Mission & Vision

 There is a great hunger and need of the true Gospel in Peru. Although, it is considered a “reached” country, there is still a lot of immorality and corruption in nearly every city. The high crime rate in Peru is a major indication that much of the country is still in spiritual darkness, and most of the people are lost and are in great need of Jesus Christ. Most of the Peruvians are born and raised Catholic. Many of them have never heard about Jesus Christ or the Gospel. There is a lot of false doctrine taught in Peru such as Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Seventh Day Adventism and the prosperity gospel. Therefore, many of the people have been deceived by this false teaching and don’t know the true Gospel because few people have told them. They are simply believing and practicing the only thing that they know. The people in Chiclayo are no different, because they too need to hear the true Gospel. My family and I strongly believe that God wants us to help meet that spiritual need.
For “Whoever will call on the name of the LORD will be saved.” How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring Good News of Good Things!”  Romans 10:13-15
Shortly after we got to Peru, we met a man at a church who told us about someone who had Parkinson’s disease who wanted to have a Bible study in his home. There was no one else willing to go and have a Bible study with him. The man’s name is Filadelfo, and he lives in a very poor, often dangerous suburb of Chiclayo called “San Sebastian”. After praying about it for a while, we began a Bible study called “The Good News of Jesus”, a seven-lesson Bible study from the book of Matthew, at his home and led it every Wednesday afternoon. At first, Filadelfo was the only person attending the Bible study, but a few weeks later, his mother and another lady named Maria (a.k.a. Vicky) started coming. As soon as we completed the Good News Bible study, Maria accepted Jesus Christ and became a Christian. Later, we began a new Bible study called “A New Life in Christ” and started leading it every Thursday afternoon at Maria’s home. Eventually over a period of many weeks, some more people started attending the Bible studies. After we completed the New Life Bible study, we began teaching them different topics from the Bible each week. Many of them were either baby Christians or those who had not yet received Jesus.
About a month after an historic flood in early February of 2017, we organized an Operation Christmas Shoebox event in San Sebastian, our primary mission area. Over 80 children came, participated, and received Christmas shoeboxes that had came from the U.S.A. We then followed up by leading a new children’s Bible study called “The Great Adventure” which was a twelve lesson Bible study that lasted about two or three months. About half the children (40) who originally came to the Operation Christmas Shoebox event returned for the Bible study. Many received Jesus Christ and became Christians over the course of the Bible study particularly on Easter Sunday of 2017. After we completed the Great Adventure Bible study, we held a graduation ceremony for those who attended every lesson and gave them Bibles and certificates. Many parents attended the event, and we had the privilege to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ to them while they were there. Most of them probably never heard it before or were deceived by many false teachers who came to the area. In the near future, we are hoping and praying to plant a small church in San Sebastian, and many of these same children and parents will become part of the children’s and adult ministry there.
One day while we were looking for someone to print some books that we would later need for our ministry, we met a man named Pedro, who we discovered is the president of the Baptist Association in Lambeyeque, the district where Chiclayo is located. A week or two later, he invited us to his home and asked us if we would be interested in starting a children’s ministry at a small church called “Iglesia Evangelica Bautista- Jesus el Salvador” that had no children’s ministry. At the time, there was only one or two small children attending the church, but they did not belong to any children’s ministry. After thinking and praying about it, my wife and I agreed to help. To help attract more children, we organized a chocolatada about a week before Christmas of 2016. A “chocolatada” is an event held around Christmas for poor or needy children in various areas. Many churches in Peru organize such events, but no one ever held one in this particular area before. This was also the first one in our ministry. About 30 children attended the chocolatada, and many of them joined the children’s ministry at the church. Vanessa taught the chidren Sunday school each Sunday morning while I assisted her. We did this for nearly six months, and over time, the number of children attending the children’s ministry increased to twenty. After praying about it, we felt God leading us away from the ministry and turned it over to the church. However, before we left, we trained some other ladies to continue the work. The children’s ministry has been prospering ever since thanks to God!
A few months before we went to Peru, we were invited to attend a seminar in Mandeville, LA called “Pioneer Evangelism”. It was taught by a man and his wife named Thomas and Barbara Akins. My wife and I learned a great deal of valuable information about missions from the seminar that greatly helped us in our ministry. We learned things that we did not know before such as how to introduce the Gospel through Bible studies, how to make disciples the way Jesus did, how to start a church, and how to strengthen an existing church. Shortly after we got to Peru, we contacted Bro. Thomas and asked him if he would be interested in teaching a seminar in Chiclayo Peru like the one that we attended in Mandeville. He agreed, and he and his wife came to Peru at the end of June 2017 and taught a P.E. Conference in Chiclayo. About 150 adults and 25 youth attended the conference. It greatly helped them in their ministries and impacted their lives. Like us, they learned many things that they never knew before. Thomas and Barbara returned to teach another conference in another city later the same year and three more conferences early this year (2018). We were blessed to help and be part of the P.E. Conferences. Sometime in 2019, they plan to go to the jungle in Peru, and we may have the opportunity to participate if God allows.

