Lima and Pucallpa, Peru Pastors Conference
September 14 – 23
“Then Jesus declared, ‘I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.”
Lima is the Capital city of Peru. Pucallpa is along the Rio Ucayali River.
Reid Saunders Association is partnering with Tim Robnett Ministries and Bob Lentz of Life Promotions to host a pastor’s conference in preparation for a citywide outreach and festival in Villa El Salvador in Lima next year.
“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!’” Isaiah 52:7
- Pray for Ruth, Tim, and Sherri Robnett as they meet, train, motivate, and give the vision to the pastors
- Pray for pastors and missionaries to see the festival as an opportunity to introduce people to Jesus
- Pray for the location in Lima for the festival next year
There will be two Pastor’s conferences, one in Lima and one in Pucallpa. With evangelism as the topic, these conferences will serve both missionaries and pastors along with their spouses. They will be encouraged in the ministries of evangelism, family relations, perseverance, and church outreach. At this time, we are expecting 100 pastors to come to each event.
“May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” Hebrews 13:20-21
- Pray for more pastors and missionaries to attend the conferences
- Pray for a continued unity among the church body, for these pastors and missionaries to be strengthened and encouraged, and for more people to come to know the abundant life Jesus has for us
Fun facts about Lima
Lima (the capital of Peru) is home to 8.5 million people. The festival next year will be in Villa El Salvador in Lima. While there are 350,000 people in Lima, Peru itself has 31 million people!
Most people speak Spanish and are bilingual, with Quechua being the second language for many. However, there are 93 languages spoken in Peru, mainly in the Amazon Basin.
Peruvians elected a new president April 10, 2016. The Peruvian general public has expressed widespread disillusionment with the country’s political class because of corruption. However, Peru is considered one of the least political troubled countries in South America.
In Peru, Catholicism is the dominate religion and is recognized as the state church. However, over the last 50 years, the evangelical church has grown dramatically, increasing from just 78,000 in 1960 to over 3.4 million today.
Interestingly, Peru enjoyed rapid economic growth due to a massive Chinese construction boom, which was fortified by Peru’s iron and copper sectors. (Who would have thought?) But barring major shifts in global mining commodity markets, Chinese demand continues to decline. So too, Peru’s economic growth is declining. Unfortunately during the past 18 months, Peru has fallen into a trade deficit and has lost $5.9 billion in foreign reserves.
With a population of nine million, Lima is the fourth-largest city in the Americas. Although it has a growing middle class, the outskirts of Lima contain “pueblos jovenes,” communities of people who moved to Lima in the hopes of finding healthcare, education, and work opportunities. One million of such people in Southern Lima, which includes Villa El Salvador, live in extreme poverty. Their homes consist of reed mats or plywood, and they have limited, if any, access to water or electricity.
Poor sanitary conditions owing to lack of water, a sewage system, and electricity are evident in the outskirts of Lima. Although the healthcare system is run by the government and is considered good, it does not have the capacity to treat the high population in Lima. In the “pueblos jovenes” communities, there are medical clinics that are practically BYOMS – Bring Your Own Medicine and Supplies. When the sick visit one of these clinics, they have to provide their own needles, IV fluid, and antibiotics–even their own toilet paper!
Please take a moment to pray right now; not only do your prayers spur God to action, but your prayers encourage and fuel us! If you would like to share your prayer with us we would love to multiply it with an “Amen!”