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.

"We are realizing in new ways the truth of God´s Word," says a missionary.