Eager for Growth in Lima, Peru
Walter Isse is a native of Argentina, but is currently serving as a HeartCry Missionary in Peru. His primary responsibility is working alongside David Silva to raise up a work in Lima, Peru.
I sincerely hope that this report finds you all growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ and that your lives are abundantly filled in Him.
This new year finds us desiring as a church to know and obey the will of God in humility. We are all devoting ourselves to prayer and desiring for the church here to move forward in a way that encourages all the believers to serve and work for the Lord according to our gifts. For the Lord has given gifts through His Spirit to each of us for the building up of the Body of Christ, His Church. In order for this to happen, we are depending upon the supernatural work of our God, who equips us by giving us grace to fulfill such a calling. We understand that separate from Christ we can do nothing. We pray that together, as brothers and sisters, we might attain the full assurance of understanding of who Christ is and what He has done, so that by His mercy we might grow as a church in service to Him.
The Lord has been very good to us recently. Over the past few months, He has added some new brothers and sisters to our congregation. Some time ago, the Lord brought a precious family to us through a very painful experience in their lives. The little three-year old daughter of this family suffers from a degenerative disease that affects her motor skills. The sickness has left her paralyzed from the neck down, and she is now dependent on a breathing machine. However, the Lord has used this traumatic experience to bring this family to Himself, enabling them to see their own impotence in the midst of such circumstances. They have surrendered to Christ, repenting of their sins and trusting in Him for salvation. Their testimony of faith and patience in the Lord encourages us deeply and leads us to give glory to our good God for His infinite mercy. According to the doctors, their daughter does not have long to live; but we know that the only determining factor in the life of this child is the sovereign will of our Father, in whose hands rests the life of every man. Please pray for this family, that they might grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ, knowing that the work God has begun in them He will continue to perfect until the day of the coming of our Lord Jesus.
During this current year, we have many challenges and opportunities of which we want to take advantage. We want to grow in each area of our lives and be good stewards of the things that the Lord has entrusted to us. We want to continue focusing on the care of the life of every brother and sister in the congregation, and we desire to see significant advances in each individual. With all of my heart, I desire personally to grow in the knowledge of Jesus Christ, abounding in Him in everything and drawing nearer to Him each day. Here are some specific areas in which we would like to see significant improvements as a congregation:
- To grow in individual discipleship, with a special emphasis on preparing believers for the work of the ministry.
- To grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus that we might all attain to the full stature of a mature man, to the fullness of Christ.
- To grow in evangelism individually and collectively, proclaiming the Gospel in the church building, in houses, and on the streets, as the opportunity arises.
- To make use of every biblical means in order to spread the Gospel of Christ.
- To grow individually and collectively in reliance upon God through prayer, encouraging the brothers and sisters in the church to meet together and persevere in prayer.
- To grow in love for others, knowing that this is the most visible distinguishing mark that we are truly disciples of Christ.
Looking back on 2013, I can see how the Lord has carried us through great deserts. I can see that He has tried us in ways that have shown us that only His grace and faithfulness are able to sustain us. Our great God has placed us in difficult situations in order that we might see that He alone is able to uphold us. If it were not for the grace of God, we would have been overcome by every trial. Yet, in our most needy moments, we have found that the answer is always to have more of Christ. He has been our fortress, and His Word our refuge. His promises have led us, and the glorious hope that we have in Him has sustained us and enabled us to persevere. We recognize that apart from Him we are nothing and we can do nothing. We are vitally united to Him, and our strength is dependent upon our abiding in Him. His Name and His glory are the joy of our heart.
May the grace, mercy, and peace of God and of our Lord Jesus be with each of you! ?