The evangelical church in the nation of Ecuador has experienced dramatic growth over the past 60 years. According to the book Operation World, Ecuador had the lowest percentage of evangelical believers in Latin America in 1960 — 17,000 believers. By 2010, that number had skyrocketed to 1.2 million Jesus followers! Today, between 8% and 11% of Ecuadorians are evangelicals (Operation World, Prayercast, and Joshua Project).
And yet, there is a crisis brewing in Ecuador. The country has experienced serious political upheaval, and this turmoil has complicated the church’s capacity to train the next generation of ministers.