed over 250 New Testaments in these two locations. Since
the trip there have been many more decisions for Christ as these local
churches put into practice practical principles of witnessing.
Here is Dr. JOHN Howell's report.
Don Dumas, Carl Mason and myself
had the privilege of joining Bro. Wil Pounds for a week of
evangelism in the mountains of Ecuador in early August 2011.
The cool temperatures were a welcome relief to the scorching
Due to the late night arrival
into Quito, we spent the night at the Radio HCJB's Guest House and departed
early the following morning to Riobamba.
Pastor Julio and his son, Edwin met us in Quito.
Arriving in Riobamba we had an opportunity to meet our
translators for the week and share time getting to know one another
before the evening worship service.
filled the skies as the sun rose over the mountains early Monday
morning. We drove up into
the mountains to the community of Laguna San Martin.
As Wil began his teaching, we headed out with our translators,
sharing the gospel to those at home and working in the fertile fields.
The fertile soil which we found
many people were cultivating by hand pointed to their fertile hearts God
had been cultivating before we arrived. What
a blessing to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with such a beautiful
people in an area where Christianity is less than 50 years old.
Quechua's are quite and somewhat reserved but at the same time open to listening and receptive to our presence.
Always dressed modestly with the ladies wearing their hats
topping their long straight black hair.
Bright colored clothing identified the culture with the beauty of
the landscape. Men wore
ponchos to give them comfort from the mountain chill.
Men and women wore black rubber boots like the ones my
grandparents wore while farming.
At the first of the week, a 14
yr. old boy decided to go along with my translator and I.
The young Quechua seemed as though he was on a mission to go to
specific houses. He led us
to a field where a young Quechua man and his wife were cultivating their
small plot of land with hoes.
Their two young children were there with them as they worked.
Dedicated to their work they paused long enough to hear the
gospel and both accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.
young lad led us uphill and beyond all the houses.
I could not understand why we were passing all the houses but he
appeared to be on a mission.
After what seems to be several miles, but was only a few hundred yards,
the young man headed across the road ditch and up an embankment.
We topped a hill and there were 4 or 5 small houses.
A young lady was standing outside by one of the houses.
We shared the gospel with her and she accepted Christ.
This was our young guide's
18 year old cousin. No one
else was home at the other houses.
That day God used a 14 year old
boy to direct our path to the hearts He had prepared.
Don Dumas and I met a lady in an
area where they had begun a home church.
They have 12 people attending the church but only one Bible.
We left the lady enough Gideon PWT’s so each person could have
High is the Andes Mountains we
spent a week observing God at work in the hearts and lives of the
beautiful Quichua Indians.
Glory to God!
Don Dumas witnessing to Quichua woman in Laguna San Martin, Ecuador.
Land of Canaan Evangelical Church at Laguna San Martin, Chimborazo
Wil Pounds translating for Carl Mason at Genesis Evangelical Church,
Quichua believers at Santa Ana, Chimborazo Province, Ecuador
Jesus the Good Shepherd Evangelical Church, Santa Ana, Chimborazo,
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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.
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