When God give you a burden for someone or something, you become so focused on it that it dominates your thoughts and your conversation…or in this case, your writings.
I have just such a burden for Peru. When I made my first trip eleven years ago, I had a two-fold purpose. The first was to check out the ministry our church was supporting when I came to NW AR, and see that the money was going into fertile soil.
Secondly, I went so that Pastor Julio Romero, whose ministry we were supporting in Peru, would quit inviting me. I figured if I went once that would satisfy him. Little did I know that sixteen more trips to Peru would follow in the next eleven years.
Now I am in love with Peru and her people. And, though Marsha and I have touched so many lives, our lives have been touched by so many more. It’s humbling when you learn that pastors have hiked out of the jungle for two weeks to hear what “the man of God from the US” has to bring them. Or when you learn they rode in the back of a produce truck for several days. Then you find out they are sleeping on concrete floors at night. You learn of the price they’ve paid as they’ve been ostracized, many of them having their lives threatened for the sake of the gospel.
We reach out to the smaller churches where others won’t or can’t go. We teach, encourage, edify and strengthen the pastors and leaders, some of whom were ready to quit until we lifted them up by our words and prayers.
As you’ve read, the denomination that has chosen us as a spiritual leader is in turmoil right now. Their pastors and leaders convention is coming up soon, and I so want to be with them. But as much as I want to go, I want more to be in God’s will. And if He wants me to go, I know He’ll provide for us.
There is such a thin line between faith and presumption. I’ve made trips in the past that were based on the presumption that the money we needed to meet our needs here at home would come in. And I have to confess that it hasn’t always happened. I’ve promised God and promised Marsha that I would not presume that our needs would be met when I go again, but that the money would be in the bank or on the way, or that I have a direct word from God, before booking the trip.
I have not bought tickets or made hotel reservations, even though I’ve wanted to. I have three things to ask you to pray about:
1) That if I’m supposed to go our needs will be met.
2) That if I’m not supposed to go I won’t struggle with God’s decision.
3) That my denomination, the Evangelical Church of Christ of Peru, would find restoration, and move on about the business of winning the lost to Christ.
Thank you so much for your prayers and support through the years. May God richly bless you.