We held our first overnight family retreat for Iglesia Cristo Rey. It was well attended and a great time of fellowship, teaching about the family and fun. You can check out all the retreat pictures here.
We have had an incredible short term team season this year! One of our highlights was having Covenant Presbyterian Church, Little Rock, AR here for the first time. They are one of our amazing supporting churches that faithfully and generously gives financially, prays for us, sends us care packages and keeps up with us throughout the year. They were such servants and only God knows all the seeds that were planted during their hard working week with us. They served through word and deed in our new Arevalo hospital on the outskirts of our city. Here are some highlights from the week. . .
A couple of weeks ago, we had a very encouraging visit from Christ Covenant Presbyterian Church (Hernando, MS). This church has been partnering with Cristo Rey since it’s beginning and now coming along side as we look to form a church planting team to plant in another city. They are a new church themselves, planted by Pastor Clint Wilcke (right) five years ago, so they know well the challenges. Clint has also been one of Allen’s mentors and accountability partners for the past 10 years, so it is great to have him involved in the work here. Bob Barber (middle) who is vice president of our CMS board is a founding member of Christ Covenant and also knows the ends and outs of church planting and was a huge encouragement to the pastors, apprentices and university ministry.
Our girls hanging with the “teenage” girls from the Christ Covenant team.
Thanks Christ Covenant!
So proud of our friend Zoila. She is a university student who attends our church, one of our missional cell groups in the city and SUSA (university group). She chose to do her school project on our mission. It is really nice to have a video of our mission in Spanish! Check it out!
Year after year, we have the privilege of having a team of 30 plus medical staff from First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, MS come and serve in Peru. They serve long and hard all week long helping many patients in the Cajamarca and the outer lying Andes communities. Allen enjoys joining them each year to translate and offer pastoral counseling to the patients. It was a great week, but we are thankful to have him back on the coast with us.
Allen prefers to take a 8 hour overnight bus ride up the Andes each year to get the best dental care from Dr. Danny Story.
Photo credit to Steve Hill (top 4) & Caleb Sutton (bottom pic) for these pictures
After a week of manual labor working construction on one of our churches, the team came over for pizza and a dance party fusion. We invited a Peruvian couple from one of our churches to demonstrate and teach some classic Latin American dances and the team demonstrated some of their “American” dance moves:-). A fun end to a great week!
Pray for this team as they travel back to Memphis through the night tonight!
Our first breakfast fellowship was a hit. . .
Followed by Sunday School, which is new and fun for our young church . . . .
And then one of Allen’s apprentice’s, Esdras (below), beautifully led in worship for the first time. . .
It was a good Sunday for Cristo Rey. . . .
With great delight we welcome Josh & Elizabeth Johnson to our Trujillo team! They arrived last night after 3 months of language school. Josh will be working with our micro-finance ministry in the most poverty stricken area of our city. Their joyful & energetic personalities will be a great & fun addition to our team for the next two years!