Jesus said in Mark 16:15, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation,” which includes go and preach to those who are lost in the Chanchamayo district, specifically San Ramón, Peru, where approximately 95% of the people are non-believers. Hrt4Peru has joined with Peruvian Pastor Jorge Sipion and his wife Charo in their local Baptist church, Jesucristo El Señor Church, where I am an affiliate missionary with Light for Living Ministries.
When Jesus came to the earth over 2,000 years ago, He came to “seek and to save that which was lost”. I am commanded by the Gospel to seek out those who are lost and impart to them the good news of Jesus Christ. The Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 4:3, “But if our Gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost”. What we see in San Ramón are people blinded to the Truth.
My heart for missions began when I was in high school. I majored in missions (Bible) at Pensacola Christian College and even went on a couple of missions trips over the years (Ivory Coast and Romania), but I knew that my mission field was somewhere else. During my daughter’s junior year (2014) in high school, my daughter and I discussed the possibility of us doing a mission trip together. I contacted a college friend (Candy Surrett) who grew up as a missionary kid in Perú about the possibility of going with her. Through prayer the Lord confirmed that we should go and serve through Hope for Women Ministries. That summer we joined with several different churches, serving by sharing our testimonies and teaching at women’s conferences. I absolutely fell in love with the people, the country, the need, the “all” of Perú. I firmly believe that the Lord has placed a burden on my heart to return. The Lord allowed me to return to Peru the next three summers (2015, 2016, and 2017), and again serve the women, teens, and children in several different cities. The Lord affirmed the call to Perú and placed San Ramón on my heart.
For years, because of my divorce, I believed that the Lord was done with me. He has actually shown me that He wants to use my past to bring others to Him. There are many women who are hurting and who need His love. I am thankful that He uses broken vessels. I am blessed that He has turned my mess into a message for Him.
The primary ministries of hrt4Peru are teaching/mentoring women, teens, and children.
Additionally, God has given hrt4Peru a vision for Refugio de Vida – Life Refuge. This refuge will encompass a children’s home to love, nurture and care for children displaced by abandonment, death, sexual or physical abuse. The women’s shelter will assist women who have suffered death (widows), divorce, sexual or physical abuse and allow them time to heal. There will also be a local Baptist church and a Christian camp on the grounds as well. The land has been purchased and cleared; construction will proceed as funds are provided.
Sending Church Information: I have been sent from my home church, Country Woods Baptist Church in Byram, MS, and am an affiliate missionary with Light for Living, Inc., who serves as my mission board. If you or your church are interested in supporting hrt4Peru or Refugio de Vida – Life Refuge, please click on the button below (Send Stephanie a Blessing Today!) or send an email to stephanie@hrt4Peru.org.
I trust you will find this website helpful as you keep my ministry in your prayers. Thank you so much for your interest in hrt4Peru’s ministry to San Ramón, Perú.