Ecuador Fellowship and Learning Tour
January 26 - February 7, 2012
Fellowship and Learning Tours emphasize relationships between the congregations of Central Plains Mennonite Conference, Mennonite churches in Ecuador and independent indigenous churches in Ecuador. Generally, tour activities include visiting an indigenous church and community, spending time with the members of the Mennonite Churches in Quito and Riobamba, and visiting various partners in the ministries in Ecuador such as the FEINE (an organization of indegenous churches in Ecuador), SEMISUD (the seminary where Cesar Moya and Patricia Urena teach), the refugee assistance program of the Quito Mennonite church, and a school for poor children in the Inca neighborhood which is integrated with the peace workshops sponsered by the Quito Mennonite church. Participants stay in the homes of members of the Mennonite churches and also spend time with them visiting tourist attractions and markets. These relationships are an important source of support for the small churches in Ecuador.
Following are links to reports written by some of the participants in this tour:
Ecuador Learning Tour Trip Summary, written by Shirley Kempf.
More than a tour: Personal Reflections as a co-worker in God’s service, written by Alyssa M. Rodriguez
Riobamba: Land of Delight, an initial report written by Riobamba pastors Luz Marina and José William Valencia
For more information about this or future trips to Ecuador, please contact Don Kempf at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-759-1285
2012 Fellowship and Learning Tour Participants
Back row: Don Kempf, Roger Farmer
Middle row: Shirley Kempf, Luz Marina, Joe/Lynn Walksalong Jr, Alyssa Rodriguez
Front Row: Daniel Escobar (Riobamba host), José William Valencia, Ken Egli