At the beginning of 2016, HeartCry began supporting Eduardo Aricari in his church-planting efforts in the city of Huaycan, located about an hour outside of Lima. In addition to pastoring, Eduardo also trains pastors and church leaders with a local seminary in various regions of Peru.
A young man that I have been discipling, named Yoel has had to travel to the mountains for his studies. The Lord put it on his heart to share what he had been learning with the people in the high regions of Huancavalica. He tells me that people have been very accepting of the teaching, so much so that he fears that he cannot lead them, as he is new in the faith. For this reason, he has asked me to accompany him there, and we are now praying about making a two-day trip along with another brother from the church to visit the village. In the towns in that region, there are no churches. Each village has about three hundred inhabitants.
We are praying that if the Lord in His grace is awakening people to the gospel, He would also help us find people from other churches to go and build up the work there. That region has an extremely cold climate, and there are very few people who are willing to travel there. Yoel is now traveling back to our town every two weeks to be further trained before going right back to the mountains. Truly, we need your prayers that the Lord would give us wisdom with regard to how to help these brothers.
A couple weeks ago, a man of Ashaninka ethnicity providentially visited us. He lives in the Mazamari region of Peru, and he came to ask for help with pastoral training of the men in that area, since he is president of the association of pastors of the native communities there. He is concerned because there is not much training available to the men; many of them are sent out as pastors into their villages after only two weeks of instruction! I am meeting with several other pastors to see if together we can begin going to those places, alternating our visits so that we can train and help the brothers at least in a small manner.
I now say goodbye, thanking the Lord for such a great privilege of serving Him and asking you to pray for my family and myself—that the Lord would strengthen us and continue pouring out His grace on our lives and that the church would be used to give all the glory to our God and Savior Jesus Christ, faithfully carrying out His will for us!