On April 16, 2016, a massive magnitude 7.8 earthquake rattled the coast of Ecuador. The city of Manta, Ecuador suffered the highest casualty rate with approximately 200 of the country’s 600 deaths. Additionally, a full ? of the buildings of Manta are either structurally damaged or destroyed. Plans have been in the works for over a year to launch a new church plant in partnership with Extreme Nazarene Ministries and the Ecuador Coast District in the city of Manta, a strategically important port city of 300,000 people.
The church planting partnership involves forming a team of 5 Ecuadorian young people with 5 North American young people, a North American support couple, and an Ecuadorian pastoral couple. The strategy to be used is the Master's Plan as used in the Cali, Colombia Paso Ancho Church of the Nazarene. The team initially launches home cell groups, adds a celebration service, and builds a leadership team during a two year period. At that point, the Extreme team withdraws and the pastoral couple continues with the national leadership that has been developed.
The property in consideration includes a house and additional property for the potential church sanctuary. The house will start off as housing for the church plant team that is moving to Manta on July 1, 2016 and church office and discipleship classrooms. Once the church plant team finishes their work in June 2018, the house would become the
permanent parsonage, offices, and discipleship classrooms.
The subject property is located at a strategically important location just a half block from a major intersection that connects the east and west sides of the city. Everyone in town will know immediately where the church is located by referencing the ‘Roundabout at Via Aeropuerto’.