IFES

Students Reaching Students with the Gospel

Ecuador

Churches have grown phenomenally in Latin America but societies battling with poverty, corruption and injustice are largely yet to be transformed by kingdom values. In this context, indigenous IFES movements are reaching students with the gospel and producing godly men and women who will influence their nations for Jesus.

Ecuador is a Latin American country with great cultural, ethnic and geographic diversity. At the moment there is economic and political transition since the arrival of a left-wing government. Christians face the challenges of a growing secularism in culture and nominalism in the church, but maintain the advantages of freedom of worship and religion.

The CECE is blessed by a core team who are very committed, valuable links to other organisations and movements - including links with IFES movements in Norway and New Zealand - and a training program that is currently being implemented.

The movement has rejoiced to see the resurgence in the last two years of groups which had virtually disappeared in Cuenca, Guayaquil, Quito and Riobamba.  CECE wants to see a generation of students taking responsibility to take the gospel of Jesus Christ to their universities in a vigorous, intelligent and creative manner.

View from the inside

Lenin Freire is the General Secretary of CECE. He says, ‘I am involved in this ministry because of a deep feeling of being called by God to serve since I was a college student. I love to see the transformative work of God in the lives of students’.

Lenin’s ministry and vision have been inspired by the love of God expressed in John 3.16, as well as Romans 8.28: ‘And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good for those who are called according to his purpose.

Please pray:

  • for a successor to the current General Secretary, who will leave in February 2013;
  • for students to take the initiative for mission at their universities.