Ecuador

Ecuador is located in Western South America, bordering the Pacific Ocean at the Equator, between Colombia and Peru.               

Quito, Ecuador's capital city, is one of the most colonial cities in the region, maintaining 17th and 18th century traditions established under Spanish rule. It also has a large indigenous population struggling to maintain its traditions and to survive in an oppressive, westernized society. Our partners are the Latin American Council of Churches (CLAI), the United Evangelical Church of Ecuador (IEUE), and the Ecumenical Foundation for Integral Development, Training, and Education (FEDICE).

Pray for: The indigenous communities of the province of Imbabura as they work together with FEDICE to provide water and sanitary conditions that will improve the quality of life of their people.

The ministry of EIRENE, a family counseling organization and the Center for Integrated Family Services as they provide counseling and therapy to families in need, and training for future therapists.

Population (2014 est) – 15,654,411
Area – 176,200mi
Capital – Quito

Ethnic Background 

  • Mestizo (Amerindian and white) – 72%
  • Montubio - 7% 
  • Afroecuadorian - 7%
  • Amerindian – 7%
  • White – 6%
  • Other - <1%

Exports - petroleum, bananas, cut flowers, shrimp, cacao, coffee, wood, fish
Imports - industrial materials, fuels and lubricants, nondurable consumer goods

Life Expectancy (2014 est) – M 73 years, F 79 years
Infant Mortality (2014 est) - 17.93 deaths/1,000 live births

Adult Illiteracy Rate – 8.4%

People in Mission