Ecuadorians are immigrants from the South American nation of Ecuador. While the majority are ethnically Mestizo, they may also be White, Afro-Ecuadorian, Indigenous, Mulato, or Zambo.
Until the 1960s, very few Ecuadorians migrated to North America. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, several waves of migration started. Ecuadorian immigration peaked during the political and economic turmoil in Ecuador in the late 1990s. While Ecuadorians may be found in many areas, they tend to gravitate to large urban centers such as New York. Ecuadorians are one of the largest South American Latino groups in New York City as well as in the State of New York, and Queens County's, NY has the largest Ecuadorian community of any county in the USA. Like many other ethnic groups, Ecuadorians tend to immigrate to where there is already an established Ecuadorian community that can help them find jobs and to get started on their new life.
The most popular sport among Ecuadorians is soccer, and they follow the national team of Ecuador with great passion. They also excel at sports such as tennis, badminton, and volleyball.
Ecuadorian cuisine is diverse, but most regions in Ecuador follow a traditional three course meal of soup, a second course which includes rice and a protein such as meat or fish, and then dessert and coffee to finish. Supper is usually lighter, and sometimes consists only of coffee or herbal tea with bread. Ecuadorians prefer to drink their coffee in their traditional way, which requires boiling the coffee down to a thick sludge known as esencia and bringing it to the table in a small pitcher or bottle. It is then blended in the cup with hot water, milk, and sugar. The final product has a distinctive taste quite different from the coffee most Americans drink.
The traditional Andean music of the indigenous peoples of Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia have become popular in the United States. Many indigenous Ecuadorians perform in traditional groups, some on university campuses and in halls, but many more in the streets and subways of New York and other cities. Such groups may have a tour bus to take them to the streets of different cities where they don their traditional garb and their long straight hair, homburg hats and brightly colored ponchos create a distinctive impression.
Most Ecuadorians speak a version of Spanish which is understandable by other Spanish speakers, but with some idiosyncrasies. Many also speak indigenous languages such as Quechua. The majority of Ecuadorians are officially Roman Catholic, although there is a significant Protestant Christian minority.
Pray for the gospel to continue to spread in the Ecuadorian community.
Pray for God to raise up Christian leaders from within the Ecuadorian community to work in the harvest.
Pray for Christians in the Ecuadorian community to start new churches and ministries not only among their own people, but among the least reached peoples around them.
"After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb." (Revelation 7:9, NIV)