El Sendero Cafe and Student Center (91065)
The sounds of laughter, voices, the falling of Jenga blocks, and the clinking together of dishes drift through the door and out onto the streets of Loja, Ecuador. At El Sendero (The Path), many young people are hanging out and enjoying a snack, talking and playing games. It is a popular place for the thousands of high school and university students that populate this small college town.
El Sendero is a unique place in Loja. Despite the city's large population of students, very few safe places are available for them to hang out, and even fewer resources for them to be cared for, counseled and introduced to a living relationship with Christ
Since December 2005, the café has provided a secure environment where youth can hear about Christ and see kingdom values modeled by our missionaries, volunteers and Christian staff. Ping-pong, Jenga and other games, free concerts, English courses, Bible studies, and other events are healthy alternatives to the binge-drinking that is common here. The developing Counseling Center also meets an critical need for youth.
Young Christians, both from Ecuador and abroad, are able to serve as volunteers, putting their faith into action and getting discipleship and ministry training in the process. The friendships they form with the youth that frequent the café are valuable ministry foundations offering opportunities to give testimony.
Another important ministry is to the café's paid staff, who have grown through daily prayer, devotionals and interactions with Christian workers and missionaries.
Six years on, El Sendero is seeing many possibilities for growth—we just need the resources to take advantage of them. Here are just a few of our dreams:
Consider a financial gift to El Sendero so that the coffee and life-giving conversations can keep flowing. Your gift can be given through your nearest SIM office or by giving online to project 91065. Thank you and God bless!
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Learn about the Family Counseling Center, a ministry of the Café.
Opportunities to Serve
Project Number: 91065 Current Funding Progress:
Note: Financial information is updated quarterly and therefore may not reflect the data reported in a more recent article.