Mission Report


Chris Swinford and I are coming toward the end of our mission to Quito, Ecuador. We will both have our last speaking session tomorrow at the Pan American Lectures and will begin to plan for our trip home on Thursday morning. We arrived in Quito last Wednesday night and began a Leadership Seminar at Quito School of Biblical Studies, a Sunset Associate School. This was our first international branch school and certainly one of the finest. QSOBS has 47 students studying at three levels. The students and faculty are outstanding. Over 90 graduates have been sent out to preach in 12 nations and to plant at least 8 new congregations. Kent Marcum continues to do a great job as director of the school. Kent and Sharla have been in Quito for 20 years and have helped to build an exciting and fruitful work. The Marcums were the anchor family in a 5 family team that went from SIBI in 1988 to plant a new congregation in Quito. Three of the original families (Kent and Sharla Marcum, Kevin and Dannie Haynes, Dan and Kathy Leaf) were here this week for a reunion.

On Sunday we met with the 500 member North Quito Church of Christ and it was an inspiring worship assembly. Bob Brown, former missionary to Venezuela, preached and we witnessed four precious souls give their lives to the Lord in baptism. After a wonderful fellowship meal prepared and served by local church members, we returned back to our hotel with barely enough time to prepare for the beginning session of the Pan American Lectures.

Among the dozen or so Sunset graduates at the Lectures are Edward and Jackie Dottle and their three girls. They are recent graduates who just arrived in Ambato, Ecuador to begin a work in a large city where there is no congregation of the Lord’s Church. An interesting side note is the fact that Jackie is a native of Quito and was one of the first converts of the Quito team some 20 years ago. Eighteen years ago Jackie moved to the USA where she met and married Edward.

God is truly blessing the work here in Ecuador and it has been a joy for us to be here to share in the activities of a truly power packed week.