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Collection 571 Oral History Interviews with Shura Facanha

Identifier: CN 571

Scope and Contents

Oral history interviews with Shura Facanha in which she discusses her family; family ministry and involvement at church; the Assemblies of God church in Ecuador; foreign missionaries in Ecuador; Operation Mobilization ships; translation work; growing in Christian life on board the OM Doulos; evangelistic work in Philippines, Papau New Guinea, Australia; attack in the Philippines; working in the former Yugoslavia; beginning home office in Ecuador; deliberating between career and missions; balancing ministry and family life; strengths of American and Ecuadorian churches; Wheaton College Graduate School; women missionaries in OM; importance of pastoral care for missionaries. The time period covered by the interviews is 1968 to 2001.

Shura Facanha was interviewed by Paul Ericksen on November 14, 2000 and May 8, 2001 at the Billy Graham Center Archives at Wheaton College.


  • Created: 2000-2001

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

Biographical or Historical Information

Full Name: Shura Susana Palacios Facanha

Birth: March 5, 1968 in Guayaquil, Ecuador


Parents: Axa Marussich (mother); Franklin Palacios (father)

Siblings: Axa Palacios Carnes (older sister); Andrea Palacios (younger sister)

Marital Status: Married Roberto Facanha; 1994

Children: Gabriela, born in 1996; 3 other children

Conversion: 1972, Age 4: during an altar call at an evangelistic event


1986 - Central Bible College, Springfield, Missouri

1990-1992 - Brookdale Community College, Guayaquil, Ecuador

1993-1997 - Christian and Missionary Alliance Seminary, Guayaquil, Ecuador

1999-2000 - Wheaton College Graduate School, Wheaton, Illinois.  TESL and Masters in Missions/Intercultural Studies as a recipient of the Billy Graham Center Scholarship


1986 - October - Joined OM (Operation Mobilization) ship, M/V Logos.

1987 - Worked with an OM land team in England, Hungary and former Yugoslavia

1988 - Joined the OM ship, M/V Doulos

1989 - Worked at the OM US home office in Georgia

1992-1999 - Worked as OM representative in Ecuador

2002 -- As of 2009, working along with her husband to run the OM Ecuador office: teaching, mobilizing missions in Ecuador, running a Christian bookstore and starting new programs for children especially in at-risk.


2.00 Audio Tapes

178 Minutes

Language of Materials


Accruals and Additions

The materials in this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center Archives by Shura Facanha in 2000 and 2001.

Accession: 00-68; 01-21

November 2009

Noel Collins Pfeifer

Collection 571 Oral History Interviews with Shura Facanha
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Roman Script

Repository Details

Part of the Evangelism & Missions Archives Repository

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