REFLECTIONS OF A TRIP TO PERU

I’m sitting in the airport in Houston, about 3 1/2 hrs. com home and pondering about my trip to Lima and Tarapoto. The best part of the trip wasn’t spending the time with our Peru families and friends, though that time was very special. And it wasn’t having the opportunity to preach more in two days than I preached all year in the United States, though I I found it extremely fulfilling. And it wasn’t the healing miracles I saw, most of which were done through the students in the Signs and Wonders in the Marketplace Evangelism Workshop, though that certainly was exciting.

No, the best past of the trip was seeing people come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ! On my first trip to Peru The Lord cautioned me about keeping numbers lest I become prideful when HE is the one doing it anyway. And, if only one received salvation during the whole trip, it would have been worth the time, effort and money. The most I aw save from any one altar call was at least 17 and 5 was a typical number. Gloria a Dios (Glory to God!)

Another highlight of the trip was blessing a church in Lima with a financial gift for their Christmas outreach program. Each year they receive offerings to buy toys for kids in their church’s neighborhood, which is in a very poor district. Additionally, they are planting two more churches, and the outreach will help reach those neighborhoods as well. Samuel Castillo pastors that church with his father. Some of the Destiny readers will recognize that name; Samuel was our Hispanic Pastor at Destiny for or five years ago. It was neat that his daughter, Sharom, was my translator and she did a great job.

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About Pastor Jim Dixon

Jim Dixon is a husband, father, grandfather, pastor, missionary and with his wife, Marsha, an author. Jim and Marsha are founders of God's Blueprint for Marriage, a ministry based on the experiences they had during reconciliation and restoration of their tumultuous marriage that would have ended in divorce, had it not been for God's intervention. Their marriage workshop called, not surprisingly, "God's Blueprint for Marriage" shares details of their failing marriage and, more importantly, the lessons they learned during the restoration process. Their book, "God's Blueprint for Marriage", is available through their web site, www.godsblueprint.info Jim is Missions and Small Groups Pastor at their church, Word of Life Fellowship. He and Marsha have a strong ministry presence in Peru, where he is a leader in the Evangelical Church of Christ of Peru, a Peruvian denomination. And Marsha is founder of Mujeres de Valor (Women of Worth), a ministry helping women in Peru find their place in service to God. They also work with Victory Bible College-Peru and Victory Fellowship of Ministries, organizations dedicated to training and supporting pastors and church leaders in that nation. Their two sons, Michael and Jeffrey, are also in ministry, Jeffrey full time as Youth Pastor of their church. Additionally they have a number of "adopted" sons and daughters, many of whom are in ministry as well. Jim is a professional storm chaser. You can hear him during severe weather in NW Arkansas on 40/29.
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