This month we hosted our biggest team yet -- 134 people! -- a team of high school seniors and their leaders from the Atlanta, GA area. We could not have done it without our team of 28 wonderful translators and staff and 20+ guides from our local partner churches.
It was amazing to see God at work in the smallest of details on such a large trip. We heard story after story of "divine appointments" -- where people felt like God had put them in the right place at the right time to encourage someone, pray with them, or receive encouragement themselves.
We are in awe of how God can use a trip like this to bless so many people. Only He could orchestrate something so beautiful out of so many people coming together: Peruvians and Americans, youth and adults, Christ-followers and seekers, English-speakers and Spanish-speakers.
Youth on the team shared the Gospel message with children, youth, and adults in different opportunities all over Huaycán and Santa Clara, and many people made the decision to follow Christ. Meanwhile, at least 11 students on the mission team also made the personal decision to follow Christ with their lives. Praise God!
Students shared how God was stretching them and helping them to grow through their experiences in Peru; translators also shared how serving in different community ministries was taking them out of their comfort zone and causing them to rely on God more. Amen!
We know that God doesn't need us for anything. He can change people's hearts and change entire communities without anything from us. Knowing this, we are humbled that he allows us to be a part of what He is doing!
Please continue to pray for the communities of Huaycán and Santa Clara. Pray that the seeds that were planted with this team will continue to grow and produce fruits!!
For pictures of this trip, see our Facebook page here. For an awesome video created by Austin, the church's photographer and videographer, click here.
We have had the privilege of serving in Peru since 2003. We partner with four different ministries throughout Peru: two in the Lima area, one in the Andes mountains, and one in the Amazon jungle.