Background

Ecuador3Last year, our team with 15 members did a Chinese population survey for the whole city, Guayaquil.
•This year, we are supposed to do the follow-up plan based on our survey.
•In our PI class, we were divided into small groups to do the brainstorm exercise in order to formulate some possible strategic plans based on the data we collected last year.

History of the Chinese Church

•More than 10 years ago, a Bible study group was formed.
•Missionaries came and established a church.
• Missionaries left and it returned back to be a Bible study group again.
• Chinese Christian Mission (中信) sent a missionary to run that church and a missionary couple came to join her later on.

Ministries Model

Ecuador20The missionaries visit the Chinese restaurants and stores in order to build a good relationship with them.
•All year round, there are about 6 to 7 STM teams going there to hold some special programs in the church.
•STM teams do the visitation to invite the Chinese to join these special programs, especially the evangelistic meetings. With a hope that the new believers will stay in the church.
•The local church members are hardly involved in the visitation and the evangelistic efforts.

Leadership Development

•We were invited to do a leadership training in Quito, the capital city of Ecuador.
•Pastor Tim Li are going to retired in five years.
•What he wants to leave behind before he leaves is to raise up some local people to become pastors, deacons, Sunday school teachers, and small group leaders in order to grow the church.

PEACE Team Going to Leave too

Ecuador14As it is our second time to go there, we have a sense to leave this location in the near future.
•Our main task is to develop a tool box for the local church so that they can use these tools to enhance their ministries.
•Discipleship making and Leadership development become our main focus.

Different Expectation

•The local missionaries wants us to follow their “old” ministries model to go & to invite people to join our special program, drama night.
•We want to visit the church members especially the leaders to build up their faith and to encourage them to serve the Lord.
•We have a sincere talk with them and agree to change some of the plans.

When “Confrontation” needed

Ecuador10We proposed one on one Bible study.
•They said their members are Bible “phobia”.
•We proposed leadership training.
•They said their members are “too” green and are not committed.
•We did a pre-study before them and gained their trust, and that they assigned us to do some follow-up works.

Unity through Bond of Peace

“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:2-3 (NIV)
•I shared my reflection on these two verses of the Scripture in the evaluation meeting.
•I asked for reconciliation if they felt offended since we were not always “obedient” as such.
•We should make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of PEACE.