Church Planter / Pastor - Cuzco, Peru
Wehrner is the pastor of the church "Iglesia Cristiana de Gracia" (Grace Christian Church) in Cuzco, Peru. He moved from Chiclayo, Peru with his family and began this new work in February of 2013.
I was born in a Christian home in 1971, in Cuzco, Peru. My mom was a Christian, and when I was a child she took my brothers and I to a Baptist Church. However, my father was not a believer and eventually he decided that he did not want us to go to church. This discouraged my mother, but without him knowing, she sent us there anyway while she stayed home, and our Sunday school teacher picked us up.
I attended church until I was 18 years old. At that time there was an evangelistic campaign at church and I decided to go. When the preacher made the invitation to accept Jesus Christ, I felt the great need to seek God, and I raised my hand. As a consequence, a lot of people at the church asked me, “Aren’t you a Christian already?", but in that moment I understood much more about the salvation that God offers us, and I knew that I was not a Christian. So, I unashamedly went to the altar. I repented of my sins, and from then on, my heart was excited to share about what was happening in my life.
After some time, my Sunday school teacher asked me about that experience, and helped me to be sure about my salvation. I told him how happy I felt, and that I had a peace like I had never had before, so he told me: “You accepted Jesus, and your joy is because you have given your life to the Lord." He began to disciple me, and God has been working in my life everyday since my conversion in February of 1989. In August of that same year I was baptized.
The next year my father found a job for me at the government’s Health Department and I had to travel to Cuzco (Quillabamba, Kamisea). I would be working as a team leader to help in the fight against malaria. This job helped me to meet some brothers in the jungle, and I began to visit them regularly. They wanted me to teach them the Bible, but I felt that I didn’t know enough about the Bible in order to teach. I was discouraged because I felt unable to help these brothers, even though they had a desire to learn more. This happened to me in a lot of towns I visited, and I thought to myself: “When will I become more able to teach them about God?”
For a while, I was discouraged with the thought that I was incapable of teaching or preaching correctly. In 1992, a pastor friend of mine died and many brothers arrived from the city of Trujillo. Immediately, I told them about the needs in the jungle, and one of the pastors and other brothers from Trujillo told me about going to seminary, mentioning that there I would be able to learn how to teach the Bible. They encouraged me to go, and I decided to travel to the seminary because of my desire to teach and preach. However, my father was opposed to my decision to quit my job. The brothers at my church told me to pray and trust that God would solve this problem in His timing. So I returned to work for a while longer, but in the first week of March I finally resigned and went to Trujillo.
After my conversion God was really working in my life, and every teacher and classmate was helping me to learn more about the Bible. When I finally finished my three years of study, God gave me a great desire to be a pastor, so I determined to serve Him and give Him all my life to be His servant. Now I can understand why the Lord carried me through the jungle and made me feel the need to teach and preach His Word. Therefore, I give thanks to God for giving me this desire, and I give Him all the honor and the glory. I know that without Him I would not be what I am now.
I have been working for the Lord for many years now, and I can give testimony to the work of God in me and His faithfulness to me. He has taught me how to depend on Him more and more in recent years, so that now I rely on God for all that I do; whether it be in my family life or serving Him. I simply ask you to pray to the Lord for me.