Pedro, the same man who asked us to start the children’s ministry at the church, asked us if we would be interested in starting a new Bible study in a village called “Callanca”. Callanca is a small town located several miles outside Chiclayo in a poor, country-like area. After praying about it, we agreed and started a new Bible study at a family’s home and led it every Sunday afternoon. About ten people attended the Bible study, and many of them belonged to the same family. When we completed the first Bible study, we presented the Gospel to them, and a lady named “Gregoria” received Jesus and became a Christian! Then, we started a new Bible study and taught it for several more weeks. We taught them different topics from the Bible that we felt they needed to know because they were primarily new believers. The Bible studies have greatly helped them in their spiritual lives, and they have learned more about God and Jesus Christ as a result.

In mid August of 2017, Vanessa and some ladies from Iglesia Bautista Emanuel started a women’s Bible study in San Sebastian at the exact place where we taught the Great Adventure Bible study for children. They have been leading the Bible study every Friday afternoon, and 5-15 women have been attending and participating. They taught the Good News Bible study and also have been teaching them arts and crafts designed specially for women. After they completed the Good News Bible study, they started a new Bible study. Many of the ladies who attend the Bible studies accepted and received Jesus. In March 2018, Vanessa and our helpers started a children’s ministry and lead it at the same time as the lady’s Bible study on Fridays. We are praying that this will eventually grow into a church in San Sebasatian.
In mid-February of this year (2018), we organized VBS in San Sebastian. The theme was “Observadores Galacticos” which was Galactic Starveyors in English. It was the same theme that many Baptist churches used in the U.S. last summer. About 50 children attended and participated in the VBS. Many of them accepted Jesus during the week! Many mothers came on the last day of VBS. We followed up by starting a children’s ministry in San Sebastian, and many of the children who attended the VBS became part of it! We are leading the ministry each Friday afternoon.
On Resurrection Sunday of this year (2018), I had the privilege to baptize two ladies who got saved from San Sebastian- Maria and Fanny. I performed the baptism at a river off a major highway in Callanca, the same town where we have the Sunday Bible study. About 10-15 people came and witnessed the baptism. Every person who was driving down the highway also witnessed the baptisms. Therefore, there were many witnesses there that day! Maria and Fanny will become our first two baptized believers who will help initiate our first small church in San Sebastian. Hopefully, either we can acquire property to build a church or find a building somewhere in San Sebastian in the near future.
And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in Heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”  Matthew 28:18-20
Jesus Christ set the perfect example for us to follow as Christians, and my family intends to follow that example. There is a lot of work to be done as we started practically from scratch. With the Holy Spirit’s help, we want to help as many people as we can come to know Jesus and His life changing message of salvation. We pray that we will make a long lasting impact on the future generations to come in Jesus’ name.