The first week of ministry in Peru was a success doing medical work in several communities along the rivers and ground preparation for a Bible school founded to train lay pastors in the remote jungle region. In spite of rain and mud the team was able to build a bridge over a stream to provide access for future construction of buildings on the property. The first construction will be dorm rooms and classrooms with the hope of opening the Bible institute by the end of September. The medical team also visited a new community that would like to continue receiving medical help and spiritual encouragement. “Flor de Un Dia” will be the target of the next indigenous church plant.
Surge Senior VP Al Lotz (Azusa Pacific) joined the team for the second week of ministry in Chincha, a town south of Lima and the home of pastor Carlos and the church and Christian school he and his family run. It is this church that is behind the Bible school in the jungle as an outreach to the indigenous people in that region. One of the highlights of the trip was seeing the students of the Christian school put on a folklore dance for us in commemoration of a turning point in a battle for independence. This holiday is not their independence day, but is nationally recognized.
Al translated for the medical doctors during the 5 medical clinics. On a humorous note, the people began to refer to Al as “doctor”! One of the team members taught a women’s course on the book “La Mujer Virtuosa” (The Virtuous Woman). This teaching occurred 3 times and on one of those occasions 6 women professed Christ as Savior. Al was also invited to preach in Spanish twice, and taught on the discipleship process as seen in the life of Peter.