(Ecuador CNSAM). On March 8, 2015, the Open Door Church of the Nazarene in Ibarra, Ecuador celebrated its one year anniversary by honoring its local leadership and hosting community events.
The service was standing room only with over 120 people in attendance. As the anniversary fell on International Woman’s Day, the service was an extra special celebration with balloons, cake, and flowers. Each ministry team presented their purpose, goals, and leaders. Every area of ministry is in the process of training local leaders to take over the current roles of the missionaries in the church. Pastor Yoan Camacaro spoke about the church’s progress and his goals and vision for the future of Ibarra.
During the week preceding the anniversary, the Extreme missionary team planned and facilitated several events in the city. One such event was a children’s festival held the day before the anniversary in a neighborhood within walking distance of the church. Thirty children from the neighborhood and church families joined together to sing, play, and learn.
Toward the end of the program, the missionary team performed a short skit depicting a child who was being ignored because his parents were fighting. When the child was left alone, Jesus came to comfort, console, and encourage. Heyner Rufasto, one of the missionary team members, asked the children to describe how the child felt at various points in the skit and led them in a discussion of their own needs for encouragement and forgiveness.
To finish the morning, the entire Extreme mission team prayed over the children, led them in a couple more of their favorite songs, served a snack, and gave each child a flyer with the Open Door Church’s information. This important milestone in the life of the Ibarra church clearly evidenced God’s love pouring through His workers and the response of the harvest.
Source: Brooke Thomas.