The Lord continues to providentially uphold the work in South America as the Gospel continues to advance. In February, all of the HeartCry missionaries in South America were able to attend our conference in Lima on the theme of “The Biblical Pattern of Shepherding Souls.” The conference dealt principally with the centrality of Christ in ministry and the pattern that we see in His life and in the life of the apostle Paul, revealing how to care for souls. After talking with many of the missionaries at this conference, it was clear that the Lord used the teachings of Anthony Mathenia and John Snyder to remind the men of the severity of their calling and of their responsibility to care for the flock that the Lord has entrusted to them. Many of the missionaries have asked for copies of the teachings to be able to distribute them to other pastors in their regions. Pray that the Lord would use these needed messages to remind men of the importance of always preaching Christ and exalting Him as the all-sufficient substance and example in ministry.
The work in Lima, though recently passing through some difficult circumstances, continues to move forward. HeartCry is currently working alongside nine missionaries in Lima who are each laboring as church planters and pastors. Also, it seems the Lord might be opening a door for the missionaries in Lima to receive further training in doctrine and ministry through a veteran missionary in Peru. This brother has many years serving in Peru. He is well aware of many of the doctrinal needs in the country and understands the importance right theology and biblical practice. Lord willing, this will help the missionaries in Lima as they study different theological doctrines through a series of courses. Pray that the Lord would use these courses to equip the men, in order that they might honor Him in their labors as pastors.
San Rafael, Tarapoto
In the jungles surrounding Tarapoto, the Lord seems to be raising up more and more believers who are hungry for the Word. Arturo Marin, a HeartCry missionary who is also one of the leaders of an association of churches in the region, has been involved with training some of the other pastors in the association and also in other churches nearby. By the time this report is read, we will have already had a conference in the jungles of San Martin, close to San Rafael, where Arturo Marin is pastoring. This conference was organized by Arturo in order to help the pastors in the association of churches, and the theme will be “The Cross of Christ” as it applies to the family and to the role of the pastor. Pray that these teachings by Paul Washer and Javier Carhuapoma (HeartyCry missionary in the northern region of Peru) will be used of the Lord to bring life to the congregations as men and women hear of the glorious reality of all that Christ has done for us on the cross.
Wehrner Pancorbo, is the only HeartCry missionary working in Cuzco. In February he began a church plant alongside three American missionaries, and since then, these men have been evangelizing in the town centers and also meeting with people who have questions about the gospel they are preaching. Nearly the entire population of Cuzco practices some form of Roman Catholicism, though much of the religion of the city is mixed with ancient Inca beliefs. Pray that the Lord would give Wehrner and the other men strength to continue in the work of evangelism and preaching in the midst of such deception; pray that He would bring many people to salvation through their efforts.
Although many of the believers of this region find themselves in difficult economic situations, the churches are continuing to prosper spiritually and grow in the grace of God. In a very isolated town a few hours outside the city of Sullana, Gilberto Nole has witnessed the mercy of the Lord, who is faithfully adding more believers to their number. In a town where there is neither running water nor electricity, God is demonstrating that all that is needed to win souls is the Gospel of His Son. Wilmer Navarro and his family will be experiencing a change, as they are moving to a small town called Pampa Flores, where he is hoping to plant a church, while also laboring with a pastor in a nearby town. Pray that the Lord would continue to use, strengthen, and encourage these saints.
Nicolás Serrano, the only HeartCry missionary working in Argentina, continues to see the Lord’s blessing on his efforts as the pastor of a church plant in Rosario. Along with his co-pastor, Esteban, Nicolás has seen what appear to be many genuine conversions over the past year. Rosario is an increasingly secular city, and can only be made alive by the quickening power of the Spirit. Pray that the Lord would continue to cause eternal fruit to come forth through the preaching and counseling at this church in Rosario.