Ecuador: AIP & AT
Overview: Make an impact for Christ in Ecuador where only 8-9% of the people identify themselves as Evangelical Christians! Minister to poor, rural children through music, sports and teaching Bible stories.
Q & A with ACTION missionaries Francisco & Juanita Vargas
1. What are some ministry tasks that you want the intern to accomplish while serving with you?
There are plenty of opportunities to engage in meaningful ministry with us here in the rural Andes mountains! We look for young adults who are living out their faith who can help affirm what we are teaching the children and teens in our ministry. Interns could come and teach English to children and mothers and help with kids’ camps. We also have music ministry opportunities as we have guitars and a keyboard. For those who speak Spanish, they would be able to help lead Bible studies. There are also practical ways interns could help us such as gardening, painting and drawing creative art murals! Lastly, for the adventurous at heart there isthe opportunity to go and visit village churches in the Amazon jungle and conduct outreach events with our friends in these remote locations!
2. What are some key lessons from your ministry and walk with the Lord that you want to impart tothe interns to help them as they consider their own individual call to missions or vocational ministry?
• How to walk in faith in another culture, believing in God in spite of the difficulties of funding a ministry or lack of ability
• How to understand the will of God for your life instead of following materialism and the ways of the world
• We would share our experiences and testimonies with interns and enjoy hearing their stories as well!
• Other lessons would be in the areas of preparing teaching materials, Christian counseling, healthy lifestyle choices, responding to difficult situations in ministry and defining your missionary call
3. What criteria do you use to measure the effectiveness of an intern serving with you?
• We measure their attitude. Many come judging everything from their own perspective and they learn how to be flexible. We would see how they took advantage of their opportunities to serve and learn
• We do debriefing and ask how they have changed. Usually there is an opening of their eyes that shows the effectiveness of the experience. We would like each one to make a decision about the future of their walk with God
4. Please list specific skills an intern may expect to develop by the time the internship is completed.
• Spanish language and Ecuadorian cultural understanding (customs, food, how to be sensitive in a new culture)
• Flexibility in ministry but also disciplined in personal and devotional life
• How to accept the food put before you and learning to live at a limited level of comfort
• How to use public transportation in a foreign country and safety precautions to take while overseas
For more information including costs please email: firstname.lastname@example.org and visit actioninternational.org/vargas