365 Days…8,760 Hours…in Peru
It is hard to believe that today is July 4, which means one year ago today, I followed the Lord’s call to Peru! At times it feels like yesterday, and at other times it feels as though I’ve always been here. I am truly blessed to be here in Peru doing what the Lord has called me to do – “…and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth,” Acts 1:8.
In my Jerusalem, the Jackson, MS area, my witness was to those with whom I worked, leaving my teaching career to follow Him; to those with whom I went to church, being an example of stepping out in faith; to those in my home, showing that answering His call is the most important decision that I can ever make.
In my Judaea, Mississppi and Tennessee, my witness was to those with whom I shared the ministry here in Peru, as I asked for prayer and financial support while again stepping out in faith and demonstrating answering His call.
In my Samaria, my witness was in prayer letters and hrt4Peru newsletters being sent all over the United States, Canada, and Europe, again stepping out in faith and demonstrating answering His call to share the Gospel.
In my “to the end of the earth,” the Lord provided opportunities to share in 8 different cities within Peru, opportunities to share His Word on flights and bus rides, and the opportunity to teach/counsel/share at a women’s camp.
During a recent “Ministry Review,” I was asked to provide a list of the “results, victories, and challenges” of this past year. As my prayer and financial partners, I thought you might want to see what you’ve been a part of.
Results: Personally have led 3 young people to the Lord; had 8 women accept Christ during women’s camp where I taught and 9 children accept Christ during VBS; have counseled 20-25 women and 6 young ladies; have mentored 3 young ladies and 1 adult lady. Children’s church has grown from 5 to 12, with “burst days” of up to 40. The youth nights that I’ve been a part of have averaged 25 young people, which is up from 20. The church attendance, although I can’t take much credit for since I am not a preacher, has grown from 15 on Sunday mornings to 28 and from 10 on Sunday nights to 25.
Victories: I’m becoming more confident in speaking to strangers in Spanish, can now travel on my own, and teach Sunday School to the children without a translator. And, having the ability to mentor and counsel on my own has been a victory as well.
Challenges: Language, language, language!! The other challenge is still not receiving full support yet.
Thank you, each of you, who faithfully prays for and/or faithfully gives to the ministry.
In the next 3 weeks or so, a friend will be mailing letters out to churches in the US in TX (Dallas and San Antonio areas), LA, MS, AL, GA, FL, TN, KY, NC, SC, and VA for me, requesting time to share about the ministry in these states. If you attend church or have contacts in these states and you think that the church would be willing to allow me time to share about the ministry here in Peru, please contact me with the name and city of the church and the pastor’s name.
The dates that I will be in each area:
**Dallas & San Antonio: November 21- 24 & February 26-27.
**Louisiana, Mississippi, Southern Alabama, and Florida Panhandle: November 25 – December 15, December 30 – January 18, & February 23 – 25.
**Florida (other than panhandle area): December 16-29
**Northern Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, & Virginia: January 27 – February 22.
Through the ministry of Macedonian Call Foundation of Mississippi, I am thankful that I will be able to rent a car for the majority of the time that I am in the US at a highly discounted rate, thus allowing me to visit additional churches.