By Stephen Carrier, missionary to Chile
In Ecuador, two weeks of protests led by the indigenous organization CONAIE (Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador) began on June 13th in response to the rising cost of living and fuel. Thousands of protesters took to the streets to express their displeasure at the way things are going in the country, and soon the protests turned into violent clashes that some believe have resulted in at least six deaths.
Those displeased with the government wanted price controls on fuel and food, as well as more investment in healthcare and education. The leaders of CONAIE stated that they would not be dragged into another meeting with the government that would only result in a mockery of their demands, while the government declared that it wouldn’t allow the protesters to divide the country.
Finally, the two groups were able to come to a truce in which the government agreed to lower the price of gasoline, among other things. They now have 90 days to fulfill their obligations.
All of this comes as inflation rises worldwide and the pressure is felt more than ever by ordinary citizens. The world is desperately looking for solutions to its problems, and the only true source of peace is found in Jesus Christ. While we know according to Scripture that many will ultimately look to the Antichrist for help, that day has not yet come, and we must be about our Father’s business while there is time.
In Ecuador, while the cost of living may be outrageous, the cost of dying will be far greater for many if we don’t reach them in time with the gospel. Please pray that God will raise up laborers to this Latin American country, and that He will use those laborers to win many souls for Him.