Jose Luis is the co-pastor of “Jesus es la Puerta” (Jesus is the Door) Baptist Church, Sullana, Peru. He also teaches and leads the theological education by extension in several rural locations.
Beloved brothers and sisters: I thank God for the way He has used each of you in the extension of the kingdom of God in all the world. Your prayers, donations, and love for God’s work have caused the gospel to run forward in our country. Churches have been edified, missionaries have been supported in order to devote themselves to the ministry, laborers have been equipped, missionaries and their families have been attended to when they were sick, pastors have received constant biblical training, and church buildings have been constructed and improved upon. There have been many accomplished here over the years.
I want to give a report of the different areas that HeartCry has been present and in which we have been supported.
One of the ways that I have seen HeartCry help the work in Peru is in the construction and improvement of church buildings where the people of God meet. Our building in Mallaritos was constructed in part through the support of HeartCry. Other church buildings in Sullana were improved upon through the donations that HeartCry kindly gave. It is certain, beloved brothers and sisters, that your offerings have made these construction projects possible.
HeartCry has also supported us with pastoral libraries, as well as libraries for local churches. Personally, I have benefited from books that HeartCry generously donated to me in order to deepen my understanding of the Scriptures and of everything related to the church. My brothers and sisters, I have been profoundly edified through these books. I love to read, especially the books that HeartCry puts in my hands because I recognize that the literature we are given is God-centered. Our own local church in Mallaritos was also blessed with a library in order for the members of the church to deepen their study of the Word. At the same time, I want to add to these things that I have been a witness of the many libraries that HeartCry has placed in the hands of pastors in the mountains, and also the distribution of Bibles for believers that do not have one.
Oh, beloved brothers and sisters, thank you very much! Thank you for your collaboration in putting into our hands resources of the highest quality. I must confess once again that my personal study through the Scriptures and the books that I have been given have changed and enriched my life, and the lives of others as well.
I want to thank HeartCry and all those who partner with us because not only have you provided us with good books, but you have also provided me personally with a laptop and a projector to use in the training of pastors in the mountains, as well as in other useful ways. The truth is, many of the pastors in the mountains learn more effectively if they are able to observe diagrams and presentations that allow them to visualize the information that they receive. Technology is good when used for the glory of God.
Another way in which HeartCry has worked together closely with us has been through the provision of needed resources to travel and visit churches in the mountains, far from the city. Personally, I have been supported with all that I need pertaining to trips into the mountains in order to visit churches. For a long time now, your support has allowed me to be involved in strengthening the churches and encouraging pastors, and this is something that I will continue to do by the grace of God.
HeartCry has also supported us and the other missionaries when there have been health needs. I would like to share a personal testimony of this in my own family:
Some years ago, my youngest daughter became seriously ill, and the doctors in the north of Peru where we live could not determine the cause of her high and constant fevers. We decided to take her to Lima where specialists in child illnesses could study her case, and we ended up spending almost an entire week there. God used HeartCry to help us with the expenses of our daughter’s treatment. Our daughter is now healthy and my wife and I always remember how God provided for us through HeartCry, and we pray to God in thankfulness for that.
When I think about those who support HeartCry, all that I feel is gratitude, love, and humility. I realize that rather than investing in other things, you have decided to invest in the ministry of the Word in missions. I want you to know that our work together in the Lord is not in vain.
Dear brothers and sisters who are reading these lines, “Thank you!” Thank you for helping in the work of missions in Peru and in the rest of the world. May the grace and peace of our God be with you all.