Short-Term Missions Trip to Ecuador: Community Ministry


The Onzole River Project (ORP) was Founded by Nikki Horne to advocate for, work with and invest in communities of people who have experienced marginalization on multiple levels for generations. The work of the ORP focuses on developing a range of diverse education initiatives, both formal and informal, in partnership with community members to help people discover who they are, their innate value and dream of a better future, while acquiring the skills to actually achieve it.

In 2013 Carlos Vieira joined the Canadian Navigators to work within the Onzole communities as a field worker with the ORP alongside Nikki Horne. In 2018, the Canadian Navigators took ownership of the project, under the leadership of Carlos as the new ORP Director.

Today, the work of the ORP combines investing in peoples’ education while being faithfully present and journeying with them in faith, which has proven to be a powerful catalyst for meaningful and sustained change.

Over the past 10 years, Navigator staff have been faithfully present in these communities, helping the people address their specific economic and social challenges while guiding them to experience a dee, ongoing connection with Jesus.

We believe God has special place in his heart for the marginalized and that addressing issues of poverty, corruption and injustice is part of our biblical mandate.

Along with our strong belief in the dignity, value and unique gifting of every person, we’ve combined these foundational beliefs into our engagement with the Onzole River communities and we have seen God move in powerful ways.

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Trip Dates

January 9 - January 17, 2022

Team Size:

6 - 10

Trip Cost:


Orientation Location:

TDB, In Person

Application Deadline:

October 18, 2021

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