Welcome to Ecuador, a small nation boasting the magnificent peaks of the Andean range which separates the muggy coastal plains of the west from the steamy Amazonian jungles on the east. Ecuador is 95 percent Catholic, though in practice this is often mingled with indigenous beliefs. SIM serves the Ecuadorian people in four cities through a variety of ministries which meet human needs and strengthen the church. These ministries include community service, AIDS outreach, leadership development, discipleship, Missions mobilization and radio and evangelism outreach.
By faith, we see:
- our team growing (30+ missionaries)
- outreach into the southern regions of Ecuador resulting in the formation of many groups of believers meeting together in the small towns
- many young people being reached for Christ and discipled into Christ-focused churches
- SIM partnering with like-minded churches and organizations in order to increase the impact and longevity of our ministries
- Ecuadorians catching hold of the Great Commission and going as missionaries to other places
Country and Ministry Profile
SIM has been working in Ecuador since 1989, concentrating on church planting and ministry to human needs. The country attracted the attention of the Christian world in 1956 with the martyrdom of five missionaries by the Auca (Waorani) tribe. Since then, most ethnic groups of Ecuador have been evangelized to some extent. Five groups are still considered unreached. The country officially has religious freedom, although it is strongly Roman Catholic, and active opposition to evangelical witness exists. In Guayaquil, where more than 60% of the people are extremely poor and many live in slums built on a polluted marsh, we partner with an Ecuadorian Christian organization ministering to people living with HIV & AIDS.
The city and province of Loja are recognized as particularly unreached with the Gospel, with less than 0.1% evangelicals. In Loja, SIM has initiated a cooperative community ministry and is participating with other missions and local churches in radio, evangelism, and holistic church planting. The united effort, called Operación Esperanza (Operation Hope), is already increasing our effectiveness in reaching the area for Christ. Other ministries include Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), medical outreach, health education, student café, and discipleship.
We are also focused on assisting the Latin American mission movement, partnering with COMEC, a grassroots mission mobilization organization. SIM works in Quito seeking to mobilize churches for mission and to enable Ecuadorians to participate in the fulfillment of the Great Commission.
(From SIM USA’s website)