El Refugio


El Refugio   is a training and retreat center in Ecuador which facilitates a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ through nature and outdoor adventure.

These programs seek to create environments in which to facilitate a transforming experience that empower’s the participants to identify and pursue God’s call on their lives.

Throughout the year, we train and disciple national facilitators to guide experiential learning in reaching people for Christ.   

These ”facilitators” work together with our staff in leading the retreat groups that come to El Refugio. Our retreats target a very broad group of people, from church youth groups, to schools, and business corporations. 

After completion of training, these nationals return to their churches and towns and are able to use their training to minister to their communities and churches.

The Need:

100 young people discipled   through ALTURAS (Elevations), a 10-week adventure based discipleship program focused on service

30 next generation leaders equipped   at a deeper level in Leadership, Spiritual Formation and Adventure Design through FRONTERAS (Frontiers), a 10-month intensive training experience

3 new full and part-time staff   positions added to the team will fill out the major holes that are keeping us from reaching more people

An additional 2500 lives per year impacted   through expanded programming to reach younger kids through outdoor education, professionals through corporate teambuilding.

Website :   www.haciendaelrefugio.org 

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