Quito Quest engages in outreaches with the following ministry sites across Ecuador:
Bellavista is a small community about 3 hours away from the city of Tena. The leader of this community, Pastor Ramiro, took a leap of faith by moving from his home in Ibarra to the jungle to serve as the lead pastor of this community. The church has been working on providing access to clean water, as many families still depend on rain water or collect water from the river.
They are also working on a multi-purpose building that that is about to be finished. With this building, they will have a large community kitchen and a space for the children’s ministry.
One of the dreams is to have a large community garden where everyone in the community can participate in. In this way, everyone in the community will have better access to more nutritious fruits and vegetables, as they currently have to travel by canoe to buy them in a nearby town; making it expensive and not accessible for many families in the community.
Pastor Ramiro has also been working in communities around the area by sharing the Gospel and creating discipleship opportunities. teams traveling to this community, will most likely help out with the community garden project, men and women ministries, and creating several kid’s programs-focusing on water education and nutrition.
The Episcopal church of Buen Pastor is located in South Quito. Work in this community began about 30 years ago. There have been many people who have served in pastoral roles within the community and who have impacted the lives of the people in the community. Until about eight years ago, the church struggled with attrition from its membership. At that time the church changed their mission to be family to the community. This included not only the church services, but more programs within the community such as care for the elderly, breakfasts, teaching, literacy, etc.
The neighborhood has a unique population of people in particularly vulnerable situations. There are a high number of people involved with drugs, dysfunctional families, and young people living without their parents.
The Vision of Buen Pastor is to reach out to families who do not have a spiritual home in an intentional and personal way as Jesus Did. “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14
We exist so that in all that we do people can experience Jesus directly
Carmen Bajo is a very poor community situated on the side of a hill. Most of the parishioners live in the area. Unemployment is high (70%); most jobs that are held are manual labor - maids, factory workers, some 'professional' masons and plumbers.
The church of Carmon Bajo consists of two parts. One is the former church building, which is now the center for social services. The Compassion International Program is held here along with a preschool and other education programs. It is still in the process of being constructed, to add more classrooms. The building is now four stories tall. The Compassion office is on the first floor along with bathrooms and the pre-school classes. The second floor has 4 classrooms, storage, and the pastor's office; the third floor is a large multi-purpose room and a kitchen. There are also classrooms in the back.
The church services are now held in a different location that is more accessible to the public. The building is also still in process of being constructed. The dream is that it will be a five-story building, to hold all church activities including a new sanctuary, church offices, Sunday school classes and parking. Currently, the new building is under construction.
A home whose mission it to provide hope, purpose and freedom for girls at risk or who have been rescued from the sex trade so they can experience emotional, physical and spiritual healing and discover their value and purpose as daughters of the King.
A home for former street boys whose mission is to see youth at risk become successful Christian leaders in their home, church, community and world.
Cristo Liberador is an Episcopal community that began serving the area of Comité del Pueblo about 30 years ago and plays an important role in the community.
After 30 years of being around, the people of the community know the church and its members well. Prior to the foundation of Cristo Liberador, the community had no church to guide them in their spiritual needs. When a priest was found, he began to visit homes within the community; shortly after, the church bought the building where they still meet today.
As Episcopals in Ecuador, the church sometimes feels like a very small, isolated group. When teams visit the site, it helps the congregation feel like they are a part of something larger and that there are others who share the same faith and love of Christ, as well as who desire to share their stories.
Cristo Liberador wants to be a bridge between the Evangelical Church and the Roman Catholic Church. They desire to grow slowly, but deeply, and to share with brothers and sisters from the groups that visit and those new experiences. The church also has a dream to build a nursing home in order to help the elderly who are the most vulnerable and lonely.
Dios Es Amor
Dios Es Amor is a community church in south Quito. It was started by a group of professionals and has moved three times until finally settling down in an impoverished neighborhood called Ferrocarril.
The church is building what will be their new church building plus several multi-purpose areas. Teams will be doing construction VBS, sports camps, house visits, and all kinds of community outreach projects.
Emaus is an Episcopal Church situated in a poor area of south Quito. MOst of the parishoners live in the area, although some travel up to 2 hours each way to be a part of the church. Most jobs that are held by congregants are manual labor such as maids and factory workers and some masons and plumbers. Although a small church, they are very active and growing. The youth ministry is particularly strong, as well as the women's ministry.
The church functions in a newly constructed building that was built by the church members and short term teams.
Gualsaqui is a Quichua community 30 minutes outside of Otavalo. It is mostly a rural and agricutural society. The church is wanting to build new classrooms for Sunday school/compassion programs. Teams will be doing construction, VBS, Youth Group, house visits, offer meals, and care for the elderly and all kinds of community outreach projects. Preaching on a church service is expected if a team is there on Sunday. They should have 3 testimonies prepared, and the interns should practice translating with them.
La Roca Skate Ministry is located in Calderon, on the north side of Quito. The ministry shares the property of a local church, Centro Cristiano Integracion Familiar (CCIF). The pastors of the local church are Pr. Arturo Espinelt and Pr. Anibal Lara. Brock Luginbill is the Founder and Director of La Roca. Manuel Ronquillo is the Director of Ministry and coordinates what is "shared" with skaters at the weekly Skate Church service, Bible studies, and discipleship groups.
Kairos Baptist Church is located in Puyo. This city is the provincial capital of Pastaza, housing some 25,000 residents. Pastor Jaime has been pastoring this church for about 8 years now. Puyo lends itself as a great location to reach out to different indigenous communities with the gospel. This church has currently several different ministries: Christian education, youth, ladies, worship, evangelism, prayer, discipleship, missions, charitable work, and miming. It is a mission-minded church that is working in two provinces, Pastaza and Morona Santiago. A school of missions is provided and facilitated by this church to its own members and also to key leaders of the different indigenous communities.
Shandia is a jungle community, 20 minutes outside of Tena. Jim Elliot began ministry in this community 50 years ago. His house still stands and is a subject of some controversy.