The Missionary Bishop for Global Partnerships, Rt. Rev. David Haines, reports that great progress is being made in the construction of the new cathedral church in Guamote, Chimborazo Province, in central Ecuador. The land and the cost of the building are being underwritten by Worthy Endeavors, a non-profit group that the Anglican Province of America (APA) is partnered with in Ecuador. The cathedral will serve as headquarters for the Indigenous Pastoral of the Anglican Province of America in Ecuador (IPAPAE) which has churches in thirty-three communities in Chimborazo Province. A community center and seminary will also be constructed on an adjacent parcel of land across the street.

The project was discussed and initiated during a visit to Ecuador in April, 2018. During that visit, the Presiding Bishop of the APA, the Most Rev. Walter Grundorf, laid and blessed a foundation stone on the newly acquired property. Once plans and permits were acquired and approved, construction began January of this year.  Significant progress has been made in the construction of the building since that time. In late May the exterior walls had reached roof height. The series of photographs accompanying this article show the progress from January to early June, 2019.

A visit to the IPAPAE churches by Bishop Haines and an APA Missions Team for the purpose of conferring the sacrament of Confirmation is being planned for August, 2019. Also, a visit by Bishop Grundorf and an APA Missions Team, together with representatives from Worthy Endeavors, to consecrate the completed cathedral building is being planned for early 2020.

Please continue to pray for the great work that is being done to build God’s kingdom in central Ecuador.