The 4World Initiative
Last month, we met with our Area Director and the state-side members of our Ecuador team. Our purpose in meeting was to discuss the ministry in Ecuador and develop a vision for our church-planting model (Evangelize the lost, Disciple believers, Train leaders). We are so thankful for the direction that God gave to us during these meetings! Through our time of strategic planning, we established the 4World Initiative.
So, what is the 4World Initiative? It is a strategic 15-year plan to establish three national churches in three of the four worlds. The concept of 4World is taken from the country itself. Ecuador is comprised of 4 geographic regions: the jungles, the mountains, the coastal plains and the Galapagos Islands. We desire to reach every region of Ecuador with the Gospel, so we created a name that encompasses all of those regions. We want to see an indigenous, self-sustaining, self-governing and self-propagating church in each of those four worlds! How do we plan to accomplish this?
Our plan is to begin our ministry in the mountain range, in the town of Guano. There is currently a ministry taking place in this town. Our national coworkers, the Cruz family, have begun two Bible studies with their neighbors and contacts. Please be in prayer for this ministry! Guano will serve as a base for our team, as well as a place of orientation for new missionaries. The orientation time allows new missionaries to adapt to the culture and learn from the veteran missionaries. This is our first step for when we arrive on the field. During that orientation period, we will investigate target cities to see where the Lord would have us to go next. After the time of orientation, depending on the stage of the Guano ministry, we will move on to one of these new cities with the purpose of planting a new church.
Since there is already a ministry in progress in the mountains, our next step will be either the coastal plains or the jungle region. On the coastal plains, there is a cluster of towns: Cumandá, Bucay and El Triunfo. We have contacts in these towns who are curious about the Bible, and they are asking for someone to come and teach them. Our desire is to establish a church in one of these towns, with the intent to reach nationals in all three areas. There is another coastal location, Auguas Frias, where another ministry is developing. At this time there is a church-plant with a need for leadership training. On the jungle side of Ecuador, there is a town by the name of Macas. This town has a believer who is asking for someone to plant a church and develop a discipleship and leadership training program.
Our desire is to have a church plant in these three regions by the end of 15 years. Why do we call it the 4World Initiative, while we are only reaching three of the four worlds? Why do we not go to Galapagos ourselves? At this time, the Ecuadorian government is very strict on who can live on the Galapagos Islands. Our prayer is to meet, evangelize and disciple a Galapagos resident in one of our other ministries. Once the individual is discipled and trained, we can send him back to his own people on the Galapagos Islands.
At the present time, the Ecuador team consists of 4 families, two of which are on deputation. While our vision can be completed in 15 years, we need more laborers for the harvest! In our target cities, there are people who are asking for someone to come and teach the Bible. We are praying that God would direct two additional teams (four families) to join our team in Ecuador. Naturally, we desire to get to Ecuador as soon as possible. Please pray that God would bring in the needed financial support for us and our coworkers, so that we can get to the field.
How can I be part of the 4World Initiative?
- Pray for more coworkers, that God would provide two more teams.
- Pray that we would get to the field quickly.
- Pray for the people in these towns, that God would prepare their hearts for the Gospel.
"Prayer is the mighty engine that is to move the missionary work."
A.B. Simpson, founder of the Christian Missionary Alliance
We still need 43% of our support. As church-planting missionaries, we are dependent on churches and individuals to support us. If you believe the Lord is leading you to financially partner with our ministry in some way, please contact us! Perhaps you are not able to give on a monthly basis, but you would like to give a one-time gift. We are still raising our Outgoing Expenses, a one-time expense to help us move to Ecuador.
Perhaps the Lord is burdening you for missions, but you don't know where to begin. If you are interested in more information regarding missions, or even joining our team, we would love for you to contact us.