Mission: Peru 2012
By Jordan Rowley
Climbing For Christ spiritual coordinator
Sunday, July 29
Forty-eight hours after leaving Huaraz, Peru, my brother Justin and I finally arrived in Rochester, NY, USA. After our flight from Newark, NJ was cancelled, we decided to make the six-hour drive to Rochester. In spite of all of the bumps and detours throughout this mission, we joyfully reflect on all of the wonderful things that God accomplished during our time in Peru, and look forward to hearing how the Lord continues to work through brother Jaime and our C4C Peru members and friends. Until next time!
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” — Ephesians 2:10 (NKJV)
Friday, July 27
EDITOR'S NOTE: U.S. team members Jordan and Justin Rowley are traveling back to the United States, marking the end of this short-term mission. Missionary Jaime Servat and our Peruvian members will carry on the work in-country.
Thursday, July 26
Late last night we enjoyed a sweet time of fellowship at Allison’s house with her mother Taina and grandparents, Teresa and Eleazar. We gave the family a number of gifts, sent with love from the United States. They could not stop thanking Jaime, Justin, me, the Fallesens and the ministry of Climbing For Christ. We all gave God thanks and praise for these special relationships that He has established.
Early this morning Jaime and I met with a promising young Christian leader named Ivan. We gave him a study Bible, encouraged him in the faith, and prayed over him. After our time with Ivan, we met with Pastor Isabel, who leads Chalhua’s only evangelical church. We talked about the possible church building that was discussed last year. We told her that many have been praying about it, and we have asked for support to build a church in Chalhua, but we are still waiting on the Lord’s timing and will. Only God knows if or when He will provide a building. Jaime and I then encouraged Pastor Isabel to continue to wait on the Lord and to trust in Him because His way is always the best way. After discussing the church, we gave her a study Bible and prayed for her and the church.
Before leaving Chalhua we met with Taina and Teresa at Allison’s school to say good-bye. We pray that the Lord continues to bless this family and the relationships that have been established.
The team arrived safe and sound in Huaraz after about a five-hour drive through the bumpy, winding mountain roads from Chalhua. We look forward to making the day-long journey to Lima airport tomorrow, although we know it will be bittersweet to say good-bye to our brothers, sisters, and friends.
— 7:15 p.m. local time
Wednesday, July 25
We traveled from Chilcabamba to Chalhua, where it was a joy to reconnect with Pastor Isabel as well as our precious Allison and her family. We spent much of the day in Machco, a neighboring village, where we invited many people to watch the Jesus film. We also had many opportunities to pray with a number of the people.
After we trekked back to Chalhua, we received word that Allison’s mother, who has epilepsy, just had a seizure. So the team divided into two groups: Justin, Franklin and Juan went to spread the Word throughout Chalhua, while Jaime and I went to visit and pray over Taina. Taina is very frustrated with her situation and how it affects her family. Please join us in praying for the Lord to minister to and heal Taina.
In the evening, we presented our team’s last showing of the Jesus film. About 40 people came to see the movie, many of whom prayed to receive Jesus as their Savior. The Jesus film has been a wonderful complement to our daytime outreach and Bible distributions. Many of the people cannot read; others are not able to attend a Christian church, so to be able to present a movie about the life and teachings of Jesus is a huge blessing. We give God thanks for all of the souls who have been touched during our Jesus film presentations.
“Oh, give thanks to the LORD! Call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples! Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him; Talk of all His wondrous works! Glory in His holy name; Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the LORD!” — Psalm 105:1-3 (NKJV)
— 11 p.m. local time
Tuesday, July 24
Today was amazing! We began by visiting with a family that Jaime had met and ministered to on his last visit to Chilcabamba. The grandmother of this family received Jesus as her Savior after we shared the Gospel with her.
Later, we met up with Carmina, who took us to a neighboring village called Carhuaeara. We trekked for about one hour under the scorching mid-day sun. There we met and prayed with a handful of the town’s 11 Christians. After we trekked back to Chilcabamba, Justin and the others began setting up for our Jesus film presentation while Jaime, Carmina and I went to visit a local elderly Christian woman named Feliciana, who was asking for prayer. Feliciana was very sore all over her body and also suffered from bad dreams. We anointed her with oil and prayed over her.
