Reaping a Bountiful Harvest in Peru
December 18, 2012
As we near the end of 2012, it is time to pause and reflect on all the Lord has done this year through missionaries in Peru.
Local missionaries are preparing a place for a future mission base and several interesting developments were made and obstacles overcome.
"Early last month our faith in God’s sovereign control was tested," says one missionary, "when a Christian leader in Atalaya called to inform us that land squatters were invading the land that we have there for our ministry’s future missionary base. We turned to God in prayer and were assured that He would defend what is His. The next day, two leaders of our ministry made a hurried trip to Atalaya to see what legal action could be taken, but when they arrived they found that police had already chased away the intruders."
Later in the month, two missionaries returned to Atalaya and spent a week clearing tall grass growing on part of the land to prepare for a house that is to be built there. Several Christians in the town have expressed an interest in helping protect and develop this future missionary base, realizing that it will facilitate missionary work among several needy tribes in the region.
"Please continue praying for the Atalaya Project, that God’s purposes be fulfilled there," says a local missionary. "We believe that God’s time has come for developing a base there, so we are preparing for what we expect Him to provide."
In November, indigenous missionaries taught two missions-related courses to 20 Ashaninka workers at a Bible institute in Mazamari in the central jungle region of Peru. This is the third time that missionaries have taught Ashaninka workers in Mazamari, seeking to form future tribal missionaries. Soon, missionaries will meet with Yanesha Christian leaders to organize the Bible institute which they have been requesting.
Earlier this month experienced missionaries led a training seminar for local missionaries, teaching them how to improve their strategies for tribal work. Because of special funds that were provided, most of the Segadores missionaries (18 in all) were able to meet at the Training Center outside Lima for five days of instruction and reflection.
"We and our coworkers are grateful to God for making this seminar possible because He used it to open our perspective on many matters," says one missionary. "Now we have the challenge of what changes to make in order that we might be more effective in God’s service."
In the near future, one missionary leader will be teaching in an important training program, called "Misión a Bordo." Mission on Board takes missionary candidates and church leaders by boat to a native, rural village for four days, where they observe another culture. The trainees study the challenges of tribal ministry and how to get their local church involved in missions. The training, which is organized by a Peruvian missionary network, has had a huge impact, calling many people to missionary work and giving others a deep burden for this kind of ministry.
Next month local missionaries will be carrying out a similar activity, taking a small group of Christian leaders by land from Lima to an Ashaninka village in Central Peru.
"We are realizing in new ways the truth of God’s Word," says a missionary.
"For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts," Isaiah 55:9.