After a short-term trip to Manaus, Brazil, a call to international ministry was solidified in both David and Gina’s hearts. When they were offered the opportunity to join a team of church planters in Peru, they uprooted their 2 children, Nicole and Alex, and moved to Costa Rica for one year of language study and then on to Peru, where they worked as a team planting a church and then starting a small group ministry among political and business leaders. As these ministry initiatives took root and solid Peruvian leadership was founded, and after the leader of the Shining Path was jailed, they began a ministry in the shantytown of Flores de Villa. There was no running water, sewage or access to medical facilities. In partnership with a Peruvian doctor, we opened a medical post in the community Gina began a Bible study with 6 Health Promoters and for one year studied the book of Philippians and what it meant to have the joy of the Lord. What a transformative year it was! The lives of those 6 women changed so dramatically, that neighbors, friends and families were amazed and all wanted “some of that”. There is now a large family of friends in Jesus in the community that continue to reach out sharing God’s goodness with others.
To address the intolerable physical needs of this family of friends, the non-profit, Peruvian Partners was born. However, they are always cognizant that a person’s circumstances can change, but without a new heart, there is no real lasting joy.
One of the great honors and joys of my life is to be able to pass on ministry leadership to Peruvians. (1 Timothy 2:2)