August 3, 2017
Testimonies Inspire at Peru Camp Meeting
From the Superintendent's DESK
The Peru Camp Meeting began this past Sunday, July 30, with a theme of “Let us fall now into the hands of Jehovah.” Representing the Portland headquarters is Sam Ajayi, Director of South America Work, and his wife, Shade, along with Steve and Merrill Mixer, and their daughter and son-in-law, Justin and Erin Green, who brought a recent blessing with them—eight-month-old Evora Ester. The team sent this report of the first services.
For the past four years, the city of Cajamarca, a sprawling valley in the northern Andes, has been blessed with the Apostolic Faith Peru camp meeting. This year, as in years past, the event is being held near the expansive central plaza of the city.
For the opening activity, we came together for a Sunday school lesson on “Choosing Friends.” Brother Steve taught the lesson, using the story of Ruth and Naomi as a model of choosing godly friends. He reminded us that young or old, everyone needs a friend, and the best Friend is Jesus. It was emphasized that camp meeting is a time designed to reaffirm and strengthen our friendship with Jesus or start one with Him.
Our lesson was held in the evening, followed by an evangelistic service. Most of our brethren in the Cajamarca area are peasant farmers with livestock. Also, our churches are scattered on the mountains at high elevations and at varied distances to the city. Consequently, the majority of services and activities are scheduled to be held in the evenings.
The Sunday evangelistic service included stirring testimonies. Violeta Luna Hoyos told how the Lord brought her to salvation. She had complications during a pregnancy, and when it came time to deliver, the doctors told her they could save either her or the baby, but not both. She prayed to God with tears, promising to give Him her life if He would let her and her baby live. The Lord performed a miracle and spared them, but she did not keep her promise. Later, her marriage began to collapse, and that was too much for her to bear. She surrendered her life and her marriage to the Lord, and He saved her. Today her husband is the pastor of our church in Cajamarca.
Another inspiring testimony came from Rogelio Nontol-Ramos, pastor of our Bella Vista church in Combayo. He told how God protected him when he was gored by a bull. The impact was very severe to his side and back. As he was rushed to the hospital, the people of God began praying, and the Lord answered. Tests showed that he had not sustained any broken bones.
During the service, baby Evora was introduced to the saints, and she has become a major attraction. Her parents attended the first Cajamarca camp meeting in 2014 without a child, and now the Lord has blessed them with a beautiful daughter.
The evening message was taken from the account in 2 Samuel 24:10-19 of King David numbering the people of Israel in disobedience to God’s established instruction. When given the choice of three devastating judgements, he chose the one that would be delivered directly from God’s hand. It was brought out that God is merciful, and the safest place to be is in His hands. Many prayed earnestly following the service.
On Monday, a special night of music was held. Individuals, duets, and groups representing the different congregations in attendance sang as well as played instruments. At one point, Brother Justin was preparing to play a trumpet solo, and we began singing “Happy Birthday” to him. To round off the evening, Sister Erin played some impressive fiddling songs on the violin, concluding with “Glory, Glory, Hallelujah!” The congregation joined by singing the chorus along with her skillful fiddling. It was indeed a joyous and blessed evening. It gave all of us the expectation of great things to come during the camp meeting.
As we pray for this camp meeting and others, please remember Augustin Cueva Quiroz, the Peru District Superintendent, who has been seriously ill. He has been unable to walk or see, but his sight is improving, so we thank the Lord for that.
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