Donalda and I have recently been to Peru as part of the Kerygma 180 Mission Team. Our time was a true blessing to us and we trust that the Lord has blessed His work in Peru. We are greatly humbled by the love and support and financial aid we received from our brothers and sisters in Rosskeen, in sending us out. We are grateful to God for Angus and Anita Lamont who were so helpful on our arrival in Lima.
We arrived in Trujillo , a city of one million people on the coast of Peru. We met up with several missionaries whom we would be alongside. We stayed for four days with one couple as we reached out in Trujillo.
Pablo, a young elder, was our main organiser in Truijllo. Pablo was brought up in the jungle and was brought to Christ through the ministry of Bert and Colleen Elliot. Pablo did a Masters Degree and teaches at the college. Bert, who died last year, was the brother of Jim Elliot who was one of the men martyred in Ecuador.
We all had opportunity to testify of Christ and the centrality of the cross and the power of His name
Bert planted 158 churches in the jungle over 50 years, and everywhere we went it seemed that we came across the fruit of Bert and Colleen’s ministry. In Trujillo we went to the Centro Biblico Bible College to address parents and students. Pablo told us that a certain element was trying to influence students with the occult. We all had opportunity to testify of Christ and the centrality of the cross and the power of His name, and to point out the dangers of witchcraft. Armond, our team leader, gave a powerful talk and astonishing illustration.
I was able to give teaching on the Holy Spirit to a group of about 40 mature believers, and some new believers. Donalda gave testimony and sang. Our next place was a drug rehab, cocaine being the main drug used. Many addicts are often press ganged, abused and beaten in rehabs in Peru. Again, as a team, we were able to give testimony – in particular I was asked to preach and I included my testimony. The men wanted to sing and did not want to leave at the end.
We visited a women's prison - many there are convicted of murder and drug dealing, again preaching, testimony and singing. Donald and Armond teamed up to sing and play.
Donalda stayed in Trujillo with her friend Milixa’s parents, Lucho and Vida, where she continued to minister, especially to single mums in a ghetto area, returning to the prison to minister again as eight of us headed for Taropoto to the jungle.
We met up with young American missionaries Michah and Amy Tuttle, and their five children who came from the same church in Oregon as Bert Elliot. Michah told me he was trained and mentored by a Scottish missionary from the Highlands who taught him to preach as well.
Michah visits 30 villages in the Jungle, evangelising and supporting the churches. A four hour boat trip up the Wajaga River took us to Yuimbayoc, the first village which we returned to a week later to minister. The Jungle experience was a blessing and very challenging, walking up to seven hours in fierce heat. We crossed a river twice on a trek taking time to swim and relax to cool off after Michah ( Iron Man!) scared off the stingrays and the piranhas. We visited four villages Leche, San Jose, Santa Rosillo and Yuimbayoc.
We were fed on jungle rodent ‘Majass’ which is much sought after in Peru. We had tents to sleep in. In the villages we were able to visit door to door, sit with families, distribute basic medicines, give testimony, share the gospel and pray, inviting them to the service in the evening. We took it in turns to give testimony and preach evangelistic messages. We were blessed to see people wanting Christ. We visited a village on the edge of the jungle on the way back, after we had a shower in the hot springs. There the Church are in partnership with Wycliffe and they have a radio station broadcasting 14 hours a day in many jungle languages. They have distributed solar powered radios to the villages, tuned only to the frequency of the station. We praise God and thank him for all He is doing in Peru.
The Jungle experience was a blessing and very challenging, walking up to seven hours in fierce heat.
We headed back to Lima where we met up with Donalda and we stayed at the SAM (South American Missions) Guest House. It was a privilege to meet up with so many others there. We thank God for His kindness to us in Peru we were again humbled by the love we received.