Ecuador is an extraordinary beautiful and a high-contrast country. Unfortunately high dissimilarities exist between the rich and the poor. One third of the inhabitants are living below the poverty level. Ecuadorians work very hard and yet often earn just a little. The colonial period has left many marks. Still today the official language is Spanish and the majority of the people are catholic. Liebenzell Mission has already almost 20 years long been working in this country to spiritually and in a practical way support people.
Assistance in various children’s and youth clubs. The duties are not limited to Ibarra. The impact-team cooperates with missionaries especially in the surrounding cities and towns. However, also the existing church in Ibarra is supported. Supplementary tasks are insets in for example schools, visitations and if necessary active support at building projects.
On January 8, 1956, the five missionaries Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, Peter Fleming, Ed McCully and Roger Youderian were killed in the Ecuadorian jungle by a group of Waorani Indians. The young missionaries had tried to make contact with the dreaded and hitherto unreached ethnic group to bring them the Gospel. Elisabeth Elliot (Jim's wife) and Rachel Saint (Nate's sister) were on their way to continue the men's mission and live among the murderers of their loved ones later. The peaceableness of the foreigners and the lived forgiveness of the women touched the warriors so much that they decided to give their lives to Jesus and claim his...