Latin Link members in Lima, Peru, are touching many hearts in the capital:

Map and facts about PeruPaul and Ruth Turner lead the team in Peru. ‘It’s such an encouragement to see and experience first-hand how God is using our members in the areas of leadership development, mobilisation and integral mission.’

  • From 11–15 September, Paul will be in Arequipa visiting the International School, including the Shalom Centre. PRAY that he would be an encouragement to the team and staff at the school as they celebrate their anniversary.

Andy and Brenda Parkins have recently returned from sabbatical. Brenda is seconded by Latin Link Peru to the Editora Crista Evangélica in Brasil. She is revising materials originally written in Portuguese but now being produced for Spanish-speaking Latin America. Andy’s ministry is directed towards the pastors in Huaycán, particularly those of independent churches and who therefore lack denominational support. The aim is to accompany and encourage them in their work. They are both beginning to get involved in their local church.

  • PRAY for wisdom for Brenda in the task of producing teaching materials for Sunday school teachers to use across a broad spread of Spanish-speaking countries where basic things such as rubbers and glue have different names!
  • PRAY for Andy as he begins to preach regularly in churches, and leads a bi-weekly men's Bible study group. 

Tom and Catherine Wilmot are both involved in the ministry of Luz y Esperanza (Light and Hope) Church in La Tablada, encouraging the members in their faith and in outreach to the local community, through kids’ work, youth work, discipleship and evangelism. In addition, Catherine is part of an English-speaking women’s prison ministry to the foreigners in jail and on parole in Lima. Tom is equipping teachers at the nursery in Ramón Castilla (part of the outreach of the La Tablada church) to teach English and does website work for Latin Link Peru.

  • PRAY for the youth group, that it engages with the youth in the community and that this group would grow and develop.
  • PRAY for more workers in the church to help with existing ministries.
  • PRAY that the prison ministry women keep seeking God and allowing him to change their lives.

Sharon Jones works with Buena Tierra (Good Soil), a ministry that creates and publishes Bible-based teaching materials for children and teenagers and offers training for those involved in work with children in churches and schools. Sharon’s next project is a holiday Bible club (written by Jenny Brown, below) that use David’s life story and Psalms to teach about our relationship with God and the natural world. It is a little different in format from usual and is both evangelistic and creation care focused.

  • PRAY that many churches would be interested in the holiday Bible club, and that many kids would hear the truth about God from the Bible. 

Image of kids club in PeruRoland and Jenny Brown, with Sam, Ben, Hilda and Katy: ‘This year we are living and working in Chorrillos, a southern district of Lima. We are part of the leadership team of Oikos Church, whose ministry encompasses the local area, Pacífico shanty town on the hill above, and a training school for a group of students mainly from the jungle region. Roland’s focus is mainly teaching, administration and pastoral work. Jenny heads up a group working with kids and youth through sport in Pacífico. As a family we set up the prayer tent for 24 hours of prayer once a month.’ Roland continues on the leadership team of Latin Link Peru and Jenny is just finishing work on a Buena Tierra holiday Bible club (see Sharon Jones above).

  • PRAY for the Browns in their roles in both Oikos and Latin Link.

Margaret Saunderson: ‘I am involved in evangelism and discipleship in several areas of Lima, along with leadership training in the churches I have been involved in planting.'

  • PRAY for the many people that attend the churches, and that more people will be able to take on responsibility and disciple others.
  • PRAY also for the camps and retreats that Margaret organises from time to time. There is a ladies’ retreat on 30 August, which is a holiday here, so PRAY for new people to come to that and for them to be touched by the Holy Spirit and give their lives to Jesus.

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

  • Eduardo and Margo Huaman, working in evangelism and discipleship with a church plant in a shanty town in Lima.
  • Angela Durand de Silva, who coordinates the work of the Latin Link Peru office, including legal and visa requirements.
  • Kerstin Abbas, who is part of a team looking at the feasibility of a rehabilitation centre on the outskirts of Lima.
  • Alice Zhang, working with a Hope International microfinance project in Comas, a deprived areas in north Lima.

Pray for Peru:

  • New president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and his new cabinet were sworn into office on 28 July. He doesn’t hold a majority in congress so PRAY for them as they try to work together. His focus is economic growth; the environment doesn’t seem to be a priority. PRAY for Juliana Horne and others advocating a biblical view of creation care.
  • Latin Link Peru will soon be opening a library for pastors and leaders in Lima. PRAY that God uses this resource to bless many in their spiritual growth and leadership.
  • We give thanks for the number of Peruvians expressing an interest in serving in mission. PRAY for wisdom as we walk with people responding to God’s call on their lives. 

Other prayer points... September

1 Ray and Bridget Bennett Miller start work in new roles within the ProMETA online university in Costa Rica. Bridget is assisting the EMA mission department, while Ray is developing an online Masters in mission. Pray that they settle into their new roles quickly.

12 Matias and Paul Smyth de Rigau return to Córdoba, Argentina, to continue their studies at the EMPI after three months of serving in a Baptist church in Villa Dolores. Pray for them as they settle back into studying.

15–18 EXPOLIT book fair in Miami, USA. This is a key event for most of the Letra Viva publishers. Although he has been involved in the event’s organisation, Ian Darke is not attending this year. Pray that the Letra Viva representatives make good contacts with book distributors and ministries.

16–18 Colombia team retreat. Pray for a refreshing, encouraging and worthwhile time.

18–29 Scotland Coordinator Martin Haworth is on stage 1 of his North-east Church Tour. It includes manning a Latin Link stand at the Northern Convention from the 26th. Pray for good interaction with local church leaders.

19 In Peru, Buena Tierra finishes its ten-week Level 2 Christian Education course this week. Pray that the students can apply what they have learnt in their churches. 

25–2 Oct Ruth McKee asks for prayer for Swiss Stay members Jürg and Mirjam Hofer, who will be in Arequipa, Peru, to teach the ‘Beyond suffering’ course in the Shalom Centre. It’s a course about disability, faith and church. Pray that this will be an encouraging and strengthening time.

25–2 Oct In Cariré, Brazil, Proclamation Church is holding its main event of the year – The Feast of Tabernacles. Ruth and Izaías de Assis ask for prayer that people will come to know God better through the creativity and preaching.

28–2 Oct It’s the Dervock Presbyterian Mission Week in Northern Ireland. Ireland Coordinator Heather Law will be representing Latin Link. Pray for fruitful conversations.