The Challenge of Spiritual Blindness in Peru
An alcoholic in northern Peru had heard about Jesus many times, and it didn’t seem to matter. His wife and kids were afraid to go near him, and it didn’t seem to matter.
Edgar kept drinking, and he kept yelling at them, sometimes hitting them. An indigenous missionary had visited his home in a village near Chiclayo, some 500 miles north of Lima, several times, explaining how Jesus had died for his sins. Once Edgar asked him why God didn’t just reveal Himself, if He were real, and the Christian worker said God had indeed revealed Himself: In John 14:9, Jesus says those who have seen Him have seen the Father; in Hebrews 1:3, Jesus is called the exact imprint of God’s nature.
It didn’t seem to matter.
“Edgar was addicted to alcohol and mistreated his wife,” the indigenous missionary said. “His marriage was broken and in tatters.”
“Edgar was 39 years old, addicted to alcohol and mistreated his wife,” the indigenous missionary said. “Due to that his marriage was broken and in tatters. I visited him at his home several times and shared the gospel.”
The indigenous ministry that trained the worker had taught him that prayer is the foundation of all outreach. The ministry leader and his congregation devote one day a month to prayer and fasting for the missionaries, the needs of Christians and the salvation of people in their communities and around the world.
When the leader visits the indigenous missionaries to encourage and teach them the Bible, he prays with them.
The leader and the evangelist believe that it was answer to prayer when Edgar’s eyes were finally opened to see that God had revealed Himself in Jesus. The missionary was sharing the gospel as he had before when Edgar opened his heart to trust in Jesus for forgiveness of his sin.
“I began to teach him the Bible, and now he is free from the bondage of alcoholism,” the indigenous missionary said. “His wife saw his life changed, and she also surrendered her life to Jesus. In addition, they opened their home for Bible studies so we can reach people in their neighborhood.”
In recent evangelistic campaigns in Chiclayo and nearby villages, 300 people put their faith in Christ. The ministry reaches out to communities through workers who rely on God to cover their basic living expenses.
“We thank God for your offerings and financial support toward our ministry and missionaries,” the leader said. “I and my coworkers are praying for our sponsors, Christian believers and for the American people in general.”
Please consider providing Christian workers the means to bring Christ’s love to hurting people.