Awesome Gatherings, Awesome Tasks | Downey First Christian Church

Last year, on the last weekend in August, the ICI (Iglesias de Cristo Iberoamericanas – Iberoamerican Christian Churches) of Ecuador held our first ever Night of Vision. It was like a faith rally where over 200 people from all six Ecuadorian churches came together for the first time. It was awesome.

Pastors standing together in prayer: Geovanni (ICI Recreo), Samuel (team leader), Luis Flores (ICI Baba), Gustavo (ICI El Edén), Fabricio (ICI Spondylus), Luis Vera (ICI Cosecha), and José (ICI Samborondón)
Video of highlights from the Noche de Vision 2018

In 2019, we decided to raise our gathering from a one-night rally to a weekend conference. Friends at the ICI churches in Chile had their second Vive (Live) conference in January. They proposed to hold a Vive conference in Ecuador. We accepted and it took place August 29-September 1. It’s not a holiday weekend here, so many people took off work and school to be able to participate. They scrounged, saved, and fundraised to be able to pay their own way. We were hoping for 150 attendees, including about 30 people from Chile and the USA to help with the workshops, main sessions, worship, etc.

Once again, the Lord was abundant in his blessings and over 200 people met at a camp near Quito (which is much colder than Guayaquil) for four days of worship led by Oceans of Grace, learning from experienced pastors and missionaries, and fellowship with new and old friends. On the last day, I lost count of the people who came to complain to me. “Why is it over already? Can’t we, please, stay another day?” I think that’s the best complaint I’ve ever heard.

The best part of the whole weekend was right at the end, when 19 people surrendered their wills to the lordship of Jesus through baptism. It was awesome!

Then, a week later 7 more people from Samborondón and El Edén churches got baptized at a combined church service at the river.

The second awesome thing that happened was when Pastor José and Samuel shared the vision to plant 100 churches over the next 30 years in Ecuador, Colombia, and even Venezuela. The vision was cast and caught by many, even people who never had considered missions before. We are working out a plan for the first two churches to be planted next year. One in the Amazonian jungle in eastern Ecuador and one in Colombia. We have been praying for Colombia for four years now and God is providing answers to those prayers as to the who, where and when.

We have a monumental task ahead. There are many challenges to overcome, but as a mission team and church movement, we are committed because we know He is faithful to complete the work he has started. We know that he will continue to provide the will and the means to build his Kingdom here.

Sharing with the brethren at Spondylus church. Sandra, in the middle was baptized at the Vive Conference.

You can join us in this monumental task:
1. Pray. “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (Matthew 9:37b-38)
2. Give. To make an online donation or to see more information about giving, click here
3. Come. Found out more information on joining us as an intern or bringing your church group here.

What monumental task is God calling you to do?

Peace, “for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” (Philippians 2:13)

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