Two church members killed in South American mudslide
Two members of a Church of Christ in Quito, Ecuador,…
Church members in North and South America are mourning Dottie McBride. She died from illness April 30 at age 67.
The native of Nocona, Texas, served for 35-plus years in Ecuador with her husband, Louis. (See her obituary.)
The Nacona Church of Christ supports their work.
I was treated to breakfast at the McBrides’ beautiful home in the mountains near Cuenca, Ecuador, during a reporting trip there in 2009. The entire family is involved in benevolence work and ministry to the people of Ecuador.
Their daughter, Rachel Montesdesca, works with the Key Way Foundation, which helps deal with social problems in Ecuador “by providing a haven through which children can receive food, shelter, medical aid and emotional and spiritual support,” according to the foundation’s website.
Here’s a brief summary of their work from from a story I wrote for our Global South series:
Louis McBride was born in Ecuador. His father was a railroad worker from the U.S., and McBride moved there when he was 12. He met his wife, Dottie, in the States, and they committed to five years of mission work in Ecuador.
“It’s been a long five years,” said McBride, who has traversed the country for 31 years, helping win souls and plant churches.
In that time he’s seen Churches of Christ grow, but he fears that many are caught up in doctrinal matters and are more interested in “purifying the church than preaching the gospel.” He encourages churches to refocus on evangelism. He and his family live in Cuenca, Ecuador.
(In case you’re wondering, the McBrides are not related to Bailey McBride, editor emeritus of The Christian Chronicle.)
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ecuador Fund or to the Key Way Foundation, both addressed to Nocona Church of Christ, 311 Cooke St, Nocona, Texas, 76255.
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