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Fred and Arlene Jonkman

Fred and Arlene along with their six children left St. Paul's Presbyterian Church in August 1997 after spending three years at Reformed Theological Seminary. After a year of language studies they headed to Ecuador to help spread the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. When they arrived in 1998, the Reformed witness in Ecuador was very weak and small. In 2000, they helped to plant La Iglesia Reformada de la Gracia in Quito. This church now has a strong leadership team and a congregation which has grown in spiritual maturity, knowledge, and the desire to reach others. In January 2016, they began to help this church plant a daughter church in Ibarra, a town two hours north of Quito. Fred and the leaders travel to Ibarra weekly to disciple this new group.

In 2006 a Reformed Bible Institute (CRETE) was started and there are now to seven study centres throughout Ecuador where about eighty Ecuadorians are being trained for the work of the ministry. The head office and center is in Quito. The first graduate of CRETE is the pastor in their church in Quito and a professor in the seminary. Another graduate is a professor and is also in charge of the seminary. A third graduate is in charge of the Reformed study center in the main prison in Ecuador and he has forty-five students among the inmates. Fred and Arlene both teach courses in the Bible Institute.

In 2002, Fred and Arlene helped to start an outreach ministry in Quininde, where together with members of their church they are taking the gospel and bringing humanitarian aid to eight marginal communities. They have children's projects in three marginal communities where they work with 350 children and their families. The Gospel is taught and physical and spiritual needs of the families are taken care of. The Lord has been gracious and many have come to know him through this ministry. Outreach work is also being done in six rural communities. In several of these communities there are groups of believers who gather together to worship on the Lord's Day and two new churches are being planted. In 2017 they plan to build a small medical clinic to better help meet the medical and spiritual needs of the people in this community.

God is building his church in Ecuador and the Jonkmans are so privileged, together with all our supporters, to be a part of this work.

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