(Ecuador CNSAM). On February 8th, 2015, the Open Door Church of the Nazarene in Ambato, Ecuador had a special going-away service to celebrate the two years of service of the Extreme missionary team.
The beautiful service contained special music, dances, and videos presented by several leaders and children of the church. The missionary team was also given keepsakes to take with them. The service was well attended, and included the presence of a pastor from Riobamba as well as the District Superintendent Reverend Mario Paredes who shared words of encouragement.
Nearly two years prior, this missionary team arrived in Ambato with the goal of planting a church and raising up leaders. The church is now filled with disciples who are not only receiving the message of Jesus Christ, but who are also raising up their own leaders and spreading the gospel to others. These leaders are excited and eagerly jumping into their new responsibilities.
The legacy the Ambato team leaves behind is the following:
• 155 – Highest attendance record
• 110 – Average Sunday attendance
• 16 – Graduated Leaders
• 13 – Currently in leadership classes
• 12 – Houses of Prayer (cell groups)
The missionary team was composed of Ecuadorians Nikol Calderón and Nancy Ojeda from Riobamba, and Ariel Pérez from Shell. The North Americans on the team were Chelsea Weber, C.J. Childs, David Morrison, Brandon Doerksen, and Chris and Anndee Stringer and their two daughters Juliana and Genna. Pastors Lenilde Huáman Bustamante and Consuelo Bereche de Huáman and their two children will continue in Ambato to lead the church.
Thank you, Ambato team, for all you have done! Although what you are leaving behind brings smiles of satisfaction, what is coming in the future for this church plant will be even more exciting! May God be brought all the glory for all He has done in Ambato and all He will do in the years to come!
Source: Chelsea Weber.