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August 2022: This month's happenings

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Big News and Updates

August 2022


  • Update on Dena: Dena's reconstruction surgery went well and she is recovering with our daughter's family in Fernandina Beach, Florida. She will complete her recovery in the United States, while Gary hosts the teams in Ecuador.
  • COVID Restrictions: you can enter Ecuador with either proof of being fully vaccinated (14-days prior to your entry- no booster necessary) OR produce a negative COVID PCR test three days prior to coming to Ecuador. Praise the Lord!
  • Sharing the ministry: We were able to share Pate Ministries at Callahan First Baptist's Global Impact Celebration. Dena was able to set up the booth with the help of our good friends of the ministry Paul Allen and Rev. Bill Tyler's help. Gary came in on Friday after hosting a team and was able to stay for 2 days.

Big News:

  • Ministry Center News:
  • The Tuesday night adult Bible study with the Chosen, a series has been going wonderfully. We have been having approximately 128 people coming and listening to the Gospel intently afterward.
  • Coastal Bible Clubs:
  • We are still running approximately 650 children and 160 adults in the 7 Bible clubs.
  • Mountain Bible Clubs:
  • The E-team finally got to visit the mountain Bible clubs in the middle of July, after the civil unrest ended. The leaders are re-supplied with everything they need to run the Bible clubs.

Bigger News:

  • Adding staff to the ministry: We will have a wonderful, bi-lingual young lady joining the E-team in July. Please continue to pray that the Lord will send us at least one more E-team member.

Special Prayer Request:

  • Pray for Dena's mobility and healing, and Gary's patients - he is doing a great job.
  • Pray for God to soften the hearts of the Montañita people to receive His Gospel.
  • Pray for the national house church leaders that will continue the Bible clubs in the mountain.
  • Financial Support: Please pray that Christ will continue to provide for the ministry's financial needs for the mountains and the Coast.


  • Video of the ministry center progress: see below
Our new Pate Ministry Video
The room was so packed that many siblings sat two to a chair
Bamboo Bible Club
This little guy from Belén (mountains) still brings his little blue Bible.
Updated ministry center front
Our Adult Bible Study Graphic, designed by Ted Head at Head Design Group