Area: 269,178 sq km
Amazon jungle in the east, high Andean Sierra in the centre, fertile coastal plain on Pacific Coast. Also the Galapagos Islands, 1,000 km to the west.
Population: 13,774,909 Annual Growth: 1.07%
Official language: Spanish Languages: 25 All languages
Largest Religion: Christian
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False teachings seemingly prosper as marginal sects and Catholic syncretism rapidly spread, usually at the expense of traditional Catholics or evangelicals. Pray for the error of these groups to be made known; pray for ministers and laity to be equipped to address them with truth and love.
Pioneer work among the small jungle tribes attracted worldwide attention in 1956 when one MAF, one Avant and three Brethren missionaries were killed by the primitive Waorani (Auca). Nearly all of these tribes now have churches and the Scriptures through the work of various missionary groups. Pray for:
a) The maturing of the jungle churches to cope with modernity and the onslaught of the Spanish and Quichua cultures. While many profess to be Christian, practicing believers are in fact much fewer.
b) The efforts by Amerindian believers to preserve their lands and promote their spiritual development. FEINE (Ecuadorian Federation of Evangelical Indians) is a key body to this end.
c) Relationships with the outside world. Anti-missionary propaganda from humanistic anthropologists, leftist agitators, traders, jungle exploiters and even well-meaning but ignorant Christians all threaten or delay the effective flowering of the gospel among these unique peoples.
For an additional 8 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.
The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Ecuador.