Groundbreaking on 900 Seat Worship Center Marks Milestone for Quito Church

David Smith, Pastor of the Fairhaven Church in Dayton, Ohio leads in prayer in advance of the “First Stone” being placed for the new 900-seat worship center for the Cumbaya Church.

Sunday, March 1, was an incredible day as the Cumbayá Church in Quito, Ecuador laid the “primera piedra” or first stone for the construction of its new 900-seat worship center.

It was a joy to be on hand with two CMI board members, several other CMI friends, and more than 700 people from the Cumbayá Church. The congregation held a combined service that required seats to be placed outside the doors under a large canopy and tents.

I was privileged to give a greeting to the congregation and shared that our ultimate center of worship is Jesus Christ. The building we are constructing together is merely a tool — a tool to enable many more to hear the gospel and to grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ. It is the next step in seeing Cumbayá become fully equipped to daughter many more churches throughout the city of Quito.

Such a vision will require trained leadership. As such, it was especially encouraging to hear about Cumbayá’s new Bible Academy program that launched in September 2014. Now in its second semester the program has grown by 27% since its launch and there are now 152 people meeting weekly as part of a multi-year discipleship/leadership training program.

Thank you for your prayers and support. Together we are raising up churches, like Cumbayá, that are leading hundreds to an Encounter with God. Together we are catalysts to ignite, unite and equip the discipleship of nations.

In Christ,