Events of May & June
Church Ministry News
We continue to assist the church Iglesia Bautista la Fe in Ate. As I continued to preach on Sunday nights at Iglesia Bautista la Fe, I began a series on I John. We also were able to help in the preparations for the special services held for Mother’s Day and for Father’s Day.
Since our time before returning to the States for our furlough was winding down and I was out of the books that I use for the evangelism course, I was not expecting to teach it again during this term. The Lord however had other plans. After a pastor requested that I teach the course, I was able to have a group that was coming from the States for a missions trip bring the materials that I needed. I began teaching the course on Saturday evenings in Iglesia Bautista Buenas Nuevas (Good News Baptist Church) towards the end of June, leaving just enough time to complete the course before our term ended.
School Ministry News
Since this school year I have not been working at LMCS, I have been able to work with a couple other schools as a consultant. I have observed teachers, met with administrators and spoken in chapels. One of the opportunities was to also speak to the parents of Monterrico Christian School giving them biblical advice on raising their children.
Working with missions teams
I was also able to help with a missions team that came to Lima on their senior trip. They came to work with a missionary couple that have been in Peru for just over a year. Since I had experience with bringing teams to Peru and because they were still learning Spanish, I was able to help them with some of the planning. I accompanied them to Cuzco as their translator where, in addition to sightseeing, we were able to hand out tracts and present the gospel.
Kris Blumer, the other missionary I was working with, knows no stranger. Even though he is still learning Spanish, that does not stop him from sharing the gospel. With both one our tour guides and a couple he met in a restaurant, he was able to give them tracts and begin talking to them about Christ. After talking to the couple, Kris called me over to present the gospel to them and answer their questions. They claimed to be Christians but admitted that their lives did not evidence it. It was encouraging to see the conviction in their faces especially in the wife as tears came into her eyes as she considered her true nature and need for the Savior. After talking to them for about thirty minutes and challenging them to make their calling and election sure, they thanked us profusely for taking the time to talk to them and indicated that we had just had a Divine appointment.
After returning to Lima, the team practiced and then were able to go into several small schools just outside of Lima in the area of Antioquia where we sang, performed a few skits, presented the gospel, handed out tracts and small gifts. In the afternoon, we hosted a soccer competition for the secondary students of the larger public school in the town of Espiritu Santo. After the competition and awarding some world-cup style soccer balls to the winners, we once again had the opportunity to present the gospel through song, skit and message.
I enjoyed the opportunity to work with the team as it reminded me of the times that I took teams to Peru when I was a secondary teacher in the States. Why don’t you pray that the Lord would lay a burden on your heart and then give you an opportunity to go on a mission’s trip next summer. Seeing what God can do through you and others can be very encouraging as you serve Him both in the States and around the world.