Super Mario: Equipping Leaders in Ecuador
Mario Benavides wears many hats. He’s a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), an auditor, a church elder, and Partners Worldwide’s newest Curriculum Coach, based in Quito, Ecuador.
An exceptionally talented and wise man with a passion for business and ministry, God is using Mario in powerful ways.
He lives out his calling to meet both spiritual and physical needs by providing business training seminars and coaching to local entrepreneurs and business people.
Realizing that in order for his dream to see people and businesses flourish in Quito come true, Mario would need to partner with others to multiply the impact. He began connecting with local businesspeople and members at his church who shared his vision.
Together, they started on the path to become Verbo Quito Manosca, Partners Worldwide’s newest Local Community Institution (LCI) in Ecuador.
The LCI is affiliated with the Verbo Church of Ecuador and will work alongside our other LCI partners in Ecuador: El Oro Partners, FYKDE (a group of indigenous farmers), and Cuenca Partners, who we’ve partnered with for the past five years.
Partners Worldwide recently hosted a training session in Quito to equip these emerging leaders to successfully and sustainably launch Verbo Quito Manosca.
Mario, along with 24 of his partners and six members from El Oro Partners attended the week-long training. Carmen Morris, a Partners Worldwide Curriculum Coach who led the training, was quickly blown away by the capacity of participants and especially by the potential in the new leaders from Quito.
She realized they were true servant leaders who had captured the vision to use business as a means for ministry in the world. Carmen encouraged the leaders with her assurance that God will do great things through them.
Seeing particular potential in Mario, Carmen certified him as a Curriculum Coach, so he is able to conduct advanced training seminars for others in the future.
By the end of the week, there was much to celebrate. The participants were enthusiastic as the training better equipped them to manage their businesses, launch the new LCI in collaboration with our other local partners in Ecuador, and help others by becoming mentors or trainers themselves.
Mario felt more affirmed than ever in his purpose and experienced the deep satisfaction that comes from sharing that purpose – to help his country’s businesses and communities flourish – with others.