Javier Carhuapoma is the pastor of the Baptist Church of Maranatha in Paita, Peru. His ministry and influence is felt throughout many churches in the northern region of Peru. He is one of our most trusted laborers in Latin America, and we count it a privilege to work with Him.
We give thanks to God for His grace and mercy as we look back on this past month, which was filled with His blessing. Toward the end of the month, we had an evangelistic retreat to which we invited many people from the surrounding community. There were approximately seventy people who came. At the end of the retreat, a woman named Maritza asked to speak with my wife and me. She shared with us the following:
“I was born into a home in which I knew only my mother. When I was eight, my mother told me that we were going to travel to the town where my father lived so that I could meet him. When we were before the man that my mother said was my father, he told me that he was not my father. He said that my skin was too dark to be his daughter, since he was very light-skinned. Because of this experience, ever since I was eight years old, I have always felt rejected.
“Later, my mother and a different man took me to the city of Paita, and there I became a victim of sexual abuse. Shortly after that, my mother met yet another man and then suddenly disappeared with him. At nine years of age, I had been abandoned by my mother. Even while I was still a young girl, I tried to commit suicide; but a family had compassion on me and began to take care of me.
“When I was fifteen, I ran off with the first man that showed interest in me. I now have six kids, and though I know I have a responsibility as a mother, I have tried to take my own life several more times.
“When I first began to go to your church, the Word made me reflect seriously on my life, and it made me want to come to this retreat. I have found that the Gospel is the greatest thing that one could ever have, and I want to repent now and follow Jesus. I need God. He is my hope.”
She fell to the floor weeping, as she cried out, “I need the Lord! He is my Savior!” We praise God for His work with this lady and her family. She has since been attending our church services with her six kids and the father of her children. Please pray for the salvation of her children and their father.