September: This month's happenings

The Spring has sprung in Cuenca!

Big News and Updates

Big News:

One of our E-team members, Linda, has been with us a year now. She is doing an amazing job and we are excited to see how God is going to use her in the future of this ministry.

Gonzalo is reaching his communities with home visits, house church planting and he has recently started two kids Bible Clubs and a couple of youth Bible Clubs in his area.

Bigger News:

Our Short Term Mission Team calendar is almost full for 2020; we only have a couple spots left. Also, our 2021 Short Term Mission Team calendar is almost half full of teams!

Even Bigger News:

In our Bible club in Bella Union, we had a Pastor from Bluffton, South Carolina, Rev. Mark DeVaney, come and share with the leaders of the church and house churches. He was there to encourage the leaders and he did, but what we didn't expect is that the leaders got up, one by one and shared how Pate Ministries has encouraged them to get out into their communities and start Bible clubs in their own communities. They have started approximately 6 Bible Clubs. Wow, how encouraging!

We held first ever, Bible Clubs in two fishing villages on the Coast during our staff spiritual enrichment retreat. We shared the Gospel with over 250 kids and approximately 84 adults. It was an amazing time and everyone was so receptive. The doors are opening up for us or whom the Lord sends to start Bible Clubs all around the little fishing villages on the Coast.

Our staff participated in our 3rd annual Spiritual Enrichment Retreat on the Coast at the end of August. Rev. Mark DeVaney shared the Word of God with us twice a day and it was just what we all needed. Rebecca Carrion also shared with us more in-depth on teaching children and classroom (Bible Club) management. We want to invest in our ministry team to be better prepared and skilled in sharing the Word of God in these Bible Clubs and to grow together spiritually.


  • Our time in the Pacific Northwest was amazing; spoke in four church services in three churches and had two meetings with folks interested in missions.
  • In August, we gave out over 600 school backpacks filled with school supplies and a story book Bible. This project is a very special way to show the love of Christ to the children and their families in a tangible way. Our Bible clubs have grown so much, including Gonzalo's Bible clubs, that we ran out and had to have 60 backpacks made in Ecuador. We did not even have enough to send to our friends on the coast or several other ministries that we help out with extra supplies.
Gary sharing Ecuador Missions in Washington State
1st ever Bible Club in the small fishing village of San Jose
1st ever Bible Club in the small fishing village of La Entrada
Rebecca teaching us on Bible Club management at our Staff Spiritual Enrichment Retreat
Our Backpack project

Special Projects this month

We will be celebrating the quarterly Birthday's in each of our Bible Clubs this month.