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.
Verbo Christian Church, based in Cuenca, Ecuador started in 1987 with a small group of believers that has grown to over 1,800 members. Verbo has had great success at extra-local church planting, with 40 churches in 30 different cities, 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 Verbo in two cities poised for significant growth: Santa Rosa and Huaquillas.
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, Verbo 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.
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. Verbo Church in Huaquillas is comprised of 2 home churches and serves 100 children through a project with CI.
Recently, Verbo opened a new ministry called "Casas de Dios," or "God's Houses," where houses are built for those in most need. Hermes Sarango has been identified as an apostolic leader for this city.
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