Greetings from an Excited Peruvian Missionary!
I have been awaiting pictures from my last trip before posting a report, but since those pictures still have not arrived I wanted to bring you an update and tell you about my upcoming trip in June.
If you followed my reports on FaceBook or our web site, Godsblueprint.info, you know that my initial itinerary looked like the last trip would be a vacation! Fortunately, thanks to our Peru daughters, Maria and Raquel, our schedule filled up quickly at the last minute, and I ministered almost daily throughout the trip, sometimes two or three times.
Every trip seems to have a different emphasis; this trip it was salvation decisions. Even in leadership meetings, where one might expect everyone to be born again, people responded to the invitation to receive Jesus as their Savior. To them, that was the most important result of my trip…their eternity with Jesus was secured. Praise God!
My primary purpose in going to Peru was to minister at the Victory Fellowship of Ministries annual Pastors and Leaders Conference. I spoke in the afternoon sessions on Thursday and Friday. The Friday session garnered the most response when I spoke of cutting away all those things that made you look like the world instead of looking like a Christian. The altar was full of men and women who wanted to shed themselves of the bondage of sin. I was overwhelmed by how the Lord used me.
I had an important meeting with Pastor Eli Chavez, the new President of the Evangelical Church of Christ, the denomination in which I am a leader. The denomination has undergone some major challenges. A group of pastors from a major city north of Lima have opposed the direction the denomination is going and have pulled out. After ministering in Pastor Eli’s church on Thursday evening, he asked me to PLEASE come to the June Pastors and Leaders Convention, in his words, as a spiritual father to the churches. That convention is June 9-11, and I have planned my schedule accordingly.
I won’t spend a lot of time detailing the issues in the Evangelical Church of Christ. While on the surface they involve doctrinal issues, the real issue is control. I have seen many times before, as you perhaps have also, that the greatest opposition of a new move of God often comes from the leaders of the previous move of God. Such is the case.
And He is moving, not only in the Evangelical Church of Christ, but throughout the nation of Peru as well. When Marsha and I began our work in Peru the nation was estimated at only 3% evangelical. Today estimates are that 23% of the nation is now born again, and the number continues to grow. We are SO PRIVILEGED to see what the Lord is doing there.
As I mentioned, the Lord’s focus for this trip was salvations. On one of my early trips I sensed the Holy Spirit telling me not to count numbers as I might become prideful. (He would know, wouldn’t He!) So I can’t tell you how many people were born again, but it was a bunch!
The June convention will be held in Trujillo. Marsha and I have been there a number of times before, and we have good friends there. I hope to do a Marketplace Evangelism Workshop while there. The workshops I’ve done in Lima have had great response, and I want to share that message in as many places as I can.
I’ll share more about the upcoming trip as it comes together more. Please keep the Evangelical Church of Christ in your prayers. And pray for Marsha and me as we continue our work in Peru. The upcoming trip will be number seventeen! We are grateful for the prayers and support of all our partners. The work would not be possible without you! God bless.
In His Love,
Jim and Marsha