Machachi Ecuador sits at 10,000 feet above sea level. It is 60
miles down the Panamerican Highway, south of Ecuador’s capital
Quito. Machachi has a population of 12,500 people. It sits in the
Andes Mountain chain and has consistent weather year-round
meaning they do not experience Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter.
All four seasons can be felt all in the same day. When the sun is
out, the weather is very warm, up to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. When
it is cloudy, rainy or nighttime, the weather is chilly, as low as 50
Most of the residents of this region consider themselves
Catholic but have religious beliefs, which include a mix of Catholic
and nature worship
This community has very little violent crime but petty theft is
very common. Our teams usually stay in a hostal, which is like a
bed and breakfast. It is considered a very nice place to stay by
Ecuadorian standards. The hostal houses between 2 and 3 people
in each bedroom and all have access to shared bathrooms.
Our teams do not have transportation while in Machachi and
therefore we do a lot of walking. This can be a problem at this high
elevation if our participants have any health issues.
A typical meal in Ecuador consists of a large portion of rice, a
little meat, soup, fresh fruit and fresh juice. It is not recommended
that our team members drink tap water, eat raw fruit, or use ice
while in country.
Ecuador is in our same time zone except during Daylight
Savings Time, when it is one hour behind South Carolina time.
Travel usually consists of flying from Charlotte to Miami and then
from Miami to Quito. We take a rented van from the airport in
Quito to our hostal in Machachi. Total travel time from Camden to
our hostal is approximately 12-14 hours
1. Be an active member of Camden FBC
2. Be responsible for securing funds for the majority of the trip cost
3. Attend 12 – 16 mandatory training sessions
4. Exhibit growth in your relationship with Christ
5. Obtain medical clearance to travel and spend time in this high elevation location
6. Be 18 years of age or older
7. Be committed to verbally sharing your faith
8. Be emotionally and spiritually mature
9. Be flexible
10. Be willing to submit to and pass a background check in compliance with IMB’s child protection policy
11. Have or obtain a current US passport
Contact Maureen Kohn for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 432-7787
Our mission teams will be working to establish relationships with residents of Machachi as groundwork for our future trips there. We will also evangelize and teach the Bible to our contacts.
We will work under the supervision of full-time IMB missionaries who live about an hour away from Machachi.
Each team will hire translators who will work along side us for the week.
In-country expenses ($500)
Airfare (about $1000)
Passport ($135 or $110 for renewal)
Immunizations ($25 - $250)
*FBC support money is estimated to provide
approximately $500 per participant
Suggestions for funding trip:
Support request letters
Church member contributions
Birthday gifts, Mothers and Father’s day gifts
Sunday School class sponsorship
$200 deposit due with sign-up
Find additional general mission trip info at: thetask.org
$ 500 room, board, etc..
+$ 135 passport
+$ 250 immunizations
$1,835 total cost