CONNECTING THOSE WHO ARE WILLING WITH THOSE WHO ARE IN NEED.

WELCOME

For over 20 years, we have been helping churches and individuals partner together toward planting churches, training leaders, and restoring communities. We're thankful for your interest in our ministry, and welcome any questions you might have about who we are and how you can get involved.

Thank you for your interest!

Please give us a little information about yourself, and we'll reach out right away.

Steve Youngren Founder, Compassion Connection

WE PLANT CHURCHES

Following Christ's plan to extend His Kingdom through local churches, we exist to see churches planted throughout Ecuador, Latin America, and the world.

WE TRAIN LEADERS

The strength of local churches and church plants in Ecuador is dependent upon the foundations of those who plant, pastor and lead them. We exist to train these leaders biblically, theologically and in practical ministry.

WE HELP RESTORE COMMUNITIES

Believing that Jesus' Kingdom is meant to restore the broken relationships between man and God, between one another and between man and God's creation, we exist to equip local churches in Ecuador to extend Christ's compassion by ministering to issues of poverty, injustice and disease.

WE PLANT CHURCHES

Many churches desire to participate in international church planting, but don't know how to connect to new works.

We help catalyze relationships between churches in the United States and Ecuador through shared projects, outreach, and funding requests. Our goal is to establish long-lasting relationships between churches sharing in the work of the gospel.

Thank you for your interest!

Please give us a little information about yourself, and we'll reach out right away.

PARTNER CHURCHES

US

PARTNER CHURCHES

ECUADOR

BECOME A PARTNER

We'd love to send you more information about opportunities for partnership through Compassion Connection.

WE TRAIN 

LEADERS

In many parts of the world, pastors shepherd with little to no training, and no opportunities for training on the horizon. We want to change that.

We provide needed biblical training at little to no expense to those being trained. Our three–year training programs feature seminars that also serve as an avenue for churches and pastors to partner together.

COTOPAXI TRAINING CENTER

We have been building and developing the Cotopaxi Training Center for almost a decade.

We're proud to offer pastors training and means at almost no cost to those being trained. The food we provide is grown on the property itself, and the training comes directly from pastors and teachers willing to serve.

PARTNER 

NETWORKS

INTERESTED IN 

BECOMING A TRAINER?

We're looking for qualified teachers who have a heart to serve.

If you desire to serve pastors in Ecuador, and believe you have the necessary qualifications for training them, we would love to hear from you.

WE HELP RESTORE COMMUNITIES

We equip local churches in Ecuador to extend Christ's compassion by ministering to issues of poverty, injustice and disease.

We believe that the gospel came with power to not only restore our relationship with God, but also with others and with our world. We work to develop churches and leaders that will be engaging in the culture around them, looking for specific ways in which they can be a blessing. Often this focuses on partnerships with stateside churches and their short-term teams which help with community development issues particular to the vision of each local church pastor within their context.

OUR TEAM

It is our privilege to work with an incredible team of people. The term "synergy" comes from the same word translated "fellow-worker" in scripture and describes the multiplying effect that takes place when people combine their gifts and talents together for the Kingdom of God.

STAFF

Steve Youngren

Steve graduated from Northwest University in 1982 with a degree in Pastoral Ministry, and has since completed his MA in International Development from William Carey University in Pasedena, CA. He is Co-Founder of Compassion Connection (1998) and oversees all operations of Compassion Connection (1998) in Ecuador, mentors church planters, coordinates and teaches in the training programs, as well as represents Acts 29 in Ecuador.

Sandi Youngren

Sandi is Co-Founder of Compassion Connection (1998) and integrally involved with networking and maintaining communication with stateside support. Sandi also has a small jewelry company that helps to support young women in Ecuador escaping human trafficking. See more at QueEncantadora.etsy.com.

Gabriela Puente

Gabriela has been volunteering with CC since 2015. She grew up in a Pastor's home in Quito and has served in her church most of her life. She graduated in 2019 with a degree in Communications from Universidad Catolica in Quito. Gaby now leads the oversight of all logistics and communication for our Pastoral Training program.

Mike Leonzo

Raised in a pastor’s home in Central Pennsylvania, Mike graduated from Cedarville University with a degree in International Studies – Missiology and a Spanish minor. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Divinity degree from Baptist Bible Seminary, and has had the privilege to teach, preach, and disciple others in both local church and para-church ministries for the past several years. Previously to joining CC, Mike served in the International Headquarters of the missions organization ABWE (Association of Baptists for World Evangelism). Mike helps to facilitate and lead our Pastoral Training and Pastoral Care
ministries.

Luis Osorio

Luis is a Venezuelan native who graduated from technical college with a degree in Computer Systems and a minor in Strategic Planning. He arrived in Ecuador in 2010, at which time he began to volunteer with Compassion Connection as well as other nonprofit organizations. As a full time staff member with Compassion Connection since April 2019, his responsibilities include assisting local churches to develop and implement community development efforts, as well as the management of the kitchen and meals for all Compassion Connection events.

VOLUNTEER STAFF

María del Carmen Atiaga and Jorge Luis Rodriguez

María and Jorge Luis represent the volunteer work force with organizing our seminary training events. Both have a degree in Communications and are a part of La Fuente church plant in Quito. They work together with the Compassion Connection team in the areas of promotion, logistics and translation.

Herb Neufeld

Herb Neufeld was a graduate of Elim Bible Institute (Canada) in Bibical Studies followed by a degree in Physiotherapy at the University of Manitoba. He has been a practicing Physical Therapist since 1989 in Southern California. He and his wife Wanda have been on the Board of Compassion Connection since its inception.

Wanda Neufeld

Wanda is a graduate of St. Boniface School of Nursing and has traveled the world giving medical help when needed. She has been part of Compassion Connection since 1998 covering communications and is the acting Board Secretary.

Paul Ingle

Paul graduated from Christ For The Nations Institute in 1994 and has had a passion for foreign missions since his first short term trip to Mexico in 1992. He lives and works in Southern California with his wife Taryn. He has been a part of Compassion Connection since its inception, giving himself to fund raising and building projects. He has been a board member since 2015.

Rhonda Hall

Rhonda has served on the Missions Committee at her local church since 2004, serving as the Contact Person for Steve and Sandi since 2010. She has been to Ecuador several times, serving Compassion Connection, La Fuente church, and the CC team in many ways. She joined the CC Board in 2017.

Amie Youngren

Amie Youngren has worked with non profit organizations in India, Japan, Mexico and Ecuador. She helped to plant La Fuente church in Quito, and was the Administrator and Director of the Children's Ministry there. She was involved with Compassion Connection full time for twenty years, working with donors, incoming teams, and children's outreaches. She is now a CC Board Member.

GET INVOLVED

We would love to connect you or your church to those in need. Please consider partnering with us in one of the following ways.

JOIN US IN
PRAYER

Pray with us for new works, exciting initiatives, and bold evangelism. We will keep you updated with needs, updates, and stories of all that God is doing in and through our partner churches.

PARTNER WITH
A CHURCH

Find out how you can connect with a new work in Ecuador, and work together for the advancement of the gospel.

PARTNER WITH US
FINANCIALLY

Compassion Connection is funded by kingdom-minded individuals and churches that give sacrificially of their finances in order to advance Kingdom work in South America.

MORE
INFORMATION

Still have questions? We'd love to send you more information about our ministry, our statement of beliefs, or just get on the phone to explore new avenues of partnership you might be considering.