We have returned to New Mexico after our most recent project which was a 3-week music seminar in the Quito, Ecuador. We have spent extensive time in Mexico and Honduras but this was the first time to South America. We were invited by the Christian Missionary Alliance Church of Cumbaya to be part of the Music and Arts seminar.
Quito is a beautiful city set in the Andes Mountains with a population of 1.4 million people. Ecuador is made up of many indigenous people groups and is rich in resources such as oil, timber, and gold. It is also one of only 18 countries in the world having a “mega diverse biosystem”, meaning Ecuador hosts a large variety of plant and animal life.
The Music and Arts seminar hosted about 70 students over the 3-week period. The classes included music theory, piano, voice, guitar, bass guitar, drums, painting and cooking. My wife and I were teaching music theory, piano, voice, guitar and bass guitar. It was an amazing time for the two of us to see the students so eager to learn and to grow in excellence, and to use their talents to glorify God. We also found God giving us a heart to invest in the students and to trust in Him to use these men and women in the future for His purposes.
The long-term vision of worship pastor Gustavo Samaniego, who was over seeing the seminar is to have a full time Christian music and arts school operating alongside of CMA Church of Cumbaya. We were privileged to be a part of the first steps of working towards that goal. Classes will continue once a week from now until the end of the year and possibly by then the Music and Arts school will begin to operate in it’s own building on a full time basis. The arts are such an important part of Christian culture and Worship and we need to continue to encourage excellence in Christian Art and Music.
Meagen and I always find that as we step out in obedience to Him, He is always faithful lead us and to work in us. We are so thankful for the opportunity we had to glorify Him in Ecuador and we look forward to seeing how God will use the many musicians and artist who are being trained in Ecuador to be worshippers in Spirit and in Truth.