Al and Connie McElheran

Al and Connie graduated from New Tribes Bible Institute in 1967 and headed to Ecuador as missionaries.

Al started as a recording engineer for Back to the Bible Ministry, then went on to HCJB in Quito, where he worked as director for medical caravans and then as director for community development.  As a veteran missionary for over 30 years in Ecuador, Al’s first love has been taking the gospel to nationals in the Andes Mountain communities and the remote Amazon jungles through medical missions.  In 1993 Al joined Impact Ministries and began a ministry on the largest river in Ecuador, the Napo.  During Al and Connie’s years in Ecuador, Al built a Bible-teaching seminary on the river.  He opened nine communities on the river to the gospel and trained nationals to take over and lead the ministries.

In December of 2008, Al and Connie moved to Bentonville, Arkansas, and continue their work for the Lord.  Al joins our Honduran team and is planning three medical, dental, and evangelism trips each year, along with additional trips back to Ecuador, because he has seen how the medical and dental trips open hearts for the gospel.

Connie also has been used by the Lord in great ways.  Besides raising four daughters, Connie ministered at HCJB Hospital in Quito for many years, focusing on social work and administration.  In 1985 she got involved with Camp Hope, a ministry for poor, disabled Ecuadorian children and orphans. She served as vice president of the Camp Hope Foundation. Upon her transition to the states, Connie assumed leadership of the sponsorship program for Camp Hope and does translation for letters sent to the sponsors. She is also called on for advice and counsel as she interfaces with the board and staff.


Al would like to invite doctors, dentists, nurses, medical staff, and anyone interested in a great short- term missions project to get in touch with him and take a life-changing trip to either Honduras or Ecuador.  If you would like to contact Al, call him directly at (479) 381-7570.

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