Thus far, we have only included a fraction of the news of what the Lord is doing around the world through our indigenous partners. And yet we come to the end of the magazine with only one page left to share about the work in South America. It is probably just as well, because if we had a hundred pages upon which to write, we could not adequately explain the work or describe the kindness of God which has prospered it!
In our beloved country of Peru, the work continues to expand in number and maturity. There are several new works springing up around some of the established churches in Lima, and the missionaries continue to encourage us in their tireless efforts for the glory of God. Although there is always a need for further training and greater spiritual and doctrinal maturity, their zeal for ministry is unmatched. The missionaries in Lima regularly launch out into the streets, parks, and buses to do open-air preaching and distribute tracts in the surrounding districts.
At the moment, HeartCry is supporting thirty missionaries in the country of Peru. Of this number, the great majority are church-planting pastors seeking not only to win the lost, but also to establish biblical churches.
In the country of Argentina, HeartCry is currently supporting one missionary/church planter - Nicolas Serrano.
Nicolas is one of the two founding pastors of Iglesia Biblica de la Gracia (Grace Bible Church) in Rosario, Argentina. Although he started this church in 2010, Nicolas spent the better part of 2011 studying with the elders of the Church of the Savior in Barranco, Peru. In this last year, the work has faithfully advanced, and Nicolas has grown tremendously in his knowledge of the Scriptures and competency for ministry.
New Coordinator (In Training)
In the early months of 2012, our South American coordinator Brad White left HeartCry to pastor in his home state of Kentucky. At that time, Paul Washer agreed to take over his responsibilities until a replacement could be found. In November of 2012, Luke Nash joined the HeartCry staff with the view of being trained to take over the work in South America. Brother Luke is a graduate of Virginia Tech and a member of Radford Fellowship. He has a degree in International Studies and Spanish.
In 2012, HeartCry made its first visit to the country of Brazil, and we are currently praying about the open door which the Lord has placed before us. Brazil is the largest country in South America and the fifth largest country in the world, both by geographical area and by population, with over 193 million people. Closely associated with Brazil is the country of Portugal. It is one of the least evangelized countries in Europe with less than 3% claiming an evangelical faith.
Finally, Brother Nash has brought a new burden to HeartCry - the unevangelized indigenous peoples of southern Mexico. The area is one of the least evangelized in the entire Western Hemisphere.