Ecuador Guayaquil West Mission


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The work is going so well in Ecuador that the Church recently created the Ecuador Guayaquil West mission! Check back in a year to hear what the first missionaries in the Ecuador Guayaquil West mission have to say!

Snapshot of Ecuador – Spanish is the official language of Ecuador, though Kichwa, Shuar, and other indigenous languages are recognized regional languages. About 80% of Ecuador’s population belongs to the Roman Catholic church, while about 1.4% belongs to the LDS church. Protestantism has been increasing as well. Family is very important to Ecuadorian culture, with elderly family members often living with their children.

Traditional music styles such as pasillo, albazo, and bomba still enjoy some popularity. Festivals and celebrations are varied across the country, many of which mix Catholic and indigenous beliefs. Panama hats, which are brimmed straw hats, are a popular and unique clothing item. Ecuador has many regional rivalries, such as between Quito and Guayaquil, or the coast and sierra areas. Soccer is Ecuador’s most popular sport, though basketball and tennis are also somewhat popular. Lunch is the main meal in Ecuador, though cuisine varies between the coastal and mountain regions. Soup usually precedes the main course for most meals. Fish, beans, and plantains are typical along the coast, while meat (beef, pork, and even guinea pig), rice and hominy are more popular in the mountain regions. Seafood dishes such as shrimp and crab are popular along the coast. Hornado (roasted pig with potatoes) is a popular street food.

The Church

There are 10 stakes and districts located within the Ecuador Quayaquil West Mission.  There is also a temple located in Guayaquil, however, it is outside the mission boundaries.  Church growth in the region led to the recent creation of this mission from parts of the Guayaquil North and South Missions.

The Guayaquil Ecuador Temple. Photo cc-a3.0-u by PhoenixTeam1 at Wikimedia Commons.

Food

Missionaries serving in the Ecuador Guayaquil West mission can expect to eat lots of rice, beans, and soup!  Seafood and fish dishes (such as the fish stew encebollado) are also  common.  Popular street foods include fried plantains (chifles and patacones) and pan de yuca.  Plenty of tropical fruits, such as bananas and passion fruit, are also available.

Pan de yuca. Photo cca-sa3.0u by Sitenl at Wikimedia Commons.

Transportation

Missionaries will generally get around by walking or by using public transportation.  Buses and taxis are relatively cheap, and are the most common form of transportation used by missionaries when needing to travel longer distances.

Safety

Missionaries should avoid giving the impression of being tourists or being wealthy, as this makes you more likely to be targeted by thieves.  Thieves often target people who appear disoriented or out of place when traveling by bus.  Be aware of your surroundings!

Local Lingo

“Chuzo” – dang it!

“Bacan/chevere” – cool!

“Ñaño” – brother (more informal/endearing term)

“Ñaña” – sister (more informal/endearing term)

“La plena” – seriously!

Essential Equipment

Bring clothes that are hand washable, as there is a good chance you will need to wash your clothes by hand while serving in Ecuador!  It’s also a good idea to pack extra shoes, as the shoes sold in Ecuador are generally lower quality.

Additional Info

The Malecón 2000 is a popular tourist destination in Guayaquil.  The lengthy riverfront boardwalk passes by several historical sites and is also home to a botanical park, multiple museums, and several restaurants and shops.

The popular Parque Seminario/Parque de las Iguanas (Iguana Park) is also located in Guayaquil within the boundaries of the Ecuador Guayaquil West Mission.  The park is home to many large iguanas that visitors are able to feed.

The Malecón 2000. Photo cca-sa3.0u by Martin Zeise, Berlin at Wikimedia Commons.

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Profile

Ecuador
President Jorge Dennis

Casilla de Correo 09-04-206
Guayaquil
Ecuador

Spanish
About 3 million
Roman Catholic, Evangelical, LDS
Summer (January-April) is hot, humid, and very rainy. Even though it is still humid and warm (usually still in the 80s Fahrenheit) during the winter months, rainfall is very rare.
Guayaquil, Manta, La Libertad, Portoviejo, Joa

Official Mission blog – http://guayaquilwestmission.blogspot.com

Experiences

The work is going so well in Ecuador that the Church recently created the Ecuador Guayaquil West mission! Check back in a year to hear what the first missionaries in the Ecuador Guayaquil West mission have to say!

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