Wednesday, April 18

Celebrating the 40th Church Anniversary in Ecuador

In March we celebrated the entrance of the Church of the Nazarene to minister in Ecuador, with all of the Ecuadorian Church. Representatives from all six districts got together in the city of Guayaquil, Ecuador for this great celebration.

We were honored with the presence of the international leaders of the denomination and with the presence of the pioneer missionary couple of the Nazarene work in Ecuador - the Swain family.

It was a memorable and emotional time. We heard a little of the history of the moments of the opening of the work in Ecuador when the Swain family would go out to the streets with the accordion and would start playing and soon they would have children around them, soon after they would start a Bible study with their parents, and later on an organized church was born. This made me go back to my childhood and teenage years when we would do evangelistic gatherings in the city park and my pastor would also start playing the accordion and we would end up with a wonderful open-air service.

This was also a time to recognize the work of the Bustle family leading the development of Global Mission for the past years. We also had a special moment of seeing the first generation of pastors and church planters in Ecuador to pass on the baton to the new generations so that they continue the work of expanding the ministry of the church in this Country.

What a greater way to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the church, than with an ordination service with the presence of Dr. David Graves our Jurisdictional General Superintendent.

On sunday, several of the church of the Costa District joined the celebration at a gymnasium to celebrate a great closing service of all the celebrations. It was a time to celebrate, challenges, and fellowship at the Lord's Table.

We left the event blessed and challenged to keep on moving forward with the conviction that much more and greater years are ahead of God's Church in Ecuador.

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