In 1991, Alberto Huamaní came to me in a conference for Quechua speakers. He said, “God has called me to Ayacucho to start a church. At that time, Ayacucho was the headquarters for the terrorists who were trying to overthrow the government. Four pastors have gone there before me, and they’ve all been killed by terrorists. I know God has called me, and if I die, I die doing what He called me to do. Please pray for me.”
Now, 25 year later, Alberto has a church of over 100 people, and last week hosted a regional pastors conference for the mountain pastors. Twenty-five pastors from around the Andes highlands, plus other leaders and members, some 150 people in all, in this Andean town at 9,000 ft. altitude.
This group of pastors is near and dear to my heart, as we started out ministry in Peru working with Quechua speakers. Even though I work as an interpreter for the many American ministers who speak here in Peru, I needed an interpreter in Ayacucho last week, as a lot of people still speak Quechua. It was a joy to minister to these faithful servants who lead churches in this very difficult and backward part of Peru.
I spent some time visiting with Alberto, and he told me of one of the great challenges of the mountain society, which is alcoholism. Tears ran down his face as he shared his burden to start a center to treat alcoholics. The church members are ready and willing to help with the ongoing care of these individuals, but they need land to build a care center. There is a parcel of land adjacent to the church that is for sale, at a cost of $15,000. Please help us help Alberto make that dream come true by making a donation, clicking DONATE at the top of this page, following the link, and selecting Alcohol Rehab Center.
- On July 13, 2016
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