Team "Amanecer con Jesús" led by Pr. Franklin Aucancela [Photo Courtesy of the South American Division]
Ecuador | Vanessa Castro and Shounny Cruz

M embers of the Adventist Church in Ecuador constantly seek to reach others through ministries, programs, talks, or activities which emphasize a message of love and hope in the midst of the current situation as the country faces health, economic, and family difficulties.

In the north of the country, Pastor Franklin Aucancela, who leads the Sangolqui district along with his wife, led an initiative to hold 40 days of prayer in virtual meetings at 5:30 in the morning, local city time. Members motivated by the pastor vowed to seek Jesus during those days.

As the 40 days drew to a close, attendees admitted they enjoyed listening to encouraging messages before starting their daily activities, and they requested that the meetings continue. From that moment on, what today is known as the project “Amanecer con Jesús” (Sunrise with Jesus) began.

The group has now met virtually for more than 100 consecutive days, and they already have a consolidated team who use the digital platforms: YouTube, Facebook, and Zoom, so that the message can leave traces in the lives of those who are listening to it and reach more people permanently.

"These mornings of prayer have strengthened the spiritual life of the parishioners and God has taught us that we can cross borders with the preaching of the gospel through networks," says Aucancela, emphasizing that people from different countries such as Italy, Colombia, Peru, Panama, Mexico, and Spain consistently attend the virtual Amanecer con Jesus meetings.

This is one of the many ways used to bring hope and fulfill mission, allowing participants, church members, and supporters to feel encouraged with one another by sharing the testimonies of answered prayers and miracles they have witnessed in their lives.

This article was originally published on the South American Division’s Spanish site