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Pilgrimage to Ecuador

Thursday, June 29th to Friday, July 7th 2017

The Grace Church pilgrimage to Ecuador will be hosted by FEINE (Ecuadorian Federation of Indigenous Evangelicals).   

Through this trip, we will have incredibly unique opportunities to work alongside and build relationships with indigenous Quichua Ecuadorians, while also learning about issues such as food sovereignty and Andean indigenous spirituality. We will contribute in some way, both financially and with our work together, to our own well-being as well as supporting an indigenous Ecuadorian community. And we will have time to pray and play together, while experiencing something of Ecuador (maybe a large craft market or glacier-topped volcano, for example).


We will fly in and out of the Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO), about 45 minutes from Quito, Ecuador’s capital. We will have time to get settled before gathering for our first group meeting. In order to acclimate to our new environment, the first day’s schedule will be light, with activities ranging from resting to visiting different areas of interest. 

The schedule for the week will include Morning Prayer and Compline, time for worship and socializing with our Ecuadorian brothers and sisters, educational chats, and work and/or activities with children (this depends on the wishes of the community which we visit.

The next planning meetings are scheduled for May 7th, June 4th and June 25th.

Suggested reading on Ecuador, for real or armchair travellers:

  • The Villagers (Huasipungo), by Jorge Icaza
  • Ecuador and Galápagos Handbook (Footprint), by Robert and Daisy Kunstaetter
  • The Panama Hat Trail, by Tom Miller
  • Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent, by Eduardo Galeano
  • The Queen of Water, by Laura Resau
  • 1491, by Charles Mann

ECUADORIAN PILGRIMAGE FUNDRAISER AT NOT YOUR AVERAGE JOE’S: Have lunch or dinner (take-out included) at Not Your Average Joes, 61 State St, Dartmouth, on any Monday in May to help fund the upcoming pilgrimage to Ecuador! Print a flyer or pick one up in the back of the church, show the flyer on a mobile device, or mention the fundraiser to your server, and 15% of your bill will be donated to Grace Church for the pilgrimage.