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Missionary Journey to the Center of the Earth

Posted by on August 8th, 2014 with Comments Off on Missionary Journey to the Center of the Earth
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Our church had been given the charge to pray about missions to see how and where we’d like to get involved. God has provided a special opportunity while we wait.  Robert and Yanet Galofre along with Moriah Mendez dreamed about heading to a country on a short missionary journey and God has provided Quito (pronounced Key-to) Ecuador as the destination for 2014.  We are in the process of raising funds through garage sales, raffles and donations to get us there.

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View of Quito

Ecuador is located in South America and is bordered by Colombia, Peru and The Pacific Ocean. Quito is the capital city of Ecuador and has a population of 2,671,191 according to the last census (2014). It is also the closest capital city to the equator. Quito possesses an impressive landscape as it is nestled between the Andes Mountains and valleys. Built on a long plateau on the fringe of various volcanos. Located right on the equator with a monument and museum marking the general location of the equator which is known locally as “la mitad del mundo” (the middle of the world), to avoid confusion, as the word ecuador is Spanish for equator. Due to it’s location and elevation (9,000+ feet above sea level) the temperatures are fairly constant year round (high at 65 F around noon and low 48 F at night)  with only a change in rainfall from winter or rainy season (October through May) to summer or dry season (June through September). Per-capita income in Ecuador is around $3,400 per year. The gap between rich and poor is wide. Estimates vary as to what percentage of the population lives below the poverty line, but most agree the rate is at least 40% and perhaps as high as 70%.

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Forbes Rates Ecuador as the NUMBER ONE best places to retire to abroad.

Religiously, about 95% of the population would describe themselves as Roman Catholic, although that is probably counted by family and traditional affiliation, rather than active participation. Economically, like many South American countries, Ecuador has a small upper class, a small middle class, and a large lower class. Many Christians have lower incomes. Their houses and other meeting places are modest.As in many other places there is an opportunity for spiritual outreach and evangelism. Our original group of three has now added a few more and we are all excited to join in on the adventure. We are fundraising in order to cover our flights and brushing up on some Spanish along the way (or trying to pick it up quickly) to get to Ecuador in October. The trip will be as short or as long as schedules allow.  We will be meeting throughout the month of September to prepare ourselves spiritually and mentally as a team. Our focus will be twofold: One – Campus (sharing our faith, studying the bible and inviting to church) Two – Families (teaching GEP) and maybe a little street or bus sharing/preaching If this stirs up your heart please contact Robert Galofre so that you can get more details and join us in our Missionary Journey to the Center of the Earth. If your heart is stirred but you are unable to join us but would like to provide financially please click here to contribute. If you are part of a matching gift program with your employer,  the Portland Church of Christ (Tax ID#: 93-1067695) is recognized by the IRS as official 501c3 tax exempt charities. Checks must be written to: Portland Church of Christ (please write Mission to Ecuador in the MEMO section). Thank you for your support!

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