Extreme Nazarene Ministries is currently transitioning our administrative offices to Quito, Ecuador. By 2014 CEMSA (Center for Extreme Mobilization South America) will be fully located in this city. Many of our Administrative staff have already relocated to Quito and our 40 Days Experience program takes place in this city.
It is located in north-central Ecuador in a river basin on the eastern slopes of Pichincha, an active volcano in the Andes mountains. With a population of 2,197,698 according to the last census (2001), and, as estimated by the municipality, approximately 2,504,991 in 2005, Quito is the second most populous city in Ecuador, after Guayaquil. It is also the capital of the Pichincha province and the seat of Metropolitan District of Quito. In 2008, the city was designated as the headquarters of the Union of South American Nations. The elevation of the city’s central square is 2,800 meters (9,200 feet), making Quito the second-highest administrative capital city in the world (after La Paz, Bolivia), and the highest legal capital (ahead of Sucre, also in Bolivia, and Bogotá, Colombia).
The central square of Quito is located about 25 kilometers (16 miles) south of the equator; the city itself extends to within about 1 kilometer (0.62 miles) of zero latitude. A monument and museum marking the general location of the equator is known locally as La Mitad del Mundo (the middle of the world) to avoid confusion, as the word “Ecuador” is Spanish for “equator.”