The Church in Machala

Machala is a seaport on the Pacific Ocean in southern Ecuador. The population is about 200,000. It is surrounded by miles of banana plantations (it is the "banana capital of the world") and many shrimp farming operations. Primarily a working-class city, it has two small colleges and an Ecuadorian navy facility.

When I first visited Machala and local preacher Elias Davila in 2004, the church was meeting in a rented store-front; basically, it was a garage-size commercial building (perhaps 12 ft by 50 ft) with a roll-down front door. There was no heating or cooling, and it was rather noisy, since it was on a commercial street. The church later moved to another similar facility, and then to a small school building. At present, they are meeting in the "courtyard" area of the Davila's house where Elias has installed a metal covering over an area of about 20 by 30 feet. It is barely adequate in size, and, of course, it is subject to the uncertainties of weather. During the adult Bible class, two children's classes are held inside the Davila's house.

About 60 people are present during worship services in Machala. There are several in the church who are older and spiritually mature, so that they are stable in the faith.
 

The Church in Quito

Marcelo Lopez preaches in Quito, the capital city. Marcelo, his wife Ana and daughter Josie and family live in southern Quito.

Within the past three years, Marcelo and the church have constructed a meeting place on property owned by Marcelo. The addition includes a nice auditorium, an office, two classrooms, and toilet facilities. They are planning on installing a baptistry soon.
 

Other Churches in Ecuador

Elsewhere, Miguel Quinatoa and his son, David, preach for the church in Ambato, about 100 miles south of Quito.

About 30 miles in the foothills from Machala, about 8-10 Christians meet at Las Palmas, as a result of the work of Elias over the past few years. This area has a very weak economy and most of the residents are rather poor. It appears that most of them work in agriculture (bananas, citrus fruit) and there is some mining of ores for metals.

The list below is a comprehensive compilation of all the churches among our brethren in Ecuador. Most of the churches in this list were taken from Churches of Christ Around the World (edited by Mac Lynn). Others have been identified by the preachers mentioned by name in this report, and those are marked with an "*" (meaning that these are primitive, non-institutional churches). This listing will be revised whenever more recent and more accurate information is available. Those congregations marked with a "(Q)" are composed of Quechua native people.
 
Distributed Provinces (non-institutional)
Ambato - a*
Ambato - b*
Ainche*
High Ambatillo*
Quito, South*
Quero - a*
Quero - b*
Ibarra*
Guayliabamba*
Latacunga*
Salcedo*
Archidona*
El Carmen*
Alta Loma*
Huambuno*
Puyo - a*
Puyo - b*
Tena - a*
Tena - b*
Las Playas*
Milagro*
Guayaquil*
San Lorenzo*
Porteviejo*
Santo Domingo de los Colorados*
Porto Napo*
Guayaquil, Fertisa*
La Dalia*
La Magdalana*
Quisapincha*
Silva Alegra*
Quero*
Machala*
Province: Azuay
Cuenca

Province: Bolivar
Cachisahua
Guanujo
Recinto Shulala

Province: Carachi
Juan Montalvo
Sixsal

Province: Chimborazo
Bayuskig Calpiloma (Q)
Calera (Q)
Censo Guayco (Q)
Chispa (Q)
Comunidad Flores (Q)
Comunidad Podinguil (Q)
Estacion Banderas (Q)
Gallo Rumi (Q)
Guabo (Q)
Guadalupe (Q)
Guayllambamba
La Magdalena
Lupaxi (Q)
Moloboa (Q)
Nitiluisa (Q)
Pisikas (Q)
Puculpala (Q)
Rio Blanco (Q)
Riobamba
San Andres (Q)
San Antonio de Guaynoy (Q)
San Antonio de Tolan (Q)
San Bartolo Alto (Q)
San Bartolo Bajo
San Francisco (Q)
Santa Ana de Guaynoy (Q)
Santa Isabel (Q)
Ulpan
Province: Cotopaxi
Banos
Barropungo
La Magdalena
La Mana
Latacunga
Moreta
Pillaro
Salcedo

Province: Esmeraldas
Borbon
Camarones
Esmeraldas, Manabi y 18 de Septiembre
Esmeraldas, Olmedo y Deig
Lagarto
San Lorenzo

Province: Guayas
Guayaquil, Brasil 2927 (Q)
Guayaquil, Manabi 1088

Province: Imbabura
Ibarra, Ave Atahualpa
Ibarra, Ant Cordero
Mariano Acosta
Otavalo
Selva Alegre


Province: Los Rios
Babahoyo
Mocache

Province: Napo
Guambuno
Santa Rosa
Tena
Puyo

Province: Pichincha
Machachi
Marduyacu
Quito, Carrerra R Dunham
Quito, Central
Quito, Norte
Quito, San Roque #1 (Q)
Quito, San Roque #2 (Q)
Quito, Calle Santa Prisca
Quito, Puengasi
Quito, Toctiuco
Santa Domingo de los Colorados
Uyumbicho

Province: Tungurahua
Ambato
Palora


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