In the evening, many people began arriving for the film. We ended up having about 60 people in attendance. Many of the people prayed for salvation after the movie. We then handed out Bibles and gave snacks to the children. God moved in a huge way in Chilcabamba and Carhuaeara, and it was a great privilege to be a part of it.
“And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them…” — Mark 16:20 (NKJV)
— 11:30 p.m. local time
Monday, July 23
Before breakfast this morning in Coihuairanan, Jaime introduced me to a 12-year-old boy named Diego. We shared the Gospel with him and he was ready to receive the Lord. What a blessed way to start the day!
We then broke down our camp and headed to Chilcabamba, which is a village Jaime visited a few months ago. We reestablished several contacts and made some new ones as well. One of those original contacts was a Christian woman named Carmina. She is one of a handful of Christians in the village. (But we hope to change that and add to her number.) As we were talking to Carmina we learned that she and her children often walk 3 hours to the nearest Christian church. She asked us to speak with her husband, who was an unbeliever. After about 45 minutes of sharing the Gospel with him, he prayed to the Lord for salvation. We then went inside their home, prayed and sang worship songs.
“And Jesus said to him, ‘Today salvation has come to this house…’ ” — Luke 19:9 (NKVJ)
— 10:30 p.m. local time
Sunday, July 22
We had a very fruitful time of encouragement with the new believers in Hierbabuena this morning. Each of them were given Gospel of John study guides to help them grow in God’s Word.
After our time with the new believers we trekked to the village of Coihuairanan. We shared the Gospel with several of the mountain farmers there. We also prayed over a young man who was suffering from epilepsy as well as an elderly woman who had very bad arthritis. There were many God moments throughout the day, and we were blessed to build a number of strong relationships.
In the evening we showed the Jesus film to many of the people of Coihuairanan. When the film concluded the Gospel was presented and about 25 souls prayed to receive salvation. We then handed out Bibles to those who did not have one. Afterward we enjoyed a sweet time of fellowship with hot tea on a very cold night.
On Monday, we are heading for Chilcabamba. It’s difficult building relationships and then moving on so quickly, but we know that God has called us to make the most of our time here and reach out to many villages. Plus, we know that Jaime will be back soon to help our new brothers and sisters grow in the Lord.
— 11:20 p.m. local time
Saturday, July 21
Today we made the journey from Huaraz to Hierbabuena, in the Cordillera Blanca range. We brought with us two borrowed DVD players along with the rest of our equipment for showing the Jesus film. After we (very prayerfully) set up for the movie, many people began arriving. We opened with worship and then watched the Jesus film under the stars. It was a beautiful sight to see. So many faces intently glued to the screen.
After the film, about 10 people prayed to receive salvation through Christ. We gave them Bibles and encouraged them to grow closer to the Lord every day.
Our evening ended sooner than we would have liked, due to the cold, so we decided to meet with the new believers in the morning. Praise the Lord for all He has done, is doing, and has yet to do!
“And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.” — Acts 2:47 (NKJV)
Friday, July 20
This morning we packed up and headed back to Huaraz from Antacocha. As we traveled through many charming villages we saw a number of the people harvesting and threshing their wheat. I couldn’t help but think of the abundant harvest that God is reaping in the mountains of Peru. Not only while we are here, but throughout the year through our missionary to Peru, Jaime.
As we lift our eyes we see that the fields in Peru are truly white for the harvest. Many souls are hungry for the bread of life and thirsting for His living water. Many souls are ready to believe and grow in the Gospel. However, as plentiful as the harvest is in the mountains of Peru and as wonderful as it is to be a part of the reaping, it’s also very sad to see that the laborers are few indeed. We can only imagine the eternal impact that could be made if more were willing to go or if more were willing to support people like Jaime.
“ ‘Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.’ ” — Jesus speaking in Matthew 9:38 (NKJV)
— 6:10 p.m. local time
Thursday, July 19
This morning as we were preparing to head for Ranraucro we took a few minutes to visit with one of our team member's friends, Pedro. We learned when Pedro was a young man he struggled with alcohol, gangs and fighting. We were blessed to share the Gospel with him and then prayed with him to recommit his life to Christ. (Please pray that Pedro continues to call upon the name of the Lord for victory over his struggles.)
After an hour-long drive we arrived at the beautiful Antacocha Lagoon, which is serving as our first camp. We then set off on foot to Ranraucro. Trekking through the Cordillera Negro Range, at about 12,000 feet, we were blessed with many ministry opportunities. We prayed for God’s healing for many of the mountain farmers, who frequently suffer from things like injury, arthritis, poor eyesight, and so on. We were also blessed to be a part of bringing many souls to salvation!
In the evening, we planned on showing the Jesus film in the home of one of the local farmers, whom we had prayed over for healing and salvation earlier in the day. However, as we were preparing the electronics the DVD player broke with smoke filling the room. My heart sank. But, instead of showing the Jesus film, we had a blessed evening of worship and the Word. After that, we trekked for about one hour through the dark back to our camp at Antacocha.
We give God the glory for all of the work that was accomplished for His kingdom, and we also give God praise and thanks for every challenge along the way.
“Oh, sing to the Lord a new song! For He has done marvelous things; His right hand and His holy arm have gained Him the victory. The Lord has made known His salvation; His righteousness He has revealed in the sight of the nations.” — Psalm 98:1-2 (NKJV)
— 11 p.m. local time
Wednesday, July 18
To acclimatize, Edwin chose a simple trek around Willkacocha, which is Quechua for “Grandson’s lake.” At about 11,000 feet we enjoyed the fellowship and the view of the breathtaking Cordillera Blanca range of Peru’s Andes mountains.
We saved our devotional for our time at Willkacocha to talk about God’s wonderful plans for the next few days. We referred to Acts 5:39, which says, “but if it is of God you, cannot overthrow it — lest you even be found to fight against God.” We know that bringing the Good News into the mountains of Peru is of God so we move forward in confidence that no man, woman, principality, power or ruler of the darkness of this age can thwart God’s plan of preaching the love and truth of our Gospel to all people God places in our path. Gloria dios!
— 8 p.m. local time
Tuesday, July 17
This morning Jaime introduced us to Pastor Cesar, a man who has passionately devoted his life to following Jesus. We were blessed to learn Pastor Cesar’s testimony and how God is using him for His glory. After the team gathered around and prayed for him, Pastor Cesar decided to join our team today as we headed into the mountains. We are glad to have him join us. We know that God moved him to be a part of this team for a good purpose.
After our time of prayer we went to the Bible League of Peru, where thanks to the Lord’s gracious provision we were able to buy 5 study Bibles for village pastors or leaders as well as 50 regular Bibles to hand out as we do our daytime outreach and Jesus film presentations. The Bible League of Peru also donated 50 Gospel of John study guides.
After purchasing the Bibles, we set out on what would be a 7-hour drive from Lima to Huaraz. Upon our arrival at the Blessed Relief Hotel, we were greeted by brother Edwin, Climbing For Christ’s sponsored climber in Peru, and a few other C4C friends. Praise God for a wonderful day filled with many blessings.
“John answered and said, ‘A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven.’” — John 3:27 (NKJV)
— 11:10 p.m. local time
Monday, July 16
“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” — Psalm 133:1 (NKJV)
Amen! After a full day of travel from Rochester, NY through Newark, NJ and finally to Lima, Peru, we are excited to be united with three of our brothers from last year’s mission to Peru. Jaime, C4C’s missionary to Peru, along with Franklin and Juan gave us a very warm welcome at the airport. We give thanks to the Lord for getting us to Lima safely, reuniting us with three of our beloved brothers, and for the work He has in store for us.
— 12:31 a.m. (local time) Tuesday
One Christian once said, “The Gospel is only Good News if it gets there in time.” But what does this “Good News” become if it doesn’t reach a soul in time? One devotional that’s often used during our missions refers to it as the “could have been Good News.” The Gospel that doesn’t “get there in time” becomes a message of truth and love that could have brought salvation to a soul. God is passionate about getting His Gospel out to all people of all nations! He wants the lost to hear about and understand their need for His love, His grace and His mercy through His Son in their lives.
Since our initial expedition to Peru in May 2011, God’s work has continued to go on. Jaime Servat (Climbing For Christ’s missionary to Peru) has worked tirelessly to preach the Good News in the remote areas of the Andes Mountains and to reach out to as many lost souls as possible. Our goal is to join in the harvest in a few of those villages, where we will pray and search for opportunities to witness to the lost, encourage our brethren, and bring glory to our great God through all that we do.