Wonders in Peru

July 2007 marked a monumental historical event in Peru. Machu Picchu, "the Lost City of the Incas" was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Hundreds cheered and celebrated when the announcement was made worldwide from Lisbon, Portugal. Meanwhile, in remote regions of Peru and without any fanfare, indigenous missionaries are also witnessing wondrous events as they carry the gospel to unreached souls from the Andes Mountains to the jungles of the Amazon.

Witchcraft, alcoholism and idol worship are prevalent, but headhunters and cannibals have also been known to inhabit the land. Catholicism (mixed with ancient rituals and beliefs) was, and still is, an obstacle to the gospel. In the 1980s a communist movement in Peru, known as the Shining Path, turned to violence and its terrorists massacred countless citizens.

Earthquakes, drought, floods, mud slides, and rough terrain also make contact difficult. By the grace of God, however, the gospel is now being spread to under-evangelized native ethnic groups and some totally unreached inhabitants of the Amazon jungle by men like Marino Huatangare.

New Life Evangelistic Ministry (NLEM) was built upon this foundation of faith: "Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it;" Psalm 127:1. Beginning at first as a radio outreach in 1985, NLEM has grown into a full-time evangelistic ministry. Christian Aid donors have been assisting NLEM since then, as workers employ various strategies in reaching Quechuan and other unreached Peruvian tribes. Traveling by horseback, donkey or on foot, they hold week-long crusades in rural areas. Luz helps by weaving shoes and also conducts a mercy ministry during the crusade, where she distributes the food, clothing and medication collected for the poor who may attend these meetings.

The radio ministry is still functioning and broadcasts three times a week reaching areas where there is scant Christian activity. Many respond with questions and requests for teaching tapes, Bibles, and other Christian literature.

Help is also given for the elderly, who are provided with food, clothing, medication and Bibles. Poverty stricken children are receiving schooling with a Christian emphasis, and are given food, clothing, and school supplies. There are outreaches to families in crisis, where there is alcoholism, abuse, a lack of life's necessities and poverty in spirit.

While many celebrate the New Seven Wonders of the World, native missionaries in Peru rejoice over the expansion of His kingdom among their people.

He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted." Job 9:10