August 15, 2017
Peruvian Effort is an Inspiration
From the Superintendent's DESK
As the Peru camp meeting came to a close on Sunday, August 6, our team in Cajamarca sent this report of the final days.
Saturday was spent visiting three of our branch churches in the mountains. We left around ten in the morning and headed to our Bella Vista church. Taking a “combi” (van) over some very rough roads, we arrived in the vicinity about ninety minutes later. We were impressed that members of the congregation had been making this journey every evening to attend the camp meeting.
Before seeing the church, we visited the pastor, Rogelio Nontol-Ramos, at his house, which was an eight-minute walk off the road. A few of us had the pleasure of riding one of his horses, which he uses to travel twelve hours round-trip each week to support our church in Yanacocha. These people are such an inspiration!
We ate lunch and then proceeded to walk another fifteen minutes to the Bella Vista church where we had the opportunity to visit with a few of the saints.
We headed to our next destination, Espina Amarilla, around 2:15 in the afternoon. On the way, we stopped and took a picture of our Yanacocha church from the road. We didn’t go to the church, because it was a long walk from the road, and we were limited on time. We arrived after a three-hour drive, at our Espina Amarilla church where Aureliano Antivori-Quispe is the pastor. We enjoyed a meal and good fellowship with Brother Aureliano and his wife before returning to Cajamarca.
The next morning, we met for Sunday school taught by Sister Violeta from our Cajamarca church. The lesson was about maintaining friendships and used the example from 1 Samuel 18:1 of David and Jonathan.
In the afternoon, Sam Ajayi held a meeting with the pastors and their spouses to discuss some developmental and operational issues, and the meeting was very productive.
An ordinance service was held on Sunday night. It opened with Justin and Erin Green playing a violin and trumpet duet of “Lead Me to Calvary” and “Nothing but the Blood.” They also sang the last special, which traditionally closes the Portland camp meeting: “Para Siempre Dios Esté Con Vos” (“God be with You Till We Meet Again”).
For the message, Brother Rogelio exhorted everyone to be sure they were spiritually ready to partake of the Lord’s Supper. He said one who is not saved should not participate. He also said the ordinance service can be like a thermometer to help us gauge our standing with the Lord.
At the close of the service Brother Sam gave some final words of encouragement. He also announced that if the Lord tarries, next year’s camp meeting would be held July 29 through August 5. Then we took photos and said our goodbyes, many with tears in their eyes.
We were blessed to be part of this inspiring camp meeting!
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