Ecuador: Mission Team Members Needed!

We need you to join with us this year to serve the people of Ecuador! Several of our 2018 teams need extra members now to complete their teams. In February, SIFAT broke ground on a new construction project in Aida Leon in the southern part of Quito. Teams will be working with SIFAT graduate Pastor Wilson and his church for the next three years on a project called Gotitas de Esperanza, Teardrops of Hope. When completed, this building will allow for care of an additional 200 children who might otherwise be on the streets when not in school. We need construction and VBS workers on each team. Please consider joining one of the teams listed below today while airline tickets are still available.


Construction has begun on the Aida Leon project in Ecuador! Team members are needed to fill spaces on several teams this year!

Available Dates

The following teams have openings and are asking for people to join their teams:

5/12 – 5/20           Clear Lake UMC, Clear Lake, Texas (all ages welcome)

6/2 – 6/9               St. Luke’s UMC, Tupelo, Miss. (youth team; great for youth, college students & young adults)

6/9 – 6/16             Faith UMC, Pinson, Ala. (all ages welcome)

6/30 – 7/7             Eufaula FUMC (youth team; great for youth, college students & young adults)

10/13 – 10/20       Bonifay FUMC, Bonifay, Fla. – medical team (doctors and nurse practitioners needed; may be serving a different SIFAT Ecuador project site)

About our Aida Leon project site

On a small, steep plot of land with a breathtaking view of Quito, a project called Teardrops of Hope, is waiting to be transformed by SIFAT teams. Never losing their hope, Pastor Wilson and his wife Gerardina have waited 10 years for SIFAT teams to build a 10m by 15m two-story addition to Eternal Hope Baptist Church. In Aida Leon, one of the poorest areas of Quito, they continued leading their church to minister to the children by forming a partnership with Compassion International for their afterschool program. Many obstacles kept SIFAT from starting the project, including the former president of Ecuador’s plan to seize the land and build a bunker for himself. After years of prayers, paperwork, patience and hope, the building has begun!


The church’s preschool program keep smiles on everyone’s faces! With the new building, these children will have the opportunity to continue their path to education and breaking the cycle of poverty.

Trip Details

Project Location: Aida Leon, in southern Quito at an altitude of about 9,500 feet

Lodging: In Quito, Hotel Tambo Real – downtown Quito near many interesting sites, Amazonas Street, Quito indigenous market and fast food restaurants. Double or triple rooms with private baths with hot water, linens and towels provided, free internet service. Single rooms are available for an additional cost.

Food: Breakfast and dinner at hotel. Lunch at project site. Bottled water is provided.

Transportation: Travel by 22–35 passenger buses.

Cost per person: $1175 in-country expenses for 8 days/7 nights, plus $850-$1200 approximate round-trip airfare depending on the airline and time of travel.

Construction Team Project Costs: $2500 team construction funds or $100 per person, whichever is greater.

Medical Team: $125 per person, for additional translators and medical health care training fund. Medical teams provide medications and medical supplies at their own expense.

Tourist day activities are not included in in-country or team costs. Costs are approximately an additional $50-$100 per person.

• Price includes in-country meals, lodging, water, emergency evacuation and supplemental medical insurance, in-country transportation, cross-cultural manual and team leader orientation.

* VBS materials and supplies must be provided by the team.


Pastor Wilson, his wife Gerardina and Cecelia (coordinator for the Compassion International at the church) are working with SIFAT Ecuador director Dr. Roberto Contreras and home visit coordinator Malena to welcome team members to Aida Leon for the next three years.

Interested? Learn More…

Download a brochure about the Aida Leon Project

Learn more on the Ecuador page of our website.

For more information, contact


The new two-story building will have classrooms, cafeteria, kitchen, bathrooms, an office and a rooftop playground area.