The Whittakers to Ecuador How can they hear?

In the United States, most believers attend a worship service and a Sunday school class at least once a week.

The average church in the USA has at least 10 different groups or Bible studies going on throughout the week.

Many believers in the USA attend at least one yearly Christian conference and a few concerts.

Believers in the USA often participate in corporate prayer and/or belong to a prayer group via e-mail or online.

There are thousands of online resources in English for the evangelical community that are not translated into any other language.

Yet, even with all these resources available to you, you find it hard to grow in your faith. Imagine how it would be if none of these things were available to you.

There is one trained Christian worker for every 235 people in the United States.

In the rest of the world, there is one trained Christian worker for every 450,000 people.

How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? ~ Romans 10:14

Most pastors outside the USA do not have access to biblical resources to help them shepherd their congregations.

80% of the pastors outside the United States have never received any kind of biblical training. Some of them pastor multiple churches.

Long-term discipleship and training is crucial in order to help the people of Ecuador reach their own communities.

The best group of people to reach a nation for Christ are the local pastors and leaders.

Our goal is to provide theological training and discipleship to local pastors and leaders so that they can be most effective in reaching their own communities for Christ.

Without proper training, syncretism begins to permeate most of the teaching in Ecuadorian churches.

Syncretism is the blending of multiple belief systems forming a new belief that looks very different than the original.

Ecuador is home to millions of Andean Highland Quichua people which makes it the largest indigenous group in the Americas. These are the direct descendants of the Inca Empire.

"They were conquered, subjugated for centuries, and considered virtually animals who were the property of the land owners. They are the lowest of the socioeconomic strata." - Dr. David Sills

Because of the lack of proper biblical training, many Quichua people incorporate Roman Catholic and animistic beliefs into their expression of Christianity.

In addition to the Quichua there are many other indigenous groups in Ecuador that have great need for the Gospel.

With your partnership, we can...

Effectively train pastors and leaders so that they can rightly divide the word of truth and better shepherd their people.

Reach new areas that have little to no access to the Gospel and fulfill Christ's command of making disciples of all nations.

and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.

(2 Timothy 2:2)

Please pray for our family as we prepare to return to Ecuador to help equip the people of this beautiful country with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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