Ecuador is a country straddling the equator on South America’s west coast. Its diverse landscape encompasses Amazon jungle, Andean highlands and the wildlife-rich Galápagos Islands.
Arco Church, based in Cuenca, Ecuador started in 1987 with a small group of believers that has grown to over 1,800 members. Arco has had great success at extra-local church planting, with 17 churches in 16 different cities in 4 countries, each of which has a network of house churches. It is committed to evangelism, equipping, serving the poor, and building a vital student movement.
Two effective strategies have been: to utilize short-term trip opportunities to plant house churches, and to leverage opportunities to serve local children through joint projects with Compassion International (CI). In 2016, Xenos launched a 5 year partnership with Arco focusing on El Oro province. As our partneship has grow over the past few years, we now are able to support the growing church in three cities Santa Rosa, Huaquillas and Camilo Ponce Enriquez. Our partnership with Arco consists of regular financial support to the chruches in these three cities as well as annual short term trips to facilitate a medical clinics to help grow the reach of the local church.
Santa Rosa, a city of 90,000 people, is the capital of shrimp farming. Plans have been made to build a new refinery that is projected to bring a wave of new people. Santa Rosa is also the port to the archipelago Jambeli. At this time, Arco Santa Rosa has approximately 150 members in 6 home churches and a 4 year project with CI to serve 100 children. This project allows the church to interact with families of the children as well. Arco has placed Alfonso Beltran, an apostolically gifted leader and experienced church planter, in Santa Rosa to oversee this anticipated growth.
Huaquillas, a city of 47,000 people, is a border city with Peru. There is an international bridge from there to the Peruvian city of Aguas Verdes with a population of 20,000. Consequently, there is a large amount of commerical movement between these gateway cities. Arco Church in Huaquillas is comprised of 2 home churches and serves 100 children through a project with CI. Recently, Arco opened a new ministry called "Casas de Dios," or "God's Houses," where houses are built for those in most need.
Camilo Ponce Enriquez or 'Ponce' is small city just outside El Oro province. Arco church sent out Johnny and his family in 2017 to help start the church in Ponce. Now there are two home churches, a youth group and a larger Sunday morning meeting of about 60 folks. Arco church is becoming a respected fixture in this community and they have done a lot to support their neighbors. In September 2019 the Xenos short-term team helped to put on a medical clinic in Ponce. During this clinc Arco members were able to lead over 350 people to Christ and we were able to provide medical care to over 1,000. Pray that many of the new believers would be incorporated into the church in Ponce.
Your donation will contribute to our partnership commitment to provide much needed support to church planters and indigenous workers in their efforts reach the lost, develop leaders, and serve the poor in their communities.
To give to our Parntner in Ecuador, click here. Select Global Partnership Fund, then choose the option for Ecuador - Arco Church.