• wise government leaders who are committed to justice and willing to address difficult social issues
• a spiritual maturity in the church that roots out false teaching and embraces a heart for the less evangelized
• effectively trained workers equipped for addressing both physical and spiritual poverty
The Galapagos Islands in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Ecuador are home to some of the most exotic and beautiful species of animals in the world. These islands are just one of many natural wonders that make Ecuador such a beautiful country. At the equator in western South America, Ecuador includes sections of the Amazon rain forest while the Andes Mountains, speckled with ruins of the Inca Empire, tower over the Pacific to the west.
Despite its beautiful landscape, Ecuador has long been marred by political turmoil and poverty. The country's history has been filled with corruption and rebellion. With political stability always in question, the economy has never been able to support Ecuador's nearly fifteen million people. While higher global oil prices have helped to reestablish the economy, 35 percent of Ecuadorians still live in poverty.
The Catholic Church in Ecuador has found its position being challenged in recent years by the increasing number of Evangelical churches. It has even resulted in violent actions against churches. Yet the impact of the gospel continues to spread. In 1967, only 120 of the 3 million Quichua were Christians. Today in some areas, almost 50 percent of the Quichua people have come to know Christ as their personal savior.
If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it. - John 14:14
Source: Tercer Cielo: "Un Día Mejor" [HQ/Lyrics]: MusicHighest
Continent: South America
Capital City: Quito
Major People Groups: mestizo 71.9%, Montubio 7.4%, Amerindian 7%, white 6.1%, Afroecuadorian 4.3%,
mulato 1.9%, black 1%, other 0.4%
Religion: Roman Catholic 74%, Evangelical 10.4%, Jehovah's Witness 1.2%, other 6.4%, atheist 7.9%, agnostic 0.1%
Language: Spanish, Amerindian languages
GDP Per Capita: $11,300
Literacy Rate: 94.5%