Thank you for your continued support and prayers for our ministry in Ecuador during these challenging times. We sincerely appreciate your thoughtful notes, texts, and emails expressing concern and seeking updates on our family.
Ecuador's situation has indeed become increasingly volatile. Recent surveys have unfortunately ranked it as the most dangerous country in South America. In recent days, the situation has rapidly deteriorated with escalating cartel violence, terrorism, widespread looting and prison riots. President Noboa has declared a state of emergency and an internal armed conflict against international drug cartels, mafias and national gangs. The country has been militarized, with curfews, military checkpoints and general restrictions in place.
We understand the concerns this raises, and we want to assure you that our primary focus is safety and responsible action. We are closely monitoring the situation and following all official recommendations and precautions. We are confident that Ecuador's military actions are legitimate and primarily aimed at preventing further instability.
We write not to seek your pity or anxiety, but to request your continued prayers for wisdom and protection. We intend to continue our regularly scheduled services and meetings, while acknowledging the present dangers of such gatherings. We believe Ecuador needs the Gospel now more than ever. Would you please uphold us in prayer so that we may discern the best course of action and navigate the current situation with God's guidance?
Additionally, we feel called to remain in the city during this crisis. Many of our people lack the resources or options for quick evacuation. In solidarity with our community, we choose to stay, knowing that we are safest in the center of God’s will. We firmly believe "for such a time as this" God has called us to serve in this city.
Despite the turmoil, God has been working mightily in our church plant and across Ecuador, even amidst Satan's opposition on personal, family, and now, national levels. Though these days are challenging, through Christ we are more than conquerors. We echo the words of Jim Elliott and Nate Saint: "We rest on Thee and in Thy name we go."
2 Thessalonians 3:1-5 “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.”