The pastor from the community that our team will be serving traveled to Huancayo in order to ride back with the material for the church we’re building. After the material was paid for and loaded, I noticed tears running down his cheek. I was a little surprised because he never seemed to be the emotional type. We were told that the pastor and the people in the community never really believed that people would actually pay for the material and travel to Peru just to help them. All the buildings here are adobe, and they say this is their first modern building because it’s brick. This project cost more money than they would ever make. You also have to keep in mind that we are the first foreigners to travel to this area in 70 years, and for many it is their first experience with North Americans, so it wasn’t until we actually bought the first load of material that they all believed we were going to do what we said we would do. I also found out that the pastor is nervous about speaking in front of our team. I said there is no reason to be nervous, and he then responded, “but I don’t have any formal training. Jeremiah 1:5 says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Acts 1:8 says “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” He is doing exactly what the Lord wants us to do. This pastor has stepped up and is sharing Christ in his community with no formal training. I won’t tell the pastor this, but I feel a little like he does. Nervous. Who am I to guide these people? It is not “I”, it is the LORD. It is true, if you think your not qualified, but are willing, God will qualify you.
There are about 20 churches within a few hours of this location, and none of the leaders have had training. The reason for building this church is not so they can have a building to worship in, because we all know you don’t need a building for this, but it is to build relationships. We mentioned to someone that we would like to start up a discipleship group in this area, and he said it would be a good idea. Pastors would come and many people in the community also. We will need to raise money in order to purchase the materials for this ministry, so if you feel led to help with the purchase of this material, please let us know. This is something that God could use to multiply and grow His church in spectacular ways.