The Conservative Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities (also known as Rosedale Mennonite Missions), Irwin, Ohio, first sent workers to Ecuador in November 1980. The arrival of Elam and Doris Stauffer in Guayaquil, the country's largest city, represented the first efforts of a Mennonite mission agency in that country. The first believers were baptized in 1982 and a congregation was organized in 1983. A second missionary family, Robert and Myreya Miller, began work in the coastal city of Manta in 1983. In response to widespread flooding, the Millers directed a major housing project that provided shelter for 340 families. In 1984 a church was organized and a chapel was built.
An expanded missionary team has since developed additional ministries in health, rehabilitation counseling and youth ministry. The Misión Evangélica Menonita en Ecuador became the Iglesia Evangélica Menonita del Ecuador (name later changed to Iglesia Evangélica Menonita Ecuatoriana) as a result of a reorganization in 1986. Membership in 1987 was 80. In 2003 there were seven congregations with 800 members, and in 2009 there were 10 congregations with 1,050 members.
Mennonite World Handbook Supplement. Strasbourg, France, and Lombard, IL: Mennonite World Conference, 1984: 71.
Mennonite World Conference. "Mennonite and Brethren in Christ Churches Worldwide, 2009: Latin America & The Caribbean." 2010. Web. 28 October 2010..
Mennonite World Conference. "MWC - 2003 Caribbean, Central & South America Mennonite & Brethren in Christ Churches." Web. 20 February 2006. http://www.mwc-cmm.org/Directory/carcsam.html.
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Miller, Harold. "Iglesia Evangélica Menonita Ecuatoriana." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. October 2010. Web. 2 Mar 2015. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Iglesia_Evang%C3%A9lica_Menonita_Ecuatoriana&oldid=57079.
Miller, Harold. (October 2010). Iglesia Evangélica Menonita Ecuatoriana. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 2 March 2015, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Iglesia_Evang%C3%A9lica_Menonita_Ecuatoriana&oldid=57079.
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