In the Ecuadorian highlands, Journey participants will work with the
Mennonite churches in Quito for most of the time, working with children's peace
workshops, Colombian refugee aid, after-school tutoring, and other ministries of
the congregation. The congregations have a vision to be a peacebuilding presence
in this city of 2.7 million, with a significant ministry to refugees from
Colombia and other parts of the world. Many Colombians have become part of the
church due to the compassionate hospitality shown to them by this
Long-term mission workers Delicia Bravo and Peter Wigginton will be your team mentors,
bringing years of experience living and working in various countries in Latin
America. They will orient you to the country, the city, and to your service, and
walk alongside you throughout the year. We only expect to have two or
three participants on this team, so apply early!
The team will also spend time with Mission Network workers, the Ross
Richer family, in the Ecuadorian rainforest to learn about ministry among
indigenous people and care for the environment. If you are outgoing, patient and energetic, and would like to teach English at a school in the rainforest, a special assignment can be arranged for several weeks or several months.
Journey participants will be welcome to visit all three Quito area Mennonite
churches, where you will experience vibrant worship and fellowship and learn
what it is like to be a Christian in that part of the world. You will have times
of reflection and Bible study to strengthen your own faith. Together with your
team, you will create a community of support and encouragement during this
Here is a link to a video prepared by our mission workers, Peter and Delicia Wigginton about the churches and people in Quito.
If you have a positive attitude, are self-motivated, and up for spontaneity
and improving your Spanish, Ecuador may be just the right place for you!