Touching hearts and lives across the country of Peru.

Map and facts about PeruIan and Juliana Morillo-Horne, with Andreas and Daniel, work in Cusco. Ian continues to be involved in Christian leadership training and has recently started working on nutrition and food security issues, particularly among the rural Quechua churches and communities. Juliana’s main ministry focus is providing training and support to churches and believers on Creation Care, so that they can gain a biblical understanding and live out a practical witness in this area. 

  • PRAY for the numerous rural Quechua churches, that the diverse biblical training initiatives in the region can prosper, that new leaders can be effectively discipled, that churches can move out from legalism and be renewed by the Spirit.
  • Over a quarter of the population in the highlands here face poverty, chronic malnutrition and diminishing crop yields due to climate change. PRAY for the church, which is also affected by these issues, to be and share the ‘good news’ in the face of these challenges.

Dave and Kay Stoker, with Joshua and Emily, also work in Cusco. They work with the local church in the Cusco region of Peru. Kay works with children and parents following a bereavement of a sibling, child or parent, through pastoral visits and bereavement camps. Dave is involved in discipling and training the youth and local leaders.

  • In July, Kay completed the second set of bereavement camps (camps for children and adults are run in parallel). PRAY as she now does follow-up.

Image of Strider with childElliot and Kirstin Taylor are working with the Arco Iris (Rainbow) ministry in Huaraz. Eliot is with the Street team, building relationships with the boys on the streets and their families. Kirstin is involved in various aspects, including giving English lessons to the girls and boys from the Casa Hogar (Happy Home), assisting in the office, and building relationships with the women in the Tejidos clothing project. 

  • PRAY for ongoing improvement with Spanish language.
  • PRAY for a strengthening of their relationships with all those they work with.

Based in Arequipa, Ruth McKee works as a physiotherapist in the Shalom Centre, which is a special needs school. ‘Apart from providing therapy I am also involved in Bible talks for the children and mums, home visits and organising extra activities.’ 

  • PRAY for the relationships with families of the children at the Shalom Centre will continue to be strengthened.
  • PRAY that all those who came to the ‘Beyond suffering’ course at the end of September will learn how to apply all they learnt about what the Bible says about disability.

Image of Step team with children, playing a gameHannah Wilkinson recently arrived as a Stay member in Peru. ‘I am studying Spanish in language school until the end of the year and then plan to become the Short Term Coordinator for Peru.’ 

  • PRAY for patience and perseverance in Spanish learning and that I would continue to settle into life in Peru. 

PRAY for the rest of the Peru team based outside Lima:

  • Sarah Clay, working with the Arco Iris programme for children and young people who work on the streets of Huaraz.
  • Bernhard and Hanny Wenk work in the jungle city of Puerto Maldonado, teaching on family life and raising awareness about childhood sexual abuse.
  • Henry Charca is the Latin Link representative at the International College in Arequipa, supporting the Christian ministries in the school. 
  • Eli Stunt leads the Arco Iris project in Huaraz. 
  • Mayte Lanero works with the Arco Iris project, as a Christian Social Educator with children and young people at risk.
  • Mirjam and Jürg Hofer are based in Trujillo, and help the Corazones Unidos (United Hearts) organisation, which works with people with disabilities.
  • Elisabeth Wyler works with Corazones Unidos, helping with the different programmes.
  • PRAY also for Chris and Fiona Courtman, with Edith, Rufus and Theodore, who arrived in September to do a two-year Stride placement in Arequipa.

Pray for Peru:

  • Many of you have prayed for many years for the law of religious freedom that came in nearly exactly five years ago and has been adversely affecting the Evangelical church and mission organisations in Peru. We give thanks that the law was recently modified to allow mission agencies to have their own section in the Ministry of Justice registry with no requirement for a minimum number of members.
  • PRAY that the Church in Peru would look outwards and be salt and light in society.
  • Please continue to PRAY for the El Inca bookshop as it seeks to serve and strengthen the church in Peru through Christian literature. PRAY for Gustavo Yábar, the general manager, as he leads the team there. 

Other prayer points... October

8 Inspire25! England and Wales conference in Sutton Coldfield. Pray that it will be an inspiring time, looking back over 25 years of Latin Link and forward to the next 25!

8 Mission Conference at Emmanuel Church in Lurgan, Northern Ireland. Heather Law will manning the Latin Link stand.

9–19 Martin Haworth is on stage 2 of his North-east Churches Tour. Pray for growing partnerships with churches.

12–15 Global Mission Conference 2016 in Muswell Hill, London. This gathering of mission workers, agencies, church leaders and members will be considering ‘Mission in the Third Millennium’. Ex-trustee Samuel Cueva is one of the hosts.

14–16 The Arco Iris (Rainbow) team in Huaraz is holding its annual staff retreat. Pray for spiritual and physical refreshment and a great time of fellowship and mutual encouragement.

14–16 Conference for mission agency leaders and church leaders in Brazil. Latin Link Brazil member Jan will be giving talks about the care of Mission Kids (MKs). Pray that those attending see the importance of looking out for the well-being of MKs.

20 In Bolivia, Graham and Debbie Frith ask for prayer for ongoing discussions about another potential El Alfarero (The Potter) project in La Paz. Pray that the Lord would guide.

25 In Cariré, Brazil, Ruth and Izaías de Assis have started a fundraising project to build a community centre for Proclamation Church. It involves the local production and sale of gypsum bricks to generate funds. Pray that the local community see the potential and begin to purchase the bricks.

Thank you for praying

Thanks for praying for the Latin American and Caribbean mission mobilisers summit in Lima, Peru. Paul and Ruth Turner have been invited to take part in a working group to design and produce a mobilisation kit for mission mobilisers and churches across the world. The next planning meetings are 18–21 October.