A team of four (Sam Ajayi, Director of South America Work, his wife, Shade, Cynthia Fasola of Calgary, Alberta, and Catey Hinkle of Portland, Oregon) arrived in Guadalupe, Peru on Thursday, August 11. After checking in at their hotel, they proceeded right to the church where a meal had been prepared for them. Augustin Quiroz, the overseer of our work in Peru, was waiting to greet them, as well as Rogelio Ramos, pastor of our church in Combayo, Peru, and his wife, Maria. Brother Sam said the church had been repainted inside and out, and looked beautiful.
The Thursday and Friday evening services began with Sister Cynthia playing the violin, followed by congregational singing led by Keren Ydrogo. One of the testimonies came from a brother who said the Lord brought him to salvation through illness. He became sick and the efforts of doctors did not help, so he went to church to be prayed for. He felt better for a time, then worse again. He promised to give his life to the Lord if healed, and received salvation and healing. Afterward, he was diagnosed with a ruptured appendix and told that he could have died. He was thankful for salvation and that the Lord had spared him.
The message on Thursday was on the importance of having a testimony, taken from the account of the woman at the well (John 4:6-30). Because the woman was honest, she received pardon for her sins and a testimony of a radical change that she could proclaim to the people in the city. It was brought out that having a testimony of a personal encounter with the Savior is the most valuable asset in life.
Friday’s message was taken from Mark 10:46-52. The congregation was admonished to have the attitude of Bartimaeus: he cried to Jesus for help, though he was far from Him and had many obstacles in his way. Those present were encouraged to ask Jesus to supply their needs, especially the spiritual.
Both the Thursday and Friday altar services were good as the people have been taking advantage of two new altar benches placed in front of the platform.
With the glowing report brought back from the Cajamarca camp meeting by those who had attended from Guadalupe, the congregation decided formally to be part of the Apostolic Faith Church in Peru. Most of Friday and Saturday were spent at municipal and legal offices to make that possible. Brother Sam said there were many obstacles, “but the Lord caused the sea of difficulties to part.” For example, clerks at the registration office agreed to attend a church service to help finalize the process. This was done in a Saturday evening service. Brother Sam said “a very sweet fellowship followed, continuing until almost 11:30.”
In the morning, a Sunday school workshop was held showing how to present lessons to students of differing ages. Sister Catey demonstrated how to teach a children’s lesson, and Brother Sam demonstrated a lesson for adults, which focused on the life of Abraham and obedience. There was much participation, and a good prayer meeting followed.
During the afternoon meal, Sister Cynthia was asked to play her violin, and everyone joined in singing hymns in Spanish. It was a wonderful time of fellowship.
The evening meeting began with a prelude by Sister Cynthia. Then Aurelia Idrogo led the congregational singing. One of the testimonies was given by Carlos Idrogo. He said the Lord saved him, and he has had joy ever since. He also expressed gratitude for the reports of the Cajamarca camp meeting, and the insight he gained through the Sunday school workshop.
Before the message, Sisters Catey and Cynthia sang “Give Me Jesus” in Spanish. The sermon was an admonition concerning the Lord’s promise, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20). The congregation was encouraged to focus on the Lord to ensure His presence in the meetings and in their efforts to win souls.
Brother Sam concluded his report by saying, “We have had a very profitable time in Guadalupe. We thank the Lord for His protection, mercy, and the privilege to be among His people in Peru. It is difficult to leave the brethren here. Please remember them in prayer as they now focus on drawing closer to the Lord.”
Some of our team members are home now, while others are in transit. Let’s remember them in our prayers as well.