Our team of five from Southern Ontario went to Iquitos to finish building a church, do children’s ministry, prison ministry, and other good things.
Here are some Team Peru 2020 team member’s personal reflections:
Team Peru 2020 provided an amazing opportunity to meet God’s people face to face in their home communities. I was thrilled to be able to spend three days in the same poverty stricken area while the men built a fine church.
Playing with familiar little faces each day and developing relationships with precious children was so rewarding. Unexpected grins and smiles were heart warming!
I had the chance to address ladies who were serving time in prison. What joy to be able to hug individuals whose hearts I was able to touch through my message! Visiting the drug holes in Iquitos was a revelation, but the openness of the addicts to receive us into their realm and to ask for our prayers was so moving.
We experienced God’s love at work first hand.
Going to Peru with CMRC, definitely has changed my life. Having been on other missions trips to Haiti and Kenya, this one did stand out.
Working directly with and through local individuals and their ministries afforded our team and I unique opportunities. Opportunities that expanded and drew me out of my comfort to rely on Jesus. I was encouraged and emboldened to share my testimony on multiple occasions, including at the men’s and women’s prisons.
I was certainly intimidated at first, but so thankful to be able to share Christ’s hope that I so desperately needed as well. I really appreciated that our ‘group’, became a ‘team’ very quickly with good leadership and daily reflections.
Its so easy to be distracted nowadays, but there is nothing like stepping out in faith, serving for the Lord, and being in his presence. If you have not been on a short term missions trip, I would encourage you to start praying as these experiences last a lifetime and the investment will last forever.
~ Pray for Pastor Alcides Amias and the Missionary Evangelical Church of Prophecy in Iquitos whose church we just completed.
After the first site visit last fall he wondered if we would be back – he has been disappointed before.
Now with the new church building not only will it not flood, but the community has a gathering place for more than just regular Sunday services.