Ecuador’s often stunning scenery stands in stark contrast to the physical, emotional, and spiritual landscape of many homes in Ecuador. Although urban centers are more characterized by wealth, poverty is still rampant, especially among rural, indigenous people groups. Children often live in unimaginable conditions and are at high risk for physical and sexual abuse. For some, one or both of their parents are in jail for drug trafficking or other crimes. It is in this context that Word & Deed partners with Mision San Lucas in Quininde, a town of around 90,000 people in the tropical region of Ecuador and with CRETE in Quito, the capital city of Ecuador.

  • Christian After-School Programs

    Mision San Lucas Afterschool Sponsorship Program

    This program supports over 300 children in three centers in the rural city of Quininde. Many of these children do not have stable homes, and many come from single parent homes. The goal of this afterschool program is to reach the children and families living in poverty and at high risk of abuse in their communities, so that they may have the opportunity to hear the gospel and experience the life changing power of Jesus Christ. Their goal is to do all of this while providing a safe environment where children can experience love, Biblical instruction, and academic assistance in a Christian atmosphere that promotes healthy development. They also provide encouragement to restore relationships and help improve living conditions in a way that is consistent with Biblical principles. These After-School Programs are supported through our Child Sponsorship Program.

    Mision San Lucas also operates a medical clinic (Healing with Hope) in Quininde which Word & Deed has a close relationship with. Dr. Yeny Agila is the head physician and also the founder of the afterschool programs. Each child in the afterschool program has a yearly checkup by Dr. Yeny. She also reaches out to fringe communities that are often forgotten. She tends to their physical needs and frequently has Bible studies with the women of these communities and also hosts a weekly Bible study at the clinic.

  • Theological Training

    MINTS Church Leadership Training

    The goal of this project is to develop training workshops and facilities for the development of church leaders in Ecuador and other Spanish speaking countries. In partnership with MINTS International Seminary, this project supports seven study centers which provide biblical, Reformed training courses in the language of the local people at an affordable price, resulting in stronger biblical leadership in Ecuador’s churches and communities. They also operate a Christian book store which is available both to students and the public. A Sunday school teacher curriculum for the Old and New Testaments has been published and is promoted in Ecuador, Colombia, Mexico, and other Spanish speaking countries.

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