History


Byron’s Story

I was born in Quito, Ecuador, in 1979.  I am one of twelve children.  When I was 18 years old, an elderly couple came to our house to share the message of Jesus Christ.  My family was poor and my father had cancer.  I remember praying to God to show me the way of truth.  When the elderly lady shared the gospel with me, I decided to pray and receive Jesus as my Savior.  My father died just after that, but I continued to grow in the Lord.  I met a missionary, Mark Edwards, who had a youth group which I began to attend.  Then I went to a Bible Institute for two years.  I helped the missionary with the church, discipling new believers, leading small groups, and eventually as a youth pastor.

I met my wife, Mark’s daughter, during this time.  We dated for about two years, then she returned to the United States.  In a miraculous way, a year later God opened the doors for me to go to the U.S. and get married.  We lived in New Hampshire for a year, then in Oregon for three years while my wife went to college.  During this time God allowed me to become a U.S. citizen, to learn more English, and to become a part of the U.S. culture.

The Lord Jesus called me to be a missionary when I lived in Portland, Oregon.  I struggled with this decision for a few months because I did not want to leave the United States.  My wife was ready so I decided to obey what God was telling us.  We established a nonprofit organization and became its first missionaries.  We’ve been working in Ecuador since 2005.  We praise God for his love, provision, and all of the wonders He has performed.

Becky’s Story

Born in 1982, I was blessed to grow up in a Christian family and to accept Jesus Christ very young. My parents were missionaries, so I lived in Ecuador from the age of 10 to 18. Ever since I was in high school, I felt God calling me to work with children here in Ecuador. The years passed, but my sense of calling remained. After I finished college in 2005, Byron and I returned to Ecuador as missionaries with Isaiah 61. Since then, we have worked and fallen in love with many different children and God has allowed us to see His hand working in amazing ways.

About Isaiah 61 International

Once Byron and Becky decided to obey God’s call to return to Ecuador after she graduated from college in 2005, they knew that they needed to have the support of a Christian organization to handle their funds and oversee their ministry. Because their goals were specific to Ecuador, they decided to create their own non-profit so they could tailor the organization to the necessary work. They incorporated Isaiah 61 International in Portland, Oregon in August of 2005. There are currently seven board members (Becky is the President), a bookkeeper, and Byron and Becky Gudiño on staff.