Jesus tells this parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed. Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches.” Mattthew 13:31-32 (NIV)
God is moving powerfully through the Anglican Diocese of Peru! Join us in giving thanks and praise for new buildings, ministry, ordinations and new life in Christ. Your support of finances and prayer is bearing fruit.
Also to note, we are in the process of setting up an independent 501c3 for Amigos del Peru, and we look forward to letting you know in the coming months when the process has been completed. This is a new beginning to fund and resource the Anglican Diocese of Peru for its future.
Lima: Celebrating the New Shalom House!
Deacon Pat Blanchard (CMS/SAMS-GB) reports: “On Tuesday , July 27th, friends and invited guests attended the official inauguration ceremony for the new building for the Shalom church and therapy centre. The red and white awning, erected in the street signaled our celebration along with Peruvian Independence Day, July 28th. Children and adults performed songs, poems and dances, followed by Bishop Godfrey’s address and an official opening of the premises.”
Shalom House ministers to children with disabilities and their families in the Pamplona area of Lima. The new Shalom House represents a move from two rented properties to one single property owned and developed by Pat and the Diocese of Peru. Pat, a native of England, has served in Peru for over ten years.
Ica/Ayacucho – Zeal for the Gospel!
In 2007, through the generous donations from supporters, of Christ Church, Plano, in the United Stares, the Diocese of Peru brought relief and ministry to Ica following a devastating earthquake. Since then the Diocese has been developing new congregations through evangelism and pastoral visitation. In March 2010 the Diocese elected Fr. Mike Chapman to become the assistant bishop. His task is to open up and develop this area of Peru. Fr. Mike’s consecration is set for September 18th. Fr. Mike and his wife Linda arrived in July. They have been busy meeting and planning with the clergy and laity in the Ica area.
Bishop-elect Mike relates firsthand – “Shortly after arriving here in Lima, I met with the other members of the Ica-Ayacucho team who have been diligently working in the Central South region. The work has already expanded into the state of Huancvelica, which is due east of Lima. Work in the Ica are is flourishing! We have been preaching and teaching. Many children have attended, and several adults have received Jesus into their lives. We are blessed by the laborers and seeing the spread of the Gospel in the region. There is a zeal in Peru for the spreading of the Gospel, and a zeal to receive it.”
Arequipa: Ordinations to the Diaconate!
Luis Vizcarra and Juan Marcos Ayala were made deacons on Saturday, July 31 at Cristo Redentor, Arequipa.
Bishop Godfrey writes:
“Both ordinands have been trained in the Diocesan Seminary in Arequipa. Luis will continue to serve in the Mission Santa María Magdalena, Juliaca, and Juan Marcos in Mission San Lucas and Mission Santiago Apóstol, both in Arequipa.
Juan Marcos is perhaps better known to those who have visited Arequipa as the owner of the Hostal Paraiso, together with his wife Vicki, where visiting mission teams stay. He was converted during the visit of one of the first teams to visit Arequipa several years ago. For the past few months Juan Marcos has been ministering in Santiago Ap. and has drawn together a growing congregation.
These are the first Anglican ordinations in Arequipa and the first outside Lima. It was a very holy celebration, full of prayerful silence and yet life. The church was full and the two ordinands were clearly deeply moved. It was a beautiful time.
“On the Sunday – Deacon Juan Marcos was presented at San Lucas (8.30am Mass); four of the teens at Sagrada Familia were confirmed: Ronald, Katiuska, Arelis, and Lizbeth María.
Then a drive over to Juliaca – sandwiches on the way and seeing pink flamingos in the lagoons – for a baptism, confirmations and the presentation of Deacon Luis Alberto at the 6.30pm service. It was all lovely.”
Arequipa Casa Hogares Building Project! The Orphanages in Arequipa.
The Sagrada Familia orphanage (above) building project is set to go!
Bishop Godfrey writes: “I have been very concerned that we have good and trustworthy supervision of the project. Following my recent visit, I am confident that we have the right people in place, leaders who are committed to the project’s completion.
“The young people of Sagrada Familia Orphanage were all invited to the planning meeting when we went over the plans with the building contractor. According to him they will be in the first floor of bedrooms by Christmas! It is very good news indeed, and we are all so grateful for the practical and generous support of the Roof Dogs, of Christ Church, Plano. Thank you Roof Dogs for the excellent work you are doing for the the young children and the youth. The plans are excellent and mean that the project can go ahead with immediate effect.”
Gloria Johnson writes: “We were blessed to have Kym McDaniel (Christ Church, Plano) as a SAMS intern with us here in Arequipa for seven and a half weeks. She has been a member of the “Roof Dogs.” In addition to studying Spanish while here, she helped with teaching English to the children at the casas hogares.”
One Missionary ‘s Story
Colleen Dyble, has been serving as a SAMS/Five Talents International missionary in Lima, Perú, since July 2009. She has been invited by the Diocese of Perú to work with their micro-enterprise ministries and ministry partners. Colleen is ministering with an ecumenical Christian financial services non-profit (ECLOF-Perú) that reaches out to the poor in Ayacucho, Huancavelica, Juliaca, Lima and Puno.
Colleen believes deeply in poverty alleviation and economic development via entrepreneurship. Prior to moving to Lima, she spent eight years at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation where she worked to promote market-based solutions to poverty alleviation and economic growth by providing management training, financial resources, and contacts to think tank leaders around the world. Colleen is thrilled to have the opportunity to work on micro-enterprise projects in Peru and to be able to share the gospel while helping the poor build better futures- economically and spiritually.
Colleen writes: “I have had a year of adventures: suffering from altitude sickness at 12,000 feet in Huancavelica; sleeping under a mosquito net in 102 heat in the Amazon jungle among night bats, rats, tarantulas and other jungle creatures; eating cow-hearts and $1 meals prepared in questionable sanitary conditions in the shantytowns. While most people would be jumping on the next flight home, I am energized and ready to sign up for another year!
“Why? Because I have seen, first hand, how small loans and training are providing a ‘hand-up not a hand-out’ to vulnerable and disadvantage people across Perú. Most importantly, this becomes a place to build trust, which can be hard to find in the shanty towns. Being part of this is a privilege, why would I want to leave?”
The ministry in Peru is bearing fruit. We are so thankful for the generosity of those in North America and England. This generosity makes possible what God is doing in Peru. In 1998, there were just 4 Peruvian priests and 1 deacon looking after 9 congregations, with the help of two ordained missionaries from overseas. Currently, Anglicans gather in 55 worshiping communities, led by 26 priests, 10 deacons and 23 lay ministers. About 23 students attend our seminary, preparing for ministry.
St Paul writes of this generosity:
He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God. … Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift! (1 Corinthians 9:10-12, 15 ESV)