Our Story

Our Story

We are Tony and Joy Anzalone. We became BBFI missionaries to Ecuador in 1988. Our sending church is Great Lakes Baptist Temple in Flint, MI. After deputation and one year of language study in Mexico, we arrived in Quito, Ecuador in 1991 with three daughters–Amanda, Ashley, and Alexis. In 2003, we adopted our son David (Teddy), and we adopted Carla and Matthew in 2010. We now have twelve grandchildren.

During our first several years in Ecuador, we worked in and around Quito, Ecuador’s capital city. We served in church planting, leadership training, and Christian education ministries. In 2005, we started a church in the port city of Manta. Our ministry emphasizes discipleship and training a nucleus of servant-leaders. The church in Manta has active evangelism, discipleship, service, and missions ministries; ministers effectively to all ages; and is prepared to serve as a launching pad for more church planting in our region of Ecuador.

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Our family all together, Christmas 2013
First time to have all six of our children together! December, 2013
8 of our 10 grand children! What a blessing they are to us!! Christmas, 2013
Our Family at home in Manta. February, 